View Full Version : Borsalino Marque Grand Luxe

Baron Kurtz
12-06-2006, 05:10 PM
Here's my most recent fedora purchase (i know, i know, i said i was out of the fedora market, but when a stunning hat comes along for a tiny amount of cash investment, what's a guy supposed to do?).

Seems to be a 30s Borsalino. The Velour/Plush finish is amazing. Very thick felt and a lovely feel to the felt. Was "Grand Luxe" the top quality felt that Borsalino made?

http://homepage.mac.com/misskat0/baronkurtz/GranLuxe1.jpg http://homepage.mac.com/misskat0/baronkurtz/GranLuxe2.jpg

The liner is cool.

http://homepage.mac.com/misskat0/baronkurtz/GranLuxe3.jpg http://homepage.mac.com/misskat0/baronkurtz/GranLuxe4.jpg

This one was sold in Rome initially.


Apparently 6X quality, whatever that means.


I assume these are someone's initials. And the standard shot of the tags under the sweatband. "Bario" means barium, apparently. I can't work out what Drudosti means ...

http://homepage.mac.com/misskat0/baronkurtz/GranLuxe7.jpg http://homepage.mac.com/misskat0/baronkurtz/GranLuxe8.jpg


12-06-2006, 05:37 PM
Oh why did you have to post those photos????:p :p :p :p
That is beautiful!!!
Looks warm as well.


12-06-2006, 05:39 PM
that's a very pretty hat.
I think I want a plush hat now.

Johnny Turner
12-06-2006, 05:45 PM
Good job!! I've never even seen a plush hat.

12-06-2006, 06:02 PM
I've seen one velour Borsalino in person, a fawn fedora with
a wide brim belonging to an aquaintance. It is some amazing
stuff. I'll be curious to hear what clothing you think goes with a
velour hat.

That velour looks incredibly dense. Nice find.

Uh, why do you suppose it says "barium"?
I hope there isn't much in it.

12-06-2006, 06:05 PM
my old borsalino says bismuto which translates to bismuth.
I wonder if it was a color designation or if it was a content thing.

12-06-2006, 06:15 PM
Bismuto is a color shade of gray in Italian Dinnerman. As for the velour finish Bors , they are great hats . I have two with a 2 1/4" brim but they are too small for my 7 1/2 head . They haven't been made for many years .

Bencraft Hats

12-06-2006, 06:18 PM
well- I just have to keep a sharp eye out then.

12-06-2006, 08:38 PM
I've got one- in a beautiful dark plum color; not lined, no ribbon; also too small for my bean, so my ever-resourcefull wife scooped it up, flipped the brim up on one side, down on the other, and now she gets looks wherever she goes. That doesn't bother me too much. Especially when I'm wearing one of my top Borsas.
It's when they say to her-"Great Hat!!" GRRRRR ah, share the loot, I guess.

dues-ducking member of the curmudgeon club M

12-06-2006, 09:40 PM
Hey I bought a nice velour borsa and yup it was too small and my wife wears it and get lots of compliments! Kind of keeps peace in the family.
On another wifely note. We watched the Sting last night. i didn't say anything till she did, about how great the hats of day looked on the actors. The I jumped onboard in the affirmative!

The Duke
12-07-2006, 07:49 AM
That's a sharp hat! nice find.

12-07-2006, 08:11 AM
Damn, that is a beautiful hat. What a great color. The liner is too cool and I love the embossed initials. You certainly have a great eye for style BK.

Kevin Popejoy
12-07-2006, 08:21 AM
What a kick. I believe I have the very same hat:


I don't have a shot of the interior handy but it's the same logo and name. Great hat.


Baron Kurtz
12-07-2006, 09:12 AM
Mine is black-very dark grey. I have no clue what to wear it with. Maybe a black or grey suit? Maybe a white suit? Yeah, i'll try it with a white suit, take some pics, and see what you guys think.


12-07-2006, 12:51 PM
.....uhhhhh, excuse me while I clean the drool off my keyboard! Those are both GREAT looking hats!:eusa_clap :eusa_clap

12-07-2006, 03:54 PM
You ain't kidding Jon !

12-07-2006, 04:23 PM
You guys gave me a good idea. I'll give my hat to the old lady . I'm sure my wifes head is smaller than mine!

Bencraft Hats:rolleyes:

Hemingway Jones
12-30-2006, 07:26 PM

That is an AMAZING hat!

With the right suit, this would be a show-stopper!