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Where can I go to buy a find quality flat cap/ newsboy cap and which material is best for an England winter?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

I'm not really sure how this forum works, so pardon me if this doesn't fit. However, i'm trying to buy a nice hat as a Christmas present. But I am at a loss of what material and where to purchase a good quality hat from. What i'm looking for is a nice wool flat/ newsboy cap. It is for a friend of mine who lives in England and I hear it is very chilly. I would like something that will keep his head warm and that will last a relatively long time. It would be great if it was water resistant as well. If anyone could point me in the right direction it would be greatly appreciated. Also, I am interested in buying a nice pair of gloves to go with the hat..again..any ideas of material, and place to purchase. Thank you for your time and any responses.

post #2 of 13
England is not "very chilly" , it is a great deal warmer than the eastern seaboard of the US, even with a frost overnight. You do not say where you live so it is fairly hopeless plea for advice other than to say a shop where such things might be found - a gentleman's outfitter or else one specialising in hats.
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 

Okay, I live in the US on the west coast. I live in a very small town and there are not very many places to shop. I was hoping someone could give me a good website to go on to find a well made hat. But thank you for your response.

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Originally Posted by TravellingHat View Post

I was hoping someone could give me a good website to go on to find a well made hat.

Hats Plus

As for material...I like tweed or wool in the winter and fall, and linen in the summer.

I like newsboys a lot but most modern iterations are too small across. Look at old movies or photos and you'll see most of them are quite large--probably 12 inches or more. So if you like that old-timey look stay away from caps that are less than 11 inches across. they just don't look right, IMO
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Originally Posted by GBR View Post

England is not "very chilly" , it is a great deal warmer than the eastern seaboard of the US, even with a frost overnight. You do not say where you live so it is fairly hopeless plea for advice other than to say a shop where such things might be found - a gentleman's outfitter or else one specialising in hats.

Not very nice.

Also the eastern seaboard of the US is a very broad term that includes warm, south eastern states such as Florida. These states are almost certainly warmer than England regardless of time of year.

I assume you mean the Northeast which is, as you say, significantly colder than England during the winter, but not during the summer. The summer in the northeast will be warmer than England.
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thank you DWFII for giving me an actual response. I did not know that about the hats and now I have something to think about when I choose one! Also, thank you for the link. I have been seeing a Borsalino Wool/Cashmere hat on quite a few websites. Although the brim is on the smaller side it seems like a nice hat. I have heard that cashmere is not very water resistant. So I am worried it may get ruined easily,  but I would like something nice he could wear not only in a casual setting but in a more formal setting as well. Any thoughts?

post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thank you for your reply Jerrybrowne. I agree, Not nice :p

post #8 of 13
Any chance you can get to a decent hat shop? That's the best way to go, especially for your first hat. Choosing the best hat for your facial structure is a game of 1/4 inches and a good hat store will have a selection with a myriad of shapes to facilitate a good match. Buying online without a good idea of what suits you is a crapshoot at best.
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 

Yes, I know. However, it is not for me. Its for a gentleman friend who lives in England. I live up in the mountains pretty much, so there are not many options for shopping. I guess I will just have to gamble and hope for the best. My main concern is finding something that is well made and not from China. I was hoping I could get some advice on brands, materials, and websites. Thank you for your reply though, Tried and True. :)

post #10 of 13
I think a tweed cap would do well -- that is traditional material for English weather. My first choice would be a Hanna Hat in Donegal tweed. These are made by a small company in Ireland. http://hannahats.com They used to sell direct through ebay, but I'm not sure they still do. In any case, I think you can find them through several on-line sources, or order through their website directly. I wear one of these around half of the time in the fall and winter in Chicago, and it is water-resistant and does well down to below freezing temperatures. So this would be plenty warm for England.

You could also go with a more traditional British country tweed. The ones from Alan Paine are attractive, reasonably priced, and should meet your needs. You can order them through Amazon. Since you are buying for someone in England, it is probably easiest to order there directly. http://www.amazon.co.uk

You could also go with traditional English makers, such as Lock or Christy's:
http://www.lockhatters.co.uk
http://www.christys-hats.com
You can find several good options there, in both British tweeds and other fabrics.
post #11 of 13

There are a couple members of the Fedora Lounge who custom-make accurate reproductions of those newsboy caps you see in movies.  Turnaround time is probably not going to be in time for Christmas, but if you're looking for the real deal and know your friend's head size you'd be hard pressed to find better.  Leather sweatbands, unique designs, the works. (though you could request a fabric sweatband if you want more rainproofness)

Cordova Handmade Caps
Monsvais Caps
The Well Dressed Head

post #12 of 13
Do you know your "friends" hat size?

Have you seen him wearing the style you have in mind, or do you "just think this one will look good on him"?

His taste and your taste may not be the same taste, he might prefer a fedora after all.
post #13 of 13

You could buy online from an English retailer. The you will cut down on postage/customs/vat.

 

I like Bates (though a bit pricey) http://www.bates-hats.co.uk/. I bought this tweed one which i really like http://www.bates-hats.com/store/caps/gatsby/gatsby-tweed/prod_187.html (they also do gloves)

 

Christy's are also worth checking out http://www.christys-hats.com/8-piece-moleskin-baker-boy-cap

 

Make sure you know his hat size

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