Hat felt factory

Fepsa

The world of high quality hat felts.

FEPSA was founded in 1969, in S. João da Madeira, thanks to the union of six hat manufacturers with roots in the early 20th century, and is to a large extent the consolidation of a very old industry in Europe, which in Portugal had a significant boost in the 18th century with the help of the Marquis of Pombal. In São João da Madeira, the strategic vision of these six industrialists in the hat-making sector, who decided to join forces and bring their production together in a single company, has created innovation in the sector. Felt for hats is produced at FEPSA by men and women whose knowledge and dedicated work allow them to compete in a world of top quality, both in terms of products and services. From the outset, there has been a constant concern to innovate, a commitment to developing technology, flexibility to respond to a wide range of customers and the adoption of different principles for organizing production. Felt is produced by randomly arranging animal fibers on a surface, creating a blanket, and felting them by compression and vibration, under the action of water and heat. This manufacturing process has been known to man for thousands of years, and was one of the first manufacturing processes developed by man.

The unmistakable touch that turns hats into masterpieces.
The FEPSA universe is an exceptional benchmark in the production of felt for hats around the world. In this factory, traditional craftsmanship meets innovation, resulting in products that transcend simple functionality to become true works of art.

Fepsa stands out as a prime choice for manufacturers of high-quality hats around the world. Its meticulously designed and equipped facilities incorporate decades of experience in the production of fine felts, where every step of the process is masterfully executed.

Fepsa felts are not just materials, they are expressions of creativity and expertise. Hat designers who choose FEPSA products know that they are purchasing more than just a component; they are embodying a tradition of excellence and an unwavering commitment to quality.

Walking through the production halls of this factory is an endless search for quality perfection in the product. Each fibre is carefully selected, and processes are optimized to minimize environmental impact, providing hat makers with a choice that balances aesthetics with environmental responsibility.

By visiting the factory you can witness first-hand the art and science behind the production of exceptional felts. Visitors are welcomed into an environment that breathes innovation, where the variety of textures, colors and qualities available will surprise anyone.

Sala com uma mesa disposta no centro e com chapéus.
Imagem representativa dos feltros fabricados na Fepsa.
Imagem representativa dos feltros fabricados na Fepsa.
Uma pessoa em atividade laboral executando um dos processos relacionados ao feltro.
Uma pessoa em atividade laboral executando um dos processos relacionados ao feltro.
Uma pessoa em atividade laboral a realizar um dos processos relacionados ao feltro.
Representação visual de um dos procedimentos associados ao processo de fabricação do feltro, neste caso, a etapa de modelagem.
  • Visiting daysTuesdays and Thursdays from 09h00 to 11h30 and 14h00 to 16h00
  • Interruptions in visitsAugust, holidays and vacations (on request)
  • Pre-book5 days
  • Number of visitors per groupMín. 5 - Máx. 20
  • Minimum age12 years
  • LanguagesPortuguese, English and French
  • Duration of visit40 minutes
  • Factory storeNo
  • WorkshopNo
  • Museum RoomNo
  • ShowroomNo

Photography not allowed

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