You've got to take your hat off to Simon Smuts-Kennedy, the Wellington man keeping headwear fashionably relevent around the world.

It's true not all superheros wear capes. This one wears hats.

Hatman, aka Simon Smuts-Kennedy, is a Wellington superhero known around the globe not just for his outrageous suits — always complete with matching mask and topper — but for the quality and distinct style of the hats produced in his Wellington factory.

As the third generation in a line of textile manufacturers, Smuts-Kennedy says making hats was in his blood. "I've grown up with fabric on the table," he

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