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Optimo Hat?

Discussion in 'Hats' started by pjt113, May 8, 2012.

  1. pjt113

    pjt113 One of the Regulars


    I have a line on a hat that I'm being told is a "Graham Thompson Optimo" hat, I asked for a picture of the interior as the pic of the hat was a rather nondescript black hat, and this is what was sent to me.

    Anyone ever seen a Optimo tag like this?

  2. I could be wrong... but I think this is the type brand name you will find in Grahams hats.

  3. DJH

    DJH I'll Lock Up

    pjt, you are probably aware, there is more than one hat company called "Optimo" here in the US and probably more overseas (where this hat probably came from).

    The only Optimo Chicago hat I've owned had the logo that Rusty posted - it had a proper sweatband and nice stitching as well.

    There is a real Optimo in the Classifieds right now. Compare it to the one you are looking at.
    Last edited: May 8, 2012
  4. jlee562

    jlee562 Call Me a Cab

    I am by no means an Optimo historian, but for some reason, it strains credulity that Optimo would ever have used a cloth sweatband.
  5. pjt113

    pjt113 One of the Regulars

    Thanks guys, I've been to Optimo and had Graham rebuild a vintage Open Road I have and hope to one day have a custom made for me, I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something.
  6. rlk

    rlk I'll Lock Up

    There is a rollable featherweight hat but I can't recall the sweatband logo which has also changed over time, so I can't exclude or verify.
  7. How about emailing that picture to Graham and asking?
  8. Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner!
  9. rlk

    rlk I'll Lock Up

    He'll be in Europe for next 10 days
  10. pjt113

    pjt113 One of the Regulars

    I'll e-mail him and keep you posted
  11. daizawaguy

    daizawaguy Call Me a Cab

    No way! I saw his first tags on this forum, and they were not that crude...
  12. pjt113

    pjt113 One of the Regulars

    I heard back from someone at Optimo and they said it looked to be one of their roll up traveler hats.
  13. Aureliano

    Aureliano I'll Lock Up

    That's what I thought.
  14. pjt113

    pjt113 One of the Regulars

    Glad someone suggested I e-mail them, learn something new everyday
  15. kaosharper1

    kaosharper1 One Too Many

    I had an Optimo from their first year in business. The logo was different so I emailed Graham and he replied very quickly confirming it was one of his. I recently sold the hat in the classifieds.
  16. pjt113

    pjt113 One of the Regulars

    So I bought the hat and it's beautiful!

    I've never held felt this soft before, and it is very light so it must be the featherweight. It also came with it's box!

    It is way too small for me so my big decision is if I should keep it and bask in it's beauty or sell it to someone who will wear it. Leaning towards the later but time enough for that.

    Here's some pix



  17. DJH

    DJH I'll Lock Up

    Wow - I would never have bought the hat from that one photo you posted. It looks great, sorry about the size though!
  18. jlee562

    jlee562 Call Me a Cab

    Well, is it a size 7? ;)
  19. Congratulations on that beauty, ptj. Way to stick with it!

    I'd stare at it for a spell, myself. On the other hand, if it were MY size, I'd say sell it now!!
  20. pjt113

    pjt113 One of the Regulars

    It is a size 7

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