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post #16 of 41
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Originally Posted by AlanC View Post
I have worked with Art before so he has an idea of my dimensions, and I did specify the brim width I wanted. My head is larger than average (7 3/8), too. If you have concerns, I would just express those to Art and he'll work with you.

Oddly, Alan, I think we're the same hat size. Want me to break that Panama in for you?
post #17 of 41
Thread Starter 
^I'll keep your offer in mind, Doc.

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Originally Posted by Will View Post
Excellent choice Alan. The Optimo is the king of Panamas, in my opinion.

Thanks, Will. The Optimo block just says "Panama" to me, and was part of the fulfillment of my longtime desire for a Panama. I'm sure I'll branch into other blocks over time, though.
post #18 of 41
Thread Starter 
The Panama being worn:

post #19 of 41
Great looking hat, I love the brown ribbon.

I have an Optimo too, however the crown on mine is a little less cylindrical.
post #20 of 41
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Originally Posted by AlanC View Post
The Panama being worn:


+1 Well done Alan!
post #21 of 41
Just like in the movies. Enjoy your elegant panama.
post #22 of 41
I am not so sure I like the Optimo crown paired with a snap brim. To me, the classic Optimo takes a pencil curl on the brim. If you need some downward tilt in the front, I would suggest the angling done on a Homburg or Cavalier style - I am sure it has a name, but I don't know what that is.
post #23 of 41
This has me excited about the coming of fall and the fedora Art is working on for me.
post #24 of 41
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Originally Posted by dopey View Post
I am not so sure I like the Optimo crown paired with a snap brim. To me, the classic Optimo takes a pencil curl on the brim. If you need some downward tilt in the front, I would suggest the angling done on a Homburg or Cavalier style - I am sure it has a name, but I don't know what that is.

I'm sure this has been done, but my understanding is that the Optimo shape really developed as the shape that was naturally produced from folding and rolling a hat.

Here is a picture of FDR in a snap-brim Optimo:



And Gregory Peck:



(Both images from Brent Black's site.)

I don't know that I've ever seen a picture of a pencil brim Optimo. Are there AA/Esky illustrations?
post #25 of 41
Nice hat! Wear it in good health!
post #26 of 41
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Originally Posted by AlanC View Post
. . .I don't know that I've ever seen a picture of a pencil brim Optimo. Are there AA/Esky illustrations?
Here's one from Tutee's most recent article. I am pretty sure this is also in Men in Style. Also, this is not a pencil curl, it has the same effect to me -- perhaps this is just an unsnapped brim. I will see if I can find some more.
post #27 of 41
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^I really like the socks on the fellow wearing the saddle oxfords.
post #28 of 41
I want so badly to actually wear my Panama hat this summer.
post #29 of 41
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Originally Posted by iammatt View Post
I want so badly to actually wear my Panama hat this summer.

Photos?
post #30 of 41
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Arguing in favor of dopey's position is this picture from the same essay, and this comment from the caption:

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...a Panama hat in natural optimo shape (usually worn with the brim up all around)...



However, this hat looks like an Optimo to me (same LL essay):



Really, this is academic for me as I love my hat as is and wouldn't really choose a rolled brim Optimo. I wouldn't mind a Panama homburg, though.

Dopey, in what style did Art block your Panama?

Please Matt, do post pictures of your Panama. Where did you get it?
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