Betmar Hats for Village Hats
When our Founder, Fred Belinsky asked Bernard Grossman, founder of Betmar Hats of New York for information about the company's history, he sent this: "It was the depth of the Great Depression - the year was 1933 - hat business was flourishing in spite of the difficult economic times. The top salespeople in the business were Elizabeth and Murray Marks. Although successful on the sales end, they were in need of a strong factory. They sought a skilled manufacturer and found M. Grossman & Son, an old-line cap maker with roots dating back to 1911. BETMAR was born - the name chosen was taken from 'Betty Marks' who was the first designer. Within six months Betmar blossomed at key department stores around the country. Betty Marks continued making great designs into the 1950s - her protégé Miss Arleen carried the name and reputation forward for many years. Betmar is sold today in more than 15 countries and Ms. Kimberli MacKay leads the design team. PS - The 'M' was Meyer Grossman, my grandfather, and the 'Son' was my father, Max."
We want to add that the millinery (women's) side of the hat business is very capricious. In our 35 years of hat selling, we have seen dozens of millinery companies come and go. The fact that Betmar has been around so long, three generations in the same family, speaks volumes about their products, customer service, and the like. --- In August 2012, Betmar Celebrated its 80th Anniversary --- Enjoy this collection. At Village Hats we check live stock feeds to ensure that all our Betmar hats available to order are in stock and ready for despatch. If you have a particular product in mind, you can use our on-site filtering tool at the top of the page. The drop down boxes allow you to search our Betmar hats by colour, size, type and price. Free delivery within the UK is available for every Betmar hat we stock!