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

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Borsalino is just a name now as I understand it, like Stetson. Some capital group bought the name and whatever else came with that out of a bankruptcy auction late summer or early fall 2018. I am usure what the status of their hat quality was before that. I think the hats were not made under a Borsalino roof for many years prior. I am active on The Fedora Lounge and there doesn't seem to be a lot of knowledge about Borsalino from the last few years so I don't know if anyone could give an idea of that hat's vintage or its quality. $170 is a good price from what I know. That name is bringing a good price based on legacy. I have owned a few Borsalino hats of different felt qualities and the quality of construction was good but the felt was not at all as good as vintage Stetson and other US brands of the hat era. If you are sized 7, 7 1/8, or 7 1/4 there are usually a lot of these available in various auction sites. If you are 6 7/8 you can find some fantastic buys as men had smaller heads back in the 30s through 60s and there are a lot in that size that are unworn and go for less price owing to the smaller pool of buyers looking for that size.
 

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Borsalino is just a name now as I understand it, like Stetson. Some capital group bought the name and whatever else came with that out of a bankruptcy auction late summer or early fall 2018. I am usure what the status of their hat quality was before that. I think the hats were not made under a Borsalino roof for many years prior. I am active on The Fedora Lounge and there doesn't seem to be a lot of knowledge about Borsalino from the last few years so I don't know if anyone could give an idea of that hat's vintage or its quality. $170 is a good price from what I know. That name is bringing a good price based on legacy. I have owned a few Borsalino hats of different felt qualities and the quality of construction was good but the felt was not at all as good as vintage Stetson and other US brands of the hat era. If you are sized 7, 7 1/8, or 7 1/4 there are usually a lot of these available in various auction sites. If you are 6 7/8 you can find some fantastic buys as men had smaller heads back in the 30s through 60s and there are a lot in that size that are unworn and go for less price owing to the smaller pool of buyers looking for that size.
Thanks for the information. It appears to be a "lil ol lady" selling the hat so hey maybe its one of those pre 80's Borsalino's. From what I read that was before quality suffered.
 

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Orders and inventory records from 50 and more years ago show many more hats 6 7/8, 7, 7 1/8. Hat sales today are shoved upwards a couple of sizes. I am not making any claim of bone size change but it might be explained by increased weight and/or the age of buyers. Generally persons gain weight with age and head size does change with body weight. Exact sized hats are not bought by younger men these days and generally the US population is heavier. Maybe the ethnic mix has tended towards groups with larger heads.
I should have used "hat buying men" instead of "men". In the context of a discussion of hats the assumption that "men" is the same as "hat buying men" was assumed.
 

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*Blinks*

...what? Is this an evolutionary progress on our path to size 10.5?
Head size is broadly (though not linearly) proportional to overall stature. I assume you are aware that average height, etc. has increased in most populations between the early 20th century and now?
 

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Head size is broadly (though not linearly) proportional to overall stature. I assume you are aware that average height, etc. has increased in most populations between the early 20th century and now?
I thought we were getting shorter.

 

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Twins:

That's a great look! This is how I tell my friends to dress well and show a sense of style.

BRAVO!
 

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A few months ago I put myself on Mike's Northwest Hat Co list with a down payment for a beaver felt in silverbelly. I could never find the exact silverbelly hat I wanted so I figured I might as well go custom instead.
 

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Stetson Whippet on my way out to do some street photography in Sofia, Bulgaria.


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Watched some of the Final Master on netflix, gotta love a good martial arts film. Seen this hat and was wondering what style is that. Is it a boater?

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