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This needs to be repeated.
The $20k hats are few and far between, which is why they're $20k. As noted above there is only a couple of guys who are capable of that kind of work. Those hats are locked down by Americans (usually in Hawaii or Chicago). The hat bodies are brought to the US where they are blocked and finished. As with anything else, you move into the realm of diminishing returns pretty quickly with Panamas. I have three, which are not of exceptionally fine weave, but were all blocked for...
What last are those NSTs on, Uncle?
Today I bought thrifted clothes from mainy out of the back of a hatchback in a thrift store parking lot.
That's a pretty wide "between."
Thrifted these today: Leather Soul version for comparison: Edit: Since I've had a couple of inquiries about these, they're my size (9.5B), and also on the CDI last, which is a foot balance system last (Alden model 302). They're in great condition.
Thrifted these today: Leather Soul version for comparison:
Dingman makes some good stuff. They focus on belts, braces, etc., but have also done shoes. They do a lot with alligator. I think they're based in Arkansas. I have belts and braces from them that I've thrifted. It's worth getting when you see it.
^That Epaulet pic is a photoshopped version of my Leather Soul contest boot, pic lifted from the LS website.http://leathersoulhawaii.com/2011/10/11/alden-shoes-wingtip-boot-by-ac/Hampton, I think.
Wait...what?!Great haul, and they are my size. I would love to have that Carroll & Co. Chester Barrie, but as stated earlier, there will be more, and more, and more. We all get frustrated by what we miss (hey, I'm in the same town as mainy!), but most of us have more clothes than we know what to do with as it is. Put in the thrifting time. Things will come your way.
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