Here's a little teaser....I took the good pictures with my real camera over the weekend and didn't have time to upload them this morning. These few pictures were taken with my camera phone at work. They do the hat very little justice. I will post the "real" pictures of the hat in open crown position and after I creased it in the Art Hall of Fame a little later this evening. This was my first VS hat and let me say, actually holding one in my hands is an incredible experience. Art truly is a master hatter!
OPEN CROWN: 6 INCHES TALL (The straightest block profile I've ever seen. I am in love with it)
BRIM WIDTH: 2 1/4 INCHES WIDE
RIBBON WIDTH: 2 1/8 INCHES WIDE
My new Dualist!!! (I creased the crown. I'm still working on the front pinch...)
THANK YOU SO MUCH, ART!!!!!! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE HAT!!!!
I creased the crown lower in front and higher in back to give that great early 1930's rake to it. Right now the front pinch Stands at about 4 1/2 inches tall, the rear crease is about 5 inches tall, and the highest point of the crown creased is.....5 1/4 inches tall. I wanted to give the crown styling cues from the mid-teens through the 20's/early 30's.
I asked Art to copy a picture that I found in the American Hatter publications from 1915. He copied the bow EXACTLY (He used 2 1/8 inch ribbon. The perfect combo for an early looking hat). I also asked if he could leave the bow a little "puffy" and not tack it down so taut as 40's/50's hats. I love how the puffy/loose bows of the early/mid-teens looked. He did that perfectly as well!!
I also wanted something a little different on the sweatband. I love how many vintage fedoras used rear lacing, rather than having the sweatband seam stitched. I asked Art if he could just tape the sweatband seam in back and do lacing which comes out and ties into a bow. He executed this PERFECTLY!! I absolutely love the way this looks.
Lastly, I wanted a liner in this hat. Its a summer hat, but I have seen several examples on the lounge of early Stetson panamas and other makers use light liners in their panama hats. The liner really dresses up the panama and give the hat a very "finished" look. I love that the liner is white with black piping. It just looks so elegant!
Its a very cool hat. I wore it Saturday when the temp in Chicago reached 95 degrees and it kept me cool all day.
I will post more in the Art Hall of Fame a bit later.
Again, THANK YOU SO MUCH ART!!!!