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Fedora Brands (Borsalino v. Stetson v. Makins)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by sartorialism, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. sartorialism

    sartorialism Senior member

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    Art Fawcett and Vintage Silhouettes... Art's hats run a little over $300

    Again, 300 is above my range. Also, I'm not crazy about most of his models. Although the Jazzman is awesome!

    would also consider penman hats which is custom for your head shape/size, felt, ribbon etc.

    These are really beautiful. But again, above my range. Especially because I won't order my first hat from the guy long-distance. Maybe if I could get one I could try on, touch, feel, etc., I'd consider it...

    Also, Akubra.

    I'm talking about business/dress/sex/style fedoras. Not crocodile-hunter gear!

    ...Peters Bros. Hats.

    I don't see pics of their custom hats. Their Borsalino prices are meh...

    YCustom Hatter based in Buffalo, NY.

    Some of these hats are ugly, but some are beautiful. I liked the High Crown, Longhair Gambler (but not IRL"”just stunning in aesthetic type of way), Montecristi (but that all depends on the feel of the straw"”there's no way to judge a straw hat by pics alone), Three-point Diamond, Indie, and the Moonshine.
     
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    Again, 300 is above my range. Also, I'm not crazy about most of his models. Although the Jazzman is awesome!


    Art has a few RTW hats that you can just buy, true, but the bulk of his stuff is pure custom. You decide what you want, you don't have to settle for what he has available.

    Oh, and as for trying on custom hats- you don't. They (well, at least Art does) send you a purpose made device to measure the shape of your head. it accounts for the exact shape, as well as any bumps and irregularities. Fit wouldn't be a question.

    Though I do understand the price range bit- which is why I suggested akubra. Find a model you like, there are plenty available- fedora, ceo, hampton, stylemaster, trilby, whippet are some models I would say to look at, not knowing what's a good fit for your face.

    I do understand the price range bit- which is why I suggested akubra. Find a model you like, there are plenty available- fedora, ceo, hampton, stylemaster, trilby, whippet are some models I would say to look at, not knowing what's a good fit for your face. Or, of course, the Fed IV that so obsesses the Fedora Lounge folk.
     
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    what about huckel hats? anyone with any info =)?
     
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    These are really beautiful. But again, above my range. Especially because I won't order my first hat from the guy long-distance. Maybe if I could get one I could try on, touch, feel, etc., I'd consider it...


    J.J. Hat Center has a line by Selentino (made in Czech) that are $150. http://www.jjhatcenter.com/madison-b...no-p-2382.html

    Should be available on DC somewhere.

    lefty
     
  5. sartorialism

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    what about huckel hats? anyone with any info =)?


    Tell me you're kidding... The ones I've seen are garbage.
     
  6. sartorialism

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    I promised pics, so here goes. This is my hat collection, excluding one black hat which is currently inaccessible. First up, this is a 100% wool J. Press hat. Mainly for the cold as it doesn't have all that much style. But it aint bad either. [​IMG] Next up is my Statson for Brooks Brothers, which I don't love but I kinda like, too. It' rabbit fur. [​IMG] This is a vintage Borsalino beaver (?) long-fur fedora. Truly stunning, but it's too small on me, so I'll try flipping it here soon (if you want it, feel free to PM me). [​IMG] This here is a rabbit fur Borsalino [​IMG] As for Makins... This first one is my favorite. Rabbit fur: [​IMG] [​IMG] These are Rabbit as well: [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] This one is a wool/fur blend: [​IMG] Now, for Brooks Brothers, I just got this hat last week and I love it. But I can't figure out who makes it for Brooks Brothers (the only tag is BB). It's made in Italy, so it can't be Stetson, but it doesn't look like a Borsalino, either. Suggestions? It's also rabbit fur. It's blue, but the pictures suck so that's hard to discern... [​IMG]
     
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    Also, Akubra. If you thought the Stetson was too stiff (I'll probably soften up a fair deal), you won't like them at the start, but I'm told that they really break in. Durable as hell, apparently. And the Fed IV (a special for hatsdirect) is a favorite of the fedora lounge, which I would recommend you spend some time on.

    Stetson breaks in really well.
     
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    AI'm talking about business/dress/sex/style fedoras. Not crocodile-hunter gear!

    [​IMG] You have sex with your hats! [​IMG]
     
  9. Master Squirrel

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    Art has a few RTW hats that you can just buy, true, but the bulk of his stuff is pure custom. You decide what you want, you don't have to settle for what he has available.

    Oh, and as for trying on custom hats- you don't. They (well, at least Art does) send you a purpose made device to measure the shape of your head. it accounts for the exact shape, as well as any bumps and irregularities. Fit wouldn't be a question.

    Though I do understand the price range bit- which is why I suggested akubra. Find a model you like, there are plenty available- fedora, ceo, hampton, stylemaster, trilby, whippet are some models I would say to look at, not knowing what's a good fit for your face.



    I do understand the price range bit- which is why I suggested akubra. Find a model you like, there are plenty available- fedora, ceo, hampton, stylemaster, trilby, whippet are some models I would say to look at, not knowing what's a good fit for your face. Or, of course, the Fed IV that so obsesses the Fedora Lounge folk.


    My oval head thanks you for this information.
     
  10. sartorialism

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    [​IMG] You have sex with your hats! [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
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    I don't see pics of their custom hats. Their Borsalino prices are meh...

    You can get an idea from their dress felt page. As far as an actual picture goes though, here are pictures of mine:

    [​IMG][​IMG]

    I've since taken it back to have it shaped a bit more and make the snap more pronounced. Like I said, they're amazing hats. One of the cool things as well was that because the shop has been around (and in that spot for so long) their ribbon choices are absolutely exquisite. Mine are antique hatters ribbons that were made back close to when the store first started. They were the right color for what I was looking for, and I love the uniqueness factor. They're also not kidding when they say they can match any idea you've got. For mine, I brought in the suit that I was getting married in, and specifically was looking for the band and edge to match the tie.
     
  12. sartorialism

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    You can get an idea from their dress felt page. As far as an actual picture goes though, here are pictures of mine:

    [​IMG][​IMG]

    I've since taken it back to have it shaped a bit more and make the snap more pronounced. Like I said, they're amazing hats. One of the cool things as well was that because the shop has been around (and in that spot for so long) their ribbon choices are absolutely exquisite. Mine are antique hatters ribbons that were made back close to when the store first started. They were the right color for what I was looking for, and I love the uniqueness factor. They're also not kidding when they say they can match any idea you've got. For mine, I brought in the suit that I was getting married in, and specifically was looking for the band and edge to match the tie.


    Interesting! Though not really my style... Do you have pics (I'm sure you do) of the whole wedding outfit? I'm interested in seeing how it came together. Thanks!
     
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    [​IMG] You have sex with your hats! [​IMG]

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    Interesting! Though not really my style... Do you have pics (I'm sure you do) of the whole wedding outfit? I'm interested in seeing how it came together. Thanks!
    I do, in fact, have alot of them, and seeing as how it's already online... [​IMG] That one is probably the best of the bunch for showing off the ensemble.
     
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    I do, in fact, have alot of them, and seeing as how it's already online... [​IMG] That one is probably the best of the bunch for showing off the ensemble.
    Nice! I was wondering who but a fellow Heeb wears fedoras to their wedding. Is that the Gutnik Chumash behind you? [​IMG] Here are three more hats I got Friday. First two are Brooks Brothers (same model as the blue one I posted Friday) and the third is Makins. All are rabbit fur. I think I'm going to return all of the Brooks Brothers hats as they're too small on me, even if they're an amazing deal. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Nice! I was wondering who but a fellow Heeb wears fedoras to their wedding. Is that the Gutnik Chumash behind you? [​IMG]

    Here are three more hats I got Friday. First two are Brooks Brothers (same model as the blue one I posted Friday) and the third is Makins. All are rabbit fur. I think I'm going to return all of the Brooks Brothers hats as they're too small on me, even if they're an amazing deal.


    Not a heeb, just one of the good Goyam. You know, the kind that occasionally get sent to the right guy for a good deal and who, at the dawning of the messianic age when the jews are brought into the kingdom of heaven, someone looks back and goes "You know, I'm really going to miss him."

    As to what's on the back wall... that was the decoration at the hotel where we got ready and then wed when a tornado decided that doing things outside was not going to be feasible. I wore the fedora because I'd always wanted a good fedora and the primary concern of my wife and I was that we look awesome. Given our druthers, we'd have eloped and looked awesome, but somehow the family got wind, and things escalated from there.
     
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    Not a heeb, just one of the good Goyam. You know, the kind that occasionally get sent to the right guy for a good deal and who, at the dawning of the messianic age when the jews are brought into the kingdom of heaven, someone looks back and goes "You know, I'm really going to miss him."

    Sigworthy....
     
  18. sartorialism

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    I think I can get a bunch of Makins hats. Would anyone be interested in purchasing?
     
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    I think I can get a bunch of Makins hats. Would anyone be interested in purchasing?

    At 50% or more off the retail price?
     
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    I think I can get a bunch of Makins hats. Would anyone be interested in purchasing?

    Usually there'd be a high probability, but I've already committed my budget for march elsewhere.
     

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