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MattJH
02-11-2009, 12:47 PM
I'm particularly looking for help from those who already own a hat from Art Fawcett, as you'll all know the available felt colors.

I will be ordering a featherweight "ArtLite" for daily use in the Philadelphia late spring, summer, and early autumn months -- from Straw Hat Day onward, to be specific. While I have two very nice panama fedoras from Panama Bob and a Stetson Koa gambler, I just strongly prefer felts over any other material. I'm only speaking for myself, but I feel like panamas and straws make me look older than I am.

I do not intend to stash away this "ArtLite" for occasional use. I could never spend $305 to have something look nice in a box, you know? I just can't justify it. This is going to be worn every single day, regardless of what I'm wearing and regardless of forecaster warnings of precipitation. I intend to use this hat!

I could easily ask Art these questions, but wanted to get a sort of round-table consensus of ideas to work off of. After all, once the hat is made, it's made and the process is over. I want to make sure everything is absolutely perfect.

HURDLE #1: Deciding on a color. In the summer, I almost exclusively wear short-sleeved, button-down collared shirts of varying colors and designs along with khaki / beige / cream-colored shorts, low-cut no-show athletic socks, and a pair of sneakers (some outlandishly colored and some fairly plain). I want to choose a neutral color -- this hat is not for fashion, but for casual and practical wear. Art already mentioned his "Sahara" color. I'm wondering what your collective thoughts are, though, on a sort of all-purpose color that'll work with anything during the warm season.

HURDLE #2: Dealing with my sweating during the particularly hot / hazy / humid Philadelphia summer. I know that the "ArtLite" comes unlined, instead having a label affixed to the top of the crown on the inside, so that's a great start. What methods are there, in addition to the leather sweatband, to protect the felt from wicking around the circumference, though? Perhaps this is a better question for Art -- whether or not he has any of that protective plastic stripping you find behind some of the higher-end vintage sweatbands, or if the width of his leather sweatbands are such that it would be unnecessary to add additional sweat protection.

My final inquiry: If you have an Art Fawcett, is there anything you wish you would've had done that you only know now based on your own experience? It is highly likely that this will be my only Art Fawcett for a long, long time, and I'm a sucker for being extremely thorough. If possible, I'll definitely be getting a wind trolley. Aside from that, I'm drawing a blank.

I look forward to everybody's input! Thanks to probably the most helpful corner of the Internet.

carter
02-11-2009, 12:59 PM
DJ, I have 5 of Art's creation but none are in the Artlite felt. Here are some suggestions.

1. A lighter color will be cooler. The Sahara should be fine.

2. A reeded sweatband will take care of the wicking isssue.

3. I suggest a 6" open crown and a brim of either 2 1/2 or 2 5/8".

4. Two of my hats from Art have a raw edge. If I had it to do over, I'd get a bound edge every time.

Hope this is helpful. Happy shopping. Carter

Tango Yankee
02-11-2009, 01:11 PM
Ah, what a wonderful dilemma to have, Dumbjaw!

Looking at the photos you posted I feel that the 2 1/2 brim suits you better than the narrower ones. The Adam Executive looks like the best combination.

I agree with Art that the Sahara would be a great all-around color. Beyond that, I'd be tempted to just let Art do his thing!

But... since you intend to wear it in a wide variety of situations, I'd go with a raw edge. A bound edge tends to give a more formal air. If you do go with bound, make it a narrow binding. That will allow it to work well with casual clothes.

The ribbon? Art has a knack for picking out the right color to go with the hat. I'd go with a gentle contrast rather than a sharp one. The width, for a more flexible look, probably shouldn't be very wide--1 1/2 inches or so, perhaps slight more to help balance a tall crown but not the full 2 inches.

Just a few ideas off the top of my head... hope they help!

Cheers,
Tom

Thwack
02-11-2009, 01:20 PM
I'll be curious to see where you end up on this project. If you are worried about the felt "sweating" through you could always opt to have it lined. I agree with Carter on the 6" open crown and the edge binding however I would lean toward the larger brim, 2 5/8 would probably look pretty good. As far as the ribbon goes after seeing the pictures from the Art Fawcett hall of fame I'd feel safe putting myself in his very capable hands.

David Conwill
02-11-2009, 01:27 PM
I'm intrigued. Nothing really to add, but I'd like to follow this thread as I really want a summer-weight felt to go with my tan cotton suit. I just feel that felt is more conservative than straw, and more suited to cities north of the Mason-Dixon line.

Still can't justify laying out the scratch for a custom-made jobby, though. Maybe in a year or two.

-Dave

Tango Yankee
02-11-2009, 01:35 PM
If you are worried about the felt "sweating" through you could always opt to have it lined.


Thwack,

I believe that his concern is more along the lines of soaking the sweatband, which then would lead to the felt wicking up the moisture from there. I sweat a lot myself, and have had this problem. It results in sweat-stained ribbons. :eek:

Cheers,
Tom

gtdean48
02-11-2009, 01:41 PM
Lite color cause dark colors draw heat & lite reflects it.
12 ligne (1") ribbon is a good size, not too casual, not too dressy
No more than a 6 ligne bound edge to give the ArtLite brim some reinforcement = those I have felt are LITE!
2 5/8" wide brim, more for shading than for styling, anything thinner is all styling & no function
I'd get a liner but ask it just be tucked under sweatband & not attached.
In Georgia warmer season, I pop out the liner of felts for cooler wearing.
There is perspiring then there is sweating. Sweating is what I do working around the ranch & no liner or reeded sweatband is going to stop that from wicking thru a felt hat. I've got beaters for that.
Good luck Matt!

Jazzcat
02-11-2009, 01:54 PM
I actually am in the same situation as you Dumbjaw. I spoke with Art and emailed a few FL members for input. I ended up going with a lightweight "trackside" in Sahara, a 2.5" raw brim with a 12 ligne ribbon. I live in Florida and like you, this hat will be my workhorse fedora for most of the year. I should have it in a few weeks and will post pictures as well.

kaosharper1
02-11-2009, 02:09 PM
My recent VS is in his silverbelly which is a greyer version than the Akubra silverbelly. Its very versatile in that it goes with browns and greys equally and you can use a lot of different colored ribbons. Mine has a silver hat band and a tan brim binding. Its also a light felt, and it is light and soft, but still keeps its form.

Light colors would probably be best in the warm months, and I've tended to light colors since I moved to Pasadena, but they do show dirt and fingermarks so that's the downside.

indycop
02-11-2009, 02:19 PM
Dj you could always just let Art know that you want it to go with as much as possible and let him come up with it. Everyone that has left it completely up to Art has been pleased! :)

avedwards
02-11-2009, 03:51 PM
Why not a welted edge. Works with everything (not just formal like a bound edge) and more stable than a raw edge and nearly looks the same. I'f no expert, but the hats I have with welted edges look good and perform well.

animator
02-11-2009, 04:08 PM
My "ArtLite" hat felt color is "Natural" and it has a welt edge. I think it is the perfect combination. Natural is a really great color. The VS (dress weight) hat in my avatar is "Mojave"... also a nice color... but harder to wear on a daily basis.

If I was only going to have one VS hat I'd go with Natural color felt.

lc1484
02-11-2009, 05:07 PM
Dumbjaw,

email Art with those pics and tell him what you want....like Indy said..he will know exactley what would suit you and give you some options...

I have 2 VS hats, the Goodfellow and the custom one I just made...you won't be disappointed in a hat that is in his line or a custom made one..

I think I liked the 5 1/4 open crown, with 2 1/4 brim all around...that's what I made on my custom and both my VS's have bounded brims..it looks classy..

Larry

univibe88
02-11-2009, 07:06 PM
Definitely make sure Art sees those pictures. I sent him some pictures when he made my first hat. He is very good with proportion. My opinion is that the 6 x 2.5 Adam looks best on you.

MattJH
02-11-2009, 07:21 PM
Thank you very much, everyone!

The picture / dimensions part has been removed now. I'm still interested in input regarding color and the sweat issue, if anybody has any further input. Otherwise, I've got some good ideas now.

Topdog
02-11-2009, 09:09 PM
Just curious, why did you removethe pictures? i didn't get a chance to seethem.:(

Not-Bogart13
02-11-2009, 11:29 PM
Color; Sahara is a nice light tan, and it sounds great for the color pallet you plan on for summer. My only other suggestions would be Mojave (an even lighter tan) or light blue for a dash of color.

I can't help you with the sweating issue. I avoid felt in the summer.

You did ask about "regrets" and experiences. I have many Art Fawcett hats, and only one regret (but a fixable one). The ArtLite I have has a strange sort of nubuck/flat finish sweatband that, while not as warm as a normal sweatband, just soaks up sweat like a sponge and looks disgusting. It clings uncomfortably to my head when it's damp, and I'm embarrassed to have people see it. I don't know if Art even still uses these, but to be safe I advise asking for a normal sweatband like he uses in his standard weight hats.

As an aside, let me also echo some previous sentiments by saying that bound and welt edges, especially on this felt, would be my preference.

Jabos
02-12-2009, 08:51 AM
Dumbjaw-I am in the same boat as you and thank you for this thread. Removable liner? Is that possible with Art? If so, I think that sounds like a perfect solution.

I would like to know just how much difference there is between the light felt and the normal with regard to warmth. Can someone with both from Art comment? If the difference is negligible I would think the normal felt would be more durable. I've seen many people indicate his normal felt hats are like tanks, and I hate to give up that strength if there isn't much perceptible difference in how much hotter the normal felt is during warm weather wear.

MattJH
02-12-2009, 09:10 AM
Just curious, why did you removethe pictures? i didn't get a chance to seethem.:(

Apologies. I just don't like to post images of my face on the internet. It's a career-based thing. Send me a PM if you'd like to see them, though!

Not-Bogart13
02-12-2009, 12:21 PM
Removable liner? Is that possible with Art? If so, I think that sounds like a perfect solution.

I would like to know just how much difference there is between the light felt and the normal with regard to warmth. Can someone with both from Art comment?

Art stitches in his liners. By snipping the stitches, you instantly have a removable liner. :D

There is a definite difference between the felt weights. I'm the kind of person who can get hot and sweaty in the middle of a blizzard, so I bought my featherweight expecting to wear it in all but the coldest weather. I was wrong. I can only wear it in 40 degrees F or higher, otherwise I feel the wind cut through it. And I can wear it in warmer temps than I can tolerate the regular weight.

A full liner might actually help with the cold, And the removal of a liner, even in the standard weight, will help in warmer weather. Personally, I find straw better for the summer, but if you must go felt, the featherweight is the way to go.

Jabos
02-12-2009, 07:36 PM
Thanks Bogart for the info. I was expecting an answer that they were almost the same. Do you find the light felt to be, well, more "floppy" and not hold its shape as well as the standard felt? Think it will wear as long as a standard weight? Do you think that if you snipped out the stitching on the liner that you could place it back in and it would stay in place okay minus the stitching? Okay, no more questions. Maybe someday I'll have two to compare for myself!

Not-Bogart13
02-12-2009, 08:26 PM
Well, let's see... I would say the light felt is floppier and softer, but it does retain it's shape very well. By it's nature though, it will probably need a reblock faster than standard weight under the same abuse. Since the felt is thinner, I can only guess that it could be ripped more easily, too. But if you treat your hats well, it should be fine. If your hats see lots of heavy rain or get battered around a lot, I would stick with the standard weight.

Art didn't put a full liner in my feather weight. He only does that if asked. However, in the past I have snipped liners and had no trouble pulling them in and out. Just tuck them into the sweat and up into the crown and you're ready to go!

MattJH
02-18-2009, 07:51 AM
I actually am in the same situation as you Dumbjaw. I spoke with Art and emailed a few FL members for input. I ended up going with a lightweight "trackside" in Sahara, a 2.5" raw brim with a 12 ligne ribbon. I live in Florida and like you, this hat will be my workhorse fedora for most of the year. I should have it in a few weeks and will post pictures as well.

I haven't forgotten this, so don't forget me! I'll have high interest in hearing about it.

I'm going to be pulling the trigger on my deposit for my very first custom hat today, it appears. I had to eBay a few of my vintage hats to be able to do this, but they're the hats that spend most of their time in their respective boxes, so it's ultimately no loss.

I am a good example of the power of positive customer experiences. I would have never even heard of Vintage Silhouettes were it not for the beaming reviews all over The Fedora Lounge.

HamletJSD
02-18-2009, 08:20 AM
I can't order an Art yet, but have been asking the same questions for my next purchase.
My silverbelly OR is probably my favorite hat, but just doesn't go to well with the khaki and earth tones I always wear (I would wear it anyway because I'm a fashion dolt, but when my wife gives me that look...). I've been trying to decide between a sand/fawn color and a mid to light grey.

I'm leaning towards the latter. Any thoughts on how a neutral grey would fit your daily wardrobe?

Topdog
02-18-2009, 08:30 AM
In my opinion, silverbelly goes with just about anything.

MattJH
02-18-2009, 08:40 AM
In my opinion, silverbelly goes with just about anything.

Except for my personality. :) Otherwise, the color choice would be easy.

HamletJSD
02-18-2009, 09:04 AM
In my opinion, silverbelly goes with just about anything.

In mine, too, which is why I still wear it all the time.
But I concede my wife's point that it is very bright ... the effect of wearing Silverbelly is similar to that of wearing a white hat, which can clash with earth tones.

Topdog
02-18-2009, 09:06 AM
Tell your wife that she should see you as a knight in shining armor. Maybe she won't mind the silverbelly then.;)

She probably sees you as a "Bad boy" and wants you in darker colors. Most women, deep in their hearts , want a 'Bad boy"

Not-Bogart13
02-18-2009, 10:13 AM
Well, if you're after something to match earth tones, I don't think light gray will serve you well. I mean, there's silverbelly, which can look grey-ish depending on manufacturer, and Art's Silvermist. The silver mist is a cooler gray, while silverbelly (his, anyway) is more neutral.

My advice for earth tones (from Art's colors) would be either Granite (a mid-gray with earthy undertones), or one of his tans (Mojave and Sahara).

If you're a bit more adventurous, may I suggest Sage or Powder Blue. :D With the right ribbon treatment, both could be very versatile, I think.

MattJH
02-18-2009, 10:26 AM
Well, thank you, everyone! I just sent my deposit to begin the process.

I plan on keeping a log of how it all works, which I'll post at the very end for those who've never purchased a custom hat from Art (like me) but are curious about how the process pans out from beginning to end (like me).

Ande1964
02-18-2009, 11:10 AM
Good for you on pulling the trigger, DJ. It's a really exciting process.

Don't know if it will help, but I figured it couldn't hurt to share a photo of my Art creation. It's not a litefelt, but it is in Sahara, which was one of the colors you're considering. I went with a 2 1/2 brim, and have been thrilled with it. The crown was, I think, 5 1/2 open, about 4 1/2 bashed.

The first one is a balancing act between letting Art know exactly what you like and giving him some room to breathe creatively. You'll get there!

Best of luck!

Anj

http://www.andeparks.com/images/myart.jpg

Not-Bogart13
02-18-2009, 08:37 PM
Anj, that is one stylin' hat! Great ribbon/felt combo.

kaosharper1
02-18-2009, 10:53 PM
Good for you on pulling the trigger, DJ. It's a really exciting process.

Don't know if it will help, but I figured it couldn't hurt to share a photo of my Art creation. It's not a litefelt, but it is in Sahara, which was one of the colors you're considering. I went with a 2 1/2 brim, and have been thrilled with it. The crown was, I think, 5 1/2 open, about 4 1/2 bashed.

The first one is a balancing act between letting Art know exactly what you like and giving him some room to breathe creatively. You'll get there!

Best of luck!

Anj



What color is the ribbon?

lc1484
02-19-2009, 06:12 AM
Anj,

that one is a beauty...was that picture with or without a flash? got any pics of it outside? I like that sahara and ribbon combo also..hmmmmmmmmmmm

Larry:eusa_clap

Ande1964
02-19-2009, 08:08 AM
Thanks, guys. I don't really know what the ribbon is, to be honest. It's a magical li'l piece of Art's fantastic ribbon vault. I don't see color very well, but it's just a little darker than the felt. Also, when you see the ribbon from different angles, the color value shifts, so it can go from almost blending with the felt to significantly darker.

This photo was taken without flash, with a shadeless lamp nearby. I tried to simulate natural light as best I could.

Part of Art's process is showing you the all-but finished hat with a few different ribbon choices. In my case, I loved the first photo he showed me. I told Art I liked it best, and thought it offered the most versatility. He agreed, and we were set!

Anj

Magus
02-19-2009, 09:17 AM
Well I got in on this one a bit late...but will chime in a thought anyway.

Many folks dont take into account their complection color. If you want a hat that you can wear consistantly the best thing to match it to is your skin...not your clothes. As, well, clothes colors are a bit easier to change lol.

I, for instance, have a couple tan-ish toned hats that I got in lot purchaces that I really cant wear, with my complection it just makes me look a bit like I'm sea-sick.

Let us know how it turns out.

M

Sargon
02-19-2009, 06:00 PM
I ordered one this week as well. There were so many nice hats in the hall of fame thread that I basically gave up on my hat decision. I let Art know what I like in a hat and I'm leaving the rest to him. He doesn't send out ugly hats so I believe I should be OK. Almost went for Not Bogarts chocolate mint though.

MattJH
02-23-2009, 02:13 PM
My "ArtLite" hat felt color is "Natural" and it has a welt edge. I think it is the perfect combination. Natural is a really great color. The VS (dress weight) hat in my avatar is "Mojave"... also a nice color... but harder to wear on a daily basis.

If I was only going to have one VS hat I'd go with Natural color felt.

I received the color palettes today, and, after a cursory look, I think I agree with you in the Natural color. It looks just about completely neutral and seems like it'd go with anything. It almost looks like a brown / grey hybrid, really, coming together in the beige spectrum.

I also know what lighter colors would not work for me: Silver Belly, Silver Mist, Sand, and Mojave are definitely not for me. As such, the only other lighter colors I could choose from aside from Natural would be Camel (too brown), Sahara (second favorite), Blue Smoke (too grey), Powder Blue (too blue), and Light Sage (too green).

So it's really between Natural and Sahara for me. Leaning towards Natural.

I wonder if Natural means the felt wasn't color-treated?

Not-Bogart13
02-23-2009, 05:23 PM
Just to warn you about Natural as a color. I have a hat that I thought was tan. One day, on a lark, I checked to see if it matched any of Art's felt samples. It was a dead-on match to Natural.

So, I would say be careful about a ribbon choice, at the very least. It's very easy for the tan in the felt to dominate.

Here's the hat;
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/27810273@N04/2616992222/" title="Adam Executive 04 by Fedora Dog, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3245/2616992222_77f56ed2ea.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Adam Executive 04" /></a>

MattJH
05-01-2009, 07:07 AM
It's heeeeeeere! It took a little over two months from start to finish. I have a date log at home that I'll post later on for those curious. Only now do I know what it feels like to wear a hat that fits perfectly. It turns out that I'm a 7 5/8 between regular and long oval, so I'm "slightly long oval." This is good to know, and explains why 7 3/4 hats seem to fit me better than 7 5/8 hats.

What I told Art was that I wanted a lightweight felt hat that is as casual as casual can be, and that I wanted an incorporation of an earth-tone orange somewhere on the ribbon, but I wanted it to be subtle rather than flashy.

The felt is Natural. The crown is 5 3/8", the brim is 2 1/2" with an underwelt, and the ribbon is 1". The leather sweatband is personalized with my initials, and the hat is unlined.

My digital camera is severely outdated, and the quality of these photographs reflects that. My apologies to Art for doing his hat a disservice, but I wanted to show it. I'll post this in the appropriate Art collection thread as well.

I am very impressed. This will likely be my only hat from Vintage Silhouettes, and it fits the bill exactly as I had hoped that it would. Take note that the hatbox Art uses is now the best quality hatbox I own, finally surpassing my four Brooks Brothers hatboxes. It's sturdy and looks great.

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m221/dumbjaw/hats/vintage-silhouettes/01-VS.jpg
http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m221/dumbjaw/hats/vintage-silhouettes/03-VS.jpg
http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m221/dumbjaw/hats/vintage-silhouettes/04-VS.jpg
http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m221/dumbjaw/hats/vintage-silhouettes/05-VS.jpg
http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m221/dumbjaw/hats/vintage-silhouettes/06-VS.jpg
http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m221/dumbjaw/hats/vintage-silhouettes/07-VS.jpg
http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m221/dumbjaw/hats/vintage-silhouettes/08-VS.jpg
http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m221/dumbjaw/hats/vintage-silhouettes/09-VS.jpg
http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m221/dumbjaw/hats/vintage-silhouettes/10-VS.jpg
http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m221/dumbjaw/hats/vintage-silhouettes/11-VS.jpg

Lefty
05-01-2009, 08:09 AM
It's very nicely proportioned for you. :eusa_clap

Carlisle Blues
05-01-2009, 08:11 AM
Perfect Matt!!!!!!!!!!!!!:eusa_clap :eusa_clap :eusa_clap :eusa_clap

gtdean48
05-01-2009, 08:48 AM
:arated:
Perfect Matt!!!!!!!!!!!!!:eusa_clap :eusa_clap :eusa_clap :eusa_clap
Nice one Matt!!!

JPMcAdara
05-01-2009, 10:31 AM
That is a beautiful hat!!! Looks very good on you as well. Maybe a silly question, but did you do the bash yourself? It looks like it came with an open crown.

Jabos
05-01-2009, 10:49 AM
Beautiful!!!!!!! :eusa_clap :eusa_clap :eusa_clap I'd not really considered natural, but that looks great.

animator
05-01-2009, 10:52 AM
That's a great looking hat! Natural is a fantastic color for felt.

MarkL
05-01-2009, 10:52 AM
Wow! That hat is beautiful. Art has done it again.

The color is great and it really looks great on you! Thanks for sharing the pics.

MattJH
05-01-2009, 12:10 PM
Thank you everyone! And especially Art.


Maybe a silly question, but did you do the bash yourself? It looks like it came with an open crown.

Actually, you have a good eye. Yes, I asked Art to ship it open crown. I asked him how he puts his creases in and he said he does them tightly and with steam. I prefer a more loose, hand-made look, so I opted to have it shipped uncreased. The creasing in the photograph is purely temporary and was done just for the photos. It's currently sitting in its box, uncreased. I don't know what I'm going to do with it just yet.

Colby Jack
05-01-2009, 12:12 PM
Bravo Matt!:eusa_clap :eusa_clap :eusa_clap Looks fantastic on you!

Ande1964
05-01-2009, 12:29 PM
Great hat, Matt. Good job by you, and especially by Art. I really need a lightweight by Art, and I love that welted edge.

Anj

carter
05-01-2009, 12:41 PM
Great hat, Matt. Good job by you, and especially by Art. I really need a lightweight by Art, and I love that welted edge.
Anj
:arated: :cheers1:

feltfan
05-01-2009, 01:28 PM
Outstanding hat and perfect for you.

Is that the light felt or the regular dress weight felt?

JPMcAdara
05-01-2009, 01:39 PM
Thank you everyone! And especially Art.



Actually, you have a good eye. Yes, I asked Art to ship it open crown. I asked him how he puts his creases in and he said he does them tightly and with steam. I prefer a more loose, hand-made look, so I opted to have it shipped uncreased. The creasing in the photograph is purely temporary and was done just for the photos. It's currently sitting in its box, uncreased. I don't know what I'm going to do with it just yet.


Man, I think you did a great job on the bash!! It really seemed to fit your profile. I am sure whatever you decide, it will look perfect!!! :eusa_clap

MattJH
05-01-2009, 01:44 PM
Outstanding hat and perfect for you.

Is that the light felt or the regular dress weight felt?

Thank you!

And:


What I told Art was that I wanted a lightweight felt hat...

;)

Colby Jack
05-01-2009, 02:38 PM
So how is the VS holding up in Philly?

feltfan
05-01-2009, 05:20 PM
Thank you!

And:



;)
Ah, missed that the first time. I suspected it was
the light stuff- the dents are so crisp. I think I might
need a hat made from that felt...

handlebar bart
05-01-2009, 05:52 PM
It's heeeeeeere!
I am very impressed. This will likely be my only hat from Vintage Silhouettes,
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I love your new lid from Art. Wonderful in every detail..............but really...........do you expect us to believe you will be the one guy who has the restraint to stop at one VS.:D

Viper Man
05-02-2009, 06:30 AM
Great hat, Matt (and Art!).


I love your new lid from Art. Wonderful in every detail..............but really...........do you expect us to believe you will be the one guy who has the restraint to stop at one VS.:D

This is exactly what I was thinking. I own two and can't wait for the chance to get another! Art's hats are special to me.

MattJH
05-02-2009, 04:30 PM
Taken right this second at the park by my apartment with my laptop's integrated webcam:

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m221/dumbjaw/hats/vintage-silhouettes/bardascino.jpg

I cannot say enough about this one. To be blunt, when I first started participating here, I couldn't fathom any justifiable reason why anybody would ever pay $300 for a hat. I still feel this way about production hats, regardless of quality, but for a custom hat? I get it. I totally get it.

The "natural" felt (which simply means it was never dyed) goes with absolutely positively anything. From blacks to greys to blues to greens to browns, there is no color clash at all. It's amazing. As you can see, I'm currently wearing a brown and cream checkered button-down, an orange undershirt, and an olive-green spring jacket, and the hat fits in there seamlessly. For those contemplating their first Art Fawcett / VS, or for those who truly want an all-purpose hat, the "natural" color (or lack thereof!) has my highest recommendation. Coupled with the 1" ribbon and the non-flashy ribbon treatment, I can pop this onto my head before leaving the door without worry. If you're getting the lightweight felt like I did, I also strongly recommend the underwelt. It adds some stability to the brim, and the underwelt makes it so that it can still pass as a raw edge if looking at the hat in any way other than from under it. I like raw edges, but wanted stability, so there you have it.

And my doctor will be very happy that I've taken the recommended measures to drastically decrease my chance of another pesky melanoma cropping up! That's probably the best part. I've always wondered what it's like to find the perfect anything, and now I know.

P.S. - I know that the one dent is slightly asymmetrical to the other one; it's intentional, though! I'm going to sound like a broken record, but I strongly prefer loose creases that are obviously hand-made as opposed to the strangely-perfect, tight symmetrical ones. It's a personal preference, that's all. So far, it is 100% dry creased, and I intend to keep it that way. The first downpour will set it in, I'm sure.

P.P.S. - My recent discovery that my wireless signal reaches the park across the street has ruled. I just hope a bird doesn't poop on my laptop. Haha.

kaosharper1
05-02-2009, 04:55 PM
Great hat. Love the asymmetrical bash. I also don't know how you can stop at one. I now have two, and would really like another. They're both unique, but fit me perfectly, and that's really rare.

MattJH
05-02-2009, 05:00 PM
I also don't know how you can stop at one.

Monetary responsibility is the only reason. My debt and preparing for finally reaching financial stability after years of stupid mistakes takes higher priority than a hat. Even a really really really really really great hat. :)

kaosharper1
05-02-2009, 05:25 PM
Monetary responsibility is the only reason. My debt and preparing for finally reaching financial stability after years of stupid mistakes takes higher priority than a hat. Even a really really really really really great hat. :)

Yes. There's always that. We must hat responsibly.;)

Ande1964
05-02-2009, 05:56 PM
I just hope a bird doesn't poop on my laptop. Haha.

To hell with the laptop! Protect the hat!!!

;)

Anj

JPMcAdara
05-03-2009, 06:40 PM
I counld not agree more.....always protect the hat!!!!!!! Laptop can be replaced, but a one of a kind Art Fawcett????? It is all about priorities!!

MattJH
05-11-2009, 09:23 AM
To be blunt, when I first started participating here, I couldn't fathom any justifiable reason why anybody would ever pay $300 for a hat. I still feel this way about production hats, regardless of quality, but for a custom hat? I get it. I totally get it.

I just wanted to take a moment to express my continued satisfaction with this hat. I've worn it almost every day since I received it. It has been rained on several times and was even inadvertently crushed at the bottom of a public closet at a bar / club I was at, and it's no worse for wear at all. Take my word -- the lightweight felt Art uses is extremely durable! This was a concern of mine initially, but no longer. It really is something else. You don't know what a perfect fit is until you've had a hat custom-made for your skull. I just sold a Dobbs 20 on eBay and will likely be putting my MacLachlan up soon. I never wear either one, and both could be used for a VS #2. I don't know why I said it'd be my last Art; a standard weight has to be in my future!

Jabos
05-11-2009, 07:53 PM
I just wanted to take a moment to express my continued satisfaction with this hat. I've worn it almost every day since I received it. It has been rained on several times and was even inadvertently crushed at the bottom of a public closet at a bar / club I was at, and it's no worse for wear at all. Take my word -- the lightweight felt Art uses is extremely durable! This was a concern of mine initially, but no longer. It really is something else. You don't know what a perfect fit is until you've had a hat custom-made for your skull. I just sold a Dobbs 20 on eBay and will likely be putting my MacLachlan up soon. I never wear either one, and both could be used for a VS #2. I don't know why I said it'd be my last Art; a standard weight has to be in my future!
Addictive, isn't it? I just put in my order for Number Two. You start immediately thinking about all the possible hats you could have Art make and then its all over.

MattJH
07-11-2011, 08:44 AM
Hey everyone. It's been a while since I've posted here, and I've changed webhosts since, so a lot of my old image links are broken. I'm just updating the three threads that reflect my remaining three hats (VS (http://www.thefedoralounge.com/showthread.php?36411-Requesting-assistance-in-the-details-of-my-first-Art-Fawcett), grey (http://www.thefedoralounge.com/showthread.php?34118-Impressions-and-images-of-my-new-Akubra-Federation-IV-in-Carbon-Grey) Fed IV, brown (http://www.thefedoralounge.com/showthread.php?34231-My-brown-Federation-IV-came-today-a-small-difference-from-my-grey-one) Fed IV) with images of them now, for reference material.

Type: Custom Vintage Silhouette by Art Fawcett
Purpose: I wanted a casual, spring/summer lightweight everyday hat that would work w/t-shirts, shorts, jeans, etc. w/orange included somewhere in it
Felt: Natural
Type: Lightweight, unlined
Crown: 5 3/8" / Open and dry-creased
Brim: 2 1/2" w/ underwelt
Ribbon: 1"



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