The homburg is made from stiff felt and has a grosgrain hatband and brim trim. Although the homburg is a formal hat, it is not an alternative to the top hat. The original homburg was slightly larger than more recent versions.
It was popularized by Edward VII of the UK (1841..1910) after he visited Bad Homburg in Hesse, Germany, and brought back a hat of this style, which had been used locally. He was flattered when his hat style was mimicked, and at times he insisted on being copied.
Anthony Eden made the dark homburg so fashionable during the 1930s that it became known as the "Eden hat" among many of the clothing shops of London's Savile Row. At his 1953 inauguration, Dwight D. Eisenhower ended a tradition by wearing a black homburg instead of a top hat. He also wore a homburg at his second inauguration, a hat that took three months to craft and was dubbed the "international homburg" by hatters since workers from ten countries participated with its making.
Some Orthodox Jewish, usually Misnagdish, rabbis wear black homburgs, though this practice is also decreasing. It is considered somewhat more traditional and distinguished than the black fedora worn commonly by Orthodox Jews.
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