Americans are principally buyers of berets, not manufacturers, but there are a few exceptions. Small fashion houses, companies like Bancroft who produce for the military and also Hoodlums - a small company in New Jersey. 

Hoodlums hand make and re-shape berets. Berets with the Sanskrit om-design, or the Peace symbol. But also hybrid berets with peaks - beautiful material - beautiful artisan work!The Hoodlums Om and Peace Berets were among the very first stock at South Pacific Berets; in fact, I ordered the first lot mainly for myself and friends, but somehow, people traced them and I received more and more requests to re-stock these beautifully, hand-made, US made berets. So, here they are again!

No Meditator, Buddhist, Zen Practitioner or Peace Activist should go without one.

Better still, Hoodlums was able to custom make me great quality Peaked Berets and I am extremely happy to add these to S.P.B.'s collection. 28 cm diameter berets with a small peak added in the same colour. Handmade in the USA.

Hoodlums Om and Peace Berets 

US Hoodlums Om Berets

$ 39.50

US Hoodlums Peace Berets

The syllable Om is first described as all-encompassing mystical entity in the Upanishads. Today, in all Hindu art and all over India and Nepal, 'Om' can be seen virtually everywhere, a common sign for Hinduism and its philosophy and theology. Hindus believe that as creation began, the divine, all-encompassing consciousness took the form of the first and original vibration manifesting as sound "OM".

Buddhists place Om at the beginning of their Vidya-Sadaksari or mystical formulary in six syllables ("om mani padme hum") as well as most other mantras and dhāranis. As a seed syllable (mantra), it is also considered holy in Esoteric Buddhism.

The Peace Symbol was designed in 1958 by Gerald Holtom, a professional designer and artist and a graduate of the Royal College of Arts (UK). Originally, it was meant as a symbol for the Committee of Nuclear Disarmament (The symbol is a combination of the semaphore signals for the letters "N" and "D," standing for "nuclear disarmament"), but it soon became widely seen as a symbol for Peace worldwide.

These Om and Peace Berets are "two-in-one"; one beret forms the base, while the Om and Peace symbol are cut out from a beret in contrasting colour and then stitched on to the base beret.

 Hoodlums Om and Peace Berets 

$ 36.50

Hoodlums Peaked Berets