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Borsalino Marque Grand Luxe

Discussion in 'Hats' started by Baron Kurtz, Dec 7, 2006.

  1. Here's my most recent fedora purchase (i know, i know, i said i was out of the fedora market, but when a stunning hat comes along for a tiny amount of cash investment, what's a guy supposed to do?).

    Seems to be a 30s Borsalino. The Velour/Plush finish is amazing. Very thick felt and a lovely feel to the felt. Was "Grand Luxe" the top quality felt that Borsalino made?

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    The liner is cool.

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    This one was sold in Rome initially.


    Apparently 6X quality, whatever that means.


    I assume these are someone's initials. And the standard shot of the tags under the sweatband. "Bario" means barium, apparently. I can't work out what Drudosti means ...

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  2. moustache

    moustache Practically Family


    Oh why did you have to post those photos????:p :p :p :p
    That is beautiful!!!
    Looks warm as well.

  3. Dinerman

    Dinerman Super Moderator Bartender

    that's a very pretty hat.
    I think I want a plush hat now.
  4. Good job!! I've never even seen a plush hat.
  5. feltfan

    feltfan My Mail is Forwarded Here

    I've seen one velour Borsalino in person, a fawn fedora with
    a wide brim belonging to an aquaintance. It is some amazing
    stuff. I'll be curious to hear what clothing you think goes with a
    velour hat.

    That velour looks incredibly dense. Nice find.

    Uh, why do you suppose it says "barium"?
    I hope there isn't much in it.
  6. Dinerman

    Dinerman Super Moderator Bartender

    my old borsalino says bismuto which translates to bismuth.
    I wonder if it was a color designation or if it was a content thing.
  7. besdor

    besdor Vendor/Sponsor

    Bismuto is a color shade of gray in Italian Dinnerman. As for the velour finish Bors , they are great hats . I have two with a 2 1/4" brim but they are too small for my 7 1/2 head . They haven't been made for many years .

    Bencraft Hats
  8. Dinerman

    Dinerman Super Moderator Bartender

    well- I just have to keep a sharp eye out then.
  9. I've got one- in a beautiful dark plum color; not lined, no ribbon; also too small for my bean, so my ever-resourcefull wife scooped it up, flipped the brim up on one side, down on the other, and now she gets looks wherever she goes. That doesn't bother me too much. Especially when I'm wearing one of my top Borsas.
    It's when they say to her-"Great Hat!!" GRRRRR ah, share the loot, I guess.

    dues-ducking member of the curmudgeon club M
  10. art92101

    art92101 One of the Regulars

    Curmudgeon Club

    Hey I bought a nice velour borsa and yup it was too small and my wife wears it and get lots of compliments! Kind of keeps peace in the family.
    On another wifely note. We watched the Sting last night. i didn't say anything till she did, about how great the hats of day looked on the actors. The I jumped onboard in the affirmative!
  11. The Duke

    The Duke One of the Regulars

    That's a sharp hat! nice find.

    DOUGLAS My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Damn, that is a beautiful hat. What a great color. The liner is too cool and I love the embossed initials. You certainly have a great eye for style BK.
  13. Kevin Popejoy

    Kevin Popejoy One of the Regulars

    What a kick. I believe I have the very same hat:


    I don't have a shot of the interior handy but it's the same logo and name. Great hat.

  14. Mine is black-very dark grey. I have no clue what to wear it with. Maybe a black or grey suit? Maybe a white suit? Yeah, i'll try it with a white suit, take some pics, and see what you guys think.

  15. spiridon

    spiridon A-List Customer

    .....uhhhhh, excuse me while I clean the drool off my keyboard! Those are both GREAT looking hats!:eusa_clap :eusa_clap

    DOUGLAS My Mail is Forwarded Here

    You ain't kidding Jon !
  17. besdor

    besdor Vendor/Sponsor

    You guys gave me a good idea. I'll give my hat to the old lady . I'm sure my wifes head is smaller than mine!

    Bencraft Hats:rolleyes:
  18. Hemingway Jones

    Hemingway Jones I'll Lock Up Bartender


    That is an AMAZING hat!

    With the right suit, this would be a show-stopper!

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