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Men's Hats: A Discussion Thread, Questions, Opinions, Suggestions...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by GusW, Apr 11, 2013.

  1. mcarthur

    mcarthur Well-Known Member

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    nephew,
    good looking panama
     
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  2. mcarthur

    mcarthur Well-Known Member

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  3. meister

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    I like the Trionfo more... wit all do respect
     
  4. mr monty

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  5. daizawaguy

    daizawaguy Well-Known Member

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    Optimo (Chicago) Milan straw
     
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    I've never really been a fan of those really light tan felts, but there's no beating the quality on something like that. And the Optimo straw is the beau ideal of a summer hat.
     
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  8. poorsod

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    It has been really sunny the past couple days. I broke out my Coober Pedy Akhubra for the first time in years. It looks better than I recall.
     
  9. mcarthur

    mcarthur Well-Known Member

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    i like that straw
     
  10. daizawaguy

    daizawaguy Well-Known Member

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    Optimo is really highly recommended. They have an explanation of Milan Straws on their site...


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  11. mcarthur

    mcarthur Well-Known Member

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    graham thompson is the best
     
  12. EL84

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    Olney 8 panel Donegal tweed cap, I have it in green as well.

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    They are beautiful caps.
     
  13. daizawaguy

    daizawaguy Well-Known Member

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    Some work on a semi-calado montecristi by Art Fawcett


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  14. lefty

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    Art Fawcett makes beautiful hats. Not sure about that one though.

    You guys buying boaters should tread carefully. Tough hat to pull off.


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  15. Ed Wiser

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    That is a great semi calado. Art has been have trouble getting Semi's lately. That sure would be a great hat for a hot day. Monti's are nice from a craft work view but due to the tight weave can
    be a rather hot hat on the old noggin.
     
  16. meister

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    One of the nicest summer hats is the Akubra Capricorn/Bondi http://hatsdirect.com/cgi-bin/products.cgi?view=71&returncat=Straw+Hats&returnpage=0 Until I left/got mine stolen recently it was a top hat for the following reasons: 1. Cool ventilated in summer (Sydney got up to 44.5C this year in town!). 2. Rugged (hemp fibre) 3. Quality (leather band that is not sweaty). 4. Shape . Maintains its shape despite pulling on/off and summer carelessness. I own/have owned 50s top Italian Milans but Graham's MTO Chinese Milan weave is pretty awesome [​IMG] For those looking for a top rabbit Fedora I have one of these in Moonstone and its a superb hat: http://hatsdirect.com/cgi-bin/products.cgi?view=47&returncat=Fedora+Hats&returnpage=0
     
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  17. mhdena

    mhdena Well-Known Member

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    I have a Milan from Art Fawcett, its one of my favorites, I'd like to get one of Optimo's one day.

    Here are my Semi Colados, one by Art, one from Panama Bob blocked by Art

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  18. daizawaguy

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    Lovely hats. How do you compare the brim flange and snap?
     
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  19. eglbc

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    can anyone suggest a casual straw hat for summer?
    Something western/mexican in style.

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    similar to this shape though?

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  20. meister

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    Beautiful but my issues with real Panamas is that the shape and firmness of the brim can so easily be wrecked by the smallest shower. I remember I wore one of Panama Bob's to a Melbourne Cup lunch and then a shower later that afternoon on the way home and that was it. Total re-flange job and never the same again.

    Hence my preference for Milans with the stiffer straw component.
     

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