My lone Barbisio.
My lone Barbisio.
"Americans always do the right thing, after trying everything else." - Winston Churchill
I purchased this hat in 1996 in Burbank at a hatter on Burbank Blvd. The owner/keeper said the hat was old-old stock, and it was my first real hat. The color did nothing for me and I packed it way until last year. When I found it, I realized it was quite good and fits my suits and face these days.
I'll take a stab--it was made in the early 80's before Barbisio closed or was sold off. It's a very good hat, and I'm extremely happy with it.
Your Barbisio was made in Columbia SA . The easiest way to tell the difference between the Italian and the south American hats is on the leather. The hats made in Columbia do not say "Made in Italy" . Not that they arent good hats, the quality on them is quite good. We sell them still in our stores .
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Okay, I've inherited Rick's Barbisio (photo above); it's really lovely. The felt is certainly as nice as the Bulgarian Borsalinos. My first thought was that it's a later-period Barbisio from the Sagliano Micca factory; having read this, however, I'm wondering whether it's one of the South American hats.
The liner and sweatband are precisely the same as Max Grody's hat, above: it doesn't say "made in Italy," but below the logo it say "Sagliano - 1862 - Italia." The sweatband doesn't seem to be the same quality as the Italian hats I've owned: the black leather is soft, but the stamp is poorly applied, and the sewing is a notch less refined. Also, the bow in the ribbon is sewn a bit haphazardly.
HOWEVER: inside the sweatband is a paper sticker that looks exactly the same as the ones in the Italian hats. It says "Sagliano Micca Italia," and the color of the hat -- hand-written -- is "tritone." Which is an *Italian* word (meaning triton). The size is given on a fabric tag as 7 1/4, but a paper tag under the sweatband also says 58 and 5 1/2. (I've never seen that last designation on anything but vintage European hats.)
(I can't find any information about the Colombian factory on the web -- it's never mentioned. Barbisio is said to have *exported* lots of hats to South America, but they've hidden the fact that they make them there.)
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Originally Posted by Visigoth
I have seen a Colombian website for hats...maybe they make them too?
Parabuntal or Balibuntal? More Pix needed of this beauty IMHO.
$9.99. Listed as 24+". Turned out to be a 7 1/8 mint. My wife looks great in it. The quest for mine continues.