1990s Bollman Heritage Collection Floppy by Bollman Hat Company
Golf hats, Australian inspired Outback hats and floppy brims for women dominated Bollman's production in the 1990's. To keep up with demand, Bollman expanded its San Angelo, Texas production to straw hats and LiteFelts. in addition to scouring wool. Bollman acquired Country Gentleman in 1995 and the women's hat brand, Betmar, in 1999. The United States entered the Gulf War in 1990, the earliest public version of the internet was introduced in 1991 and the Los Angeles riots and Rodney King controversy occurred in 1992. Other notable events included the Oklahoma City bombing and the O.J. Simpson murder trials.
After the excess of the 1980's, a competing concept of fashion began to arise in America. Styles from the hip-hop world and the grunge movement begin to meld together to create a somewhat more basic approach to fashion. Overly flashy colors and hair-raising patterns gave way to solid colors. Simple stripes ruled the day. Jennifer Lopez, or J-Lo, became a fashion and cultural icon in the 1990's. She really hit her stride with the movie Selena and her entry into the music world in 1999. While she topped many people's fashion lists, her attire still had the cool sophistication that blended different cultures together. Her wide-brim, floppy hat became a symbol of bold, urban design mixed with casual, understated tones. Bollman's Floppy is a rounded-crown hat with a wide brim in brown felt with a thin purple ribbon band. This hat comes in a special edition Bollman Heritage Hat Box.