Spain has a long tradition of wearing and making berets, or 'boinas'. There was a time that there were many small manufacturers spread across Spain, but there is only one left: Boinas Elósegui in Tolosa, the heart of the Spanish Basque land. The origin of the beret has not been pinned down with certainty, but it can be traced to similar head ornaments from the Bronze Age. During many permutations, the accessory has enjoyed its major, modern influence in the south of France and the north of Spain, although its versatility has ensured its placement on all kinds of fashionable, and not-so fashionable, heads. The beret today is a fashion trend, thanks to designers as Dolce & Gabbana, John Galliano, Louis Vuitton or Ralph Lauren.
Beret hats usually reflect a particularly European aesthetic and are great accessories if you want to stand out in the crowd. They sit on top of your head at an angle and are decidedly asymmetrical. It is this unbalanced configuration that assists in their unique look. We can say that this piece of headdress is considered a symbol of the Spanish outfit. It has always been a garment that has protected us from the cold and gives us a touch of elegance and distinction.