Originally Posted by Gladhatter
Much to be said about this.
Optimo does make an impeccable styled fedora. That does not necessarily mean it is of quality. There is a difference.
Some in our disposable society need to buy disposable hats and every commercial hat company out there is going to support you fully as they hope you will buy their hats time and again and swear by them even as you toss them for the next one.
There was a time that a good hat was not measured by the styling as men styed their own and the hat was measured by the quality of the felt. That day is long gone to return no more.
Hats can be stylish and also last for not only a life time but for generations. I know that is a novel concept in this disposable society but then if it was not true then there would be no vintage hats still around at all.
Well, it is true that the quality of the felt has gone down over the years but in a way it only makes sense. Demand for hats has gone down too over the same time and so to the need for a quality hat.
Borsalino may not be the hat it once was but this no way changes the fact that it is about as good as one could expect it to be at the price point it is offered at. The market for super expensive hats is not there as it once was as the priorities of people have changed.
I wear many inexpensive hats straws to be specific and get perfectly good service out of them. It doesn't take much to beat a straw hat up and if you wish to call them disposable hats I suppose they are. But at the price point I think they are a bargain both vintage and new.
Like most things in life what we have available today is a product of the demand set for it. If everyone suddenly wanted a fine felt hat, the market would find a way to answer that demand but until then most of us will make do with what is sold to us today.
For the most part nobody will know the difference in what you wear unless they are connoisseurs of fine hats and believe me they are few and far between.