John Cavanagh, a New York Hatter, began his career in 1880. He worked under his mentor, James H. Knapp at Crofut & Knapp. Cavanagh became Vice President by 1907 and then Presedent by 1923.
The company Cavanagh-Dobbs Inc. was born in 1928. It included his own label, Cavanagh Hats, which was based out of New York City.
John Cavanagh became an instrumental part of the Hat industry and helped to reshape and influence the design of men’s dress hats. His innovative ideas and approach to hat making earned him the Neiman Marcus Fashion Award. It was in recognition of his services to the American hat industry.
Today’s Cavanagh hats are as stylish and well made as the original hats John Cavanagh created back in the 1920’s and 1930’s. His legacy of expert craftsmanship continues today.