The spectral howl of the wild fedora is wafting again through my window. And in response, I'm thinking of getting a new one (a fedora, that is, not a window). This time I'm looking for a fur-felt hat with a wide brim around 2 3/4' to 3" and a light-colored felt. The price point above which I start to balk is $150.
Currently, the front-runners are the Domanico (made by Guerra for Miller Hats, http://www.millerhats.com/italian_index/italian2.html) and the Chicago (from the Brazilian firm Stefeno, http://www.thefedorastore.com/Stefen...p/chicago.htm).
Even though the Domanico is actually over my price point and the more expensive of the two by a solid $40, I'm leaning away from the Stefeno. This is on the grounds that, for all I know, Stefenos are made by the slave labor of imprisoned dissidents, as well as contaminated by enough mercury to set off a TSA metal detector.
But, seriously, it's only sized in S/M/L/XL, which isn't a good sign for a hat in its price range.
So do any of you own comparable Guerras & Stefenos? Do you have any positive or negative feelings about them that you would share?
And does anyone know of any other similar hats in the $150 range?