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

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

  1. meister

    meister Senior member

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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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  2. mhdena

    mhdena Senior 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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  3. daizawaguy

    daizawaguy Senior member

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

    eglbc Senior member

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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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  5. meister

    meister Senior member

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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.
     


  6. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I stopped in at Cable Car Clothiers yesterday:

    Lots of new woven hats for Spring...

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    Summer flat caps as well



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  7. Master Squirrel

    Master Squirrel Senior member

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    Ugh, he's got more problems than the boater. Not too tough if you pair it up right. I wore mine with a linen jacket over the weekend won a prize for "best dressed". However, I don't intend it to be my only summer hat. It's more of a Concert in the Park/Forth of July/State Fair hat.
     
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  8. Master Squirrel

    Master Squirrel Senior member

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    Also, a Goorin Bros shop just opened in my neighborhood. Why did you folks not tell me?
     


  9. Roycru

    Roycru Senior member

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    For those of you who have been in Brooks Brothers recently and seen the "Gatsby" straw boaters, for comparison, here is a Lock & Company Made In England straw boater (and original Brooks Brothers hatbox) that I got at Brooks Brothers in the late '60's.......[​IMG]
     


  10. mr monty

    mr monty Senior member

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    Yes, the boater is a hard hat to pull off. Photo #1 = good fit. Photo #2 = bad fit
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  11. mhdena

    mhdena Senior member

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    Photo 2 guy has it right, you should always tilt your hat. Wear it like you own it!!

    Photo 1 guy isn't pulling the boater off at all, the Panama guy, yes he is.
     


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  13. lefty

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    That's my point. Outside of "Concert in the Park/Forth of July/State Fair/My friends we got trouble; right here in River City" I can't think of a sillier hat.

    Even inside those events it's costume. Great song, though.

    Goorin makes pretty shitty hats. You can do better.

    lefty
     


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    Boys at Harrow showing a variety of options......[​IMG]
     


  15. Zephyrnoid

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    Too lazy to post specific images but there a bunch of hat pages in my Advertorial blog for those interested.
    I don't buy or sell so no spam issues here, but comments are welcome.
     


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