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    Any Akubra's in Melbourne?




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    Hello. I am new to the Lounge. I was wondering where I could get a nice Akubra fedora in Melbourne, Australia. I am in Texas but my wife is over there now until July 12 and she is under orders (more a request) to get me an Akubra. Recomendations in style are also requested. Thanks.

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    I would think that any hat shop in the city worth it's salt would be fully stocked with Akubras; the way I understand it is that Akubra is national hat of Australia. The Akubra website might have a dealer locator to help find specific stores. As for fedoras, I have a "Sydney", and it makes a great fedora. They are usually sold open crown, but it you buy at a shop the clerk may bash it for you.

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    Agreed on the Sydney Fedora. At one point or another, I've owned the Sydney, Stylemaster, Federation (original), Traveller, Casual, Plainsman, and Cattleman. The Sydney is by far the most versatile one they offer, as far as I'm concerned.

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    The Styles commonly sold in Australia are not always the same as those sold in the American Market. So you might want to look at their Australian web page (which doesn't have all the styles you'll find in stores, but will give you some ideas). http://www.akubra.com.au/products_fashion.html

    The best place for your wife to go and have a look would be City Hatters
    on Flinders Street (Under the Flinders Street Station Clock is probably a better indication than a street number).

    While the Akubra is our national hat, the majority of the Australian business would be country hats (not quite as big as American cowboy hats, but not the stylish dress hat either). So, most places where you could find an Akubra would be selling you the Cattleman, Snowy River, Pastoralist, Plainsman and styles like that.

    The department stores might have a few to choose from (David Jones would be a better guess than Myers) but City Hatters would be the first stop.

    Open crown is also less common in Australia now, so most of what your wife finds will be as per the pictures on their web page. As for recommendations, Campdraft, Fedora or Stylemaster would be my suggestions. Hampton if you like a stingy brim.

    but look at the styles and think about what you want on your head.
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    Thanks ADHD, I just cut and paste your post to an e-mail to my wife. Is the Federation called something else over there or is it just not on their website. I understand the majority of "country hats" issue. I am from Texas and cowboy hats are a dime a dozen.

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    I don't know about the Federation, in fact the Lounge is the only place I've heard of it (although I haven't gone looking).
    Sorry,

    But the Akubra factory does so many styles while their website only mentions the most common ones. So it is possible she'll find a whole pile of different styles on the shelves in Melbourne.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ADHD librarian
    I don't know about the Federation, in fact the Lounge is the only place I've heard of it (although I haven't gone looking).
    The Akubra Federation is exclusive to Hats Direct, just like the Akubra Adventurer is exclusive to David Morgan. There was another Akubra model that was exclusive to a store in central Pennsylvania, but I can't find it.

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    ADHD is spot on...though in the city stores the dress hats are very popular shelf items.

    City Hatters is my favourite Melbourne hat store, and is not only a Melbourne icon but also the biggest stockist of Akubra hats in the city.

    It is located to the right of the steps, at the main entrance to Flinders Street Railway Station at the corner of Flinders Street and Swanston Street.

    You really can't miss it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dumbjaw
    The Akubra Federation is exclusive to Hats Direct, just like the Akubra Adventurer is exclusive to David Morgan. There was another Akubra model that was exclusive to a store in central Pennsylvania, but I can't find it.
    The Akubra Adventurer was actually originally made exclusively for a Sydney clothing store called "Gowings" and then licensed to David Morgan in the US. When the Gowings store closed in 2006 and the license expired, they then started selling it through "Strand Hatters" in Sydney, which is the only place you can buy it in Australia over the counter from what i understand.

    Strand Hatters is by far the best hat store in Sydney and has a large range of Akubra hats as it is the only store owned by Akubra themselves. Unfortunately the website isn't really a true indication of what they stock in store
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    Oh, and when you can, please post some pictures of what you get.

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