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montecristi panama
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superfino montecristi planation
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I'm looking for options that are medium to wide brimmed, with a low (probably very low) crown, and maybe kind of floppy/moldable/outdoorsy. Would prefer to spend 200 or less. Any suggestions guys?
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Sage green genuine Panama from JJ's Hat Centre
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I have a Stetson Royal De Luxe Temple and wondered if anyone knows if the Brim is supposed to lose shape easily?  The sides of my hats brim are weak too So is this a common thing with fur hats? Also dose steam bring back it's stiffness? I'm new to fur hats. 

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I have a Stetson Royal De Luxe Temple and wondered if anyone knows if the Brim is supposed to lose shape easily?  The sides of my hats brim are weak too So is this a common thing with fur hats? Also dose steam bring back it's stiffness? I'm new to fur hats. 

you can use a hat stiffener like http://www.bickmore.com/products/hat-care/kahls-hat-stiffener.html
spray it on the brim, steam the hat, shape the brim, let dry. may take a few turns, but it will work.
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Wowza!
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Wife and I were in Chicago last weekend to see a Cubs game and Pearl Jam concert and we dropped by Optimo to see their offerings. Heard many good things about Optimo and was not disappointed. Beautiful store, fantastic customer service and quality offerings. I ordered an Optimo Trilby style fedora in Heirloom Silver Belly with dark charcoal ribbon and my wife ordered a Heirloom 1000 in shark grey with light grey ribbon. Looking forward to cooler weather. Also picked out a Montecristi Teardrop with a 2 1/8” brim, in grade 25, with a 12l navy ribbon for next summer. Pics to follow when hats are received. biggrin.gif
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Sage green genuine Panama from JJ's Hat Centre

Wow, these are cool!
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Cheers mate! They are available in a variety of colours - Blue, raspberry, camel, brown and IIRC two brim widths. You can order online if you know your size too. I would definitely go back for more and they might even knock the price down a bit at the end of the summer.
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Are there advantages/disadvantages to beaver felt hats versus rabbit felt?
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Are there advantages/disadvantages to beaver felt hats versus rabbit felt?

Take this for what it is worth--I am not a hatmaker nor any kind of expert on hats. But I have had several (three?) bespoke hats made for me. And this is what a fairly well known hatmaker told me.

Beaver, esp. the old and revered mercury treated beaver felt is lighter in weight and holds its shape better than newer beaver or beaver mixes (nevermind rabbit). In fact, it was claimed that a properly made mercury beaver could be used as a pillow and in the morning be shook out and return to its original form.

I dunno...just thought I'd share.
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Mercury killed a lot of blokes.

My great grandfather actually died from lead poisoning at age 29 from being a type setter and using his mouth to hold the type lead/antimony letters - hence "mad as a hatter".

However, for some reason it helped to make wonderful hats. They have never been surpassed.
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Mercury killed a lot of blokes.

My great grandfather actually died from it at age 29 from being a type setter and using his mouth to hold the type lead/antimony letters - hence "mad as a hatter".

However, for some reason it helped to make wonderful hats. They have never been surpassed.

There's still some of that around...or there was a decade ago...hidden caches in basements, attics, and backrooms, and guarded jealously.
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