Leather Characteristics

Scarring and subtle variations naturally occur on genuine leathers which believe enhances the character and individuality of each hat. 


Our Suede derives from cow split leather that is finely snuffed to create a lush outer pile. The underside is coated leaving a sealed surface, with a dull lustre that is smooth to the touch.

To keep your hat clean we recommend you consider using a suede waterproofing spray (eg Scotchgard or Nikwax) when the hat is new and prior to wearing. The spray will seal the porous leather fibres allowing both water and surface dirt to be easily removed.

To revitalise your suede hat use a brass wire suede brush on the outer side only by brushing one way following the natural fall of the pile.



Richard and his wife Catherine Whillas first constructed their own oilskin cloth using a 'wringer mangler' and a combination of oils and waxes found on the local land. Known for its functionality and durability, this cloth was ideal to protect their family and wharf equipment against the harsh artic winds as they manned the Cappe Jaffa lighthouse.

Eventually parts of the family would go onto manufacture outerwear garments and hats for Australians and later, as word spread, worldwide. It was during this time that "Kakadu Traders Australia" would become a brand, synonymous with quality, comfort, and durability.

50 years on and still under the watchful eyes of the Whillas family, Kakadu Traders Australia supplies tough, reliable products worldwide. Strong canvas, refined oils & waxes and rugged cowhide are amongst the raw materials that give our products the guts to get the job done time & time again.