SALZBURG

GENEVA

WESTMINSTER

HUDSON

Face

Profile

47/8

51/8

51/2

53/4

Drexler Crown Blocks

Classic men’s dress hats are initially formed over simple oval blocks to create a domed crown. The crown is then shaped by hand after the hat has been removed from the block. The height, taper and other nuances of each block’s shape are the foundational elements that will, in part, determine the silhouette or “look” of the finished hat.


Leon Drexler uses four different sets of hat blocks. As a point of reference for comparison, each set has been given a name. The type of block used for each hat in the Drexler portfolio is referenced at the bottom of the description on the hat’s detail page, or through the lists below. Looking through these hats will provide a sense of how each block is used and how they may differ in their general effect. Below is a graphic overview. These silhouettes were photographically derived and show the actual relative shapes and sizes of the four blocks.


The Salzburg, Geneva and Westminster blocks provide a progression from shallower and more tapered to taller and fuller. The Hudson block is the tallest but more tapered than the Westminster block, as well as flatter on the top (and often employed without using its full height).

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