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

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

  1. Tried and True

    Tried and True Senior member

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    But his service can be really bad, particularly if you order a high end hat.
     
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    Well, as I will be ordering a cheap hat, lucky me? lol
     
  3. chuckb

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    I have a cheap panama from Panama Bob's ebay site, and I quite like it. I don't wear it enough to justify a more expensive one, and I've heard that the cheaper ones are more breathable anyways.
     
  4. Ryan Markham

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    Here is the URL - http://www.goorin.com/hat-styles/panama-hats/god-father-straw-fedora-hat
     
  5. ImTheGroom

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    I suppose there is don't logic to that, as they would try to stretch less straw once more head?
     
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    The weaving is not at fine or as tight so more air can get through. There are more gaps.
     
  7. meister

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    Funnily enough my observation (over 30 years wearing straws) is that the cheaper Panamas (like 350 WPSI ones you get in HNL) take the wear and tear better.

    They don't get floppy like the top grade Panamas do with the slightest shower.

    They also have more glue in them and withstand wetting and losing their shape and rebound instead of having to be professionally reflanged like Montecristis.

    If I had a Monte again I would be sure to have it hardened up to preserve the shape.

    Hence I prefer Milans - especially high quality vintage ones.
     
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  8. Tried and True

    Tried and True Senior member

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    I agree with every point you make. I would also add that Optimo in Chicago offer an exceptional Milan for those who wish to avoid the unpredictable nature of the vintage market.
     
  9. Prince of Paisley

    Prince of Paisley Senior member

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    Wet wintry day here, and my Akubra is serving me admirably.

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  10. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    Milan straw
     
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  12. Testudo_Aubreii

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    Nice Akubra, Prince. It'll soon be time to start thinking about autumn hats in the northern hemisphere. The Irish Walking Hat in tweed or other wools strikes me as a versatile hat that passes under the radar. This one is handsomely shaped, but he needs to wear it at more of an angle.

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    This one gets the angle right, but it doesn't have the nice shape of the above.
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    Didn't imagine a tweed walking hat could go well with a SC, thanks for the photos.

    Most tweed walking hat looks like a bucket and is floppy, so not sure what manufacturers will make them with a stiffer shape, like a fedora.
     
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    Way to go!
     
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    mcarthur Senior member

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    thank you
     

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