For a hayloft of straw hats the likes of which was probably not seen since the 1930s, see some images here of the 2022 Grand Flaneur Walk, organised by The Chap.
After all these years still fascinated by the fact that nearly all hats are just called "hat", without all the faux precise terminology that began as hats were on the wane. The vanity of small differences indeed.
No one will shout at you if you wear a black waistcoat but a white one looks better, with white tie, adn it is *certainly* correct. I mean, I get the desire for variety but just how often do you wear white tie??? :-)
All there's under the band is a number (5143), perhaps a serial. There is an embossed moniker, too (visible on the band) that says "The Buoyant", perhaps the model of the hat>.
The hat has small holes at the top of the crown for ventilation I guess, in the days when gents wore derbies...
Since people on this forum were so kind about previous pics of our boaters out and about at parties, etc., I am taking the liberty of posting a few more, conscious of the fact that these are nothing compared to the amazing collector's items posted on this thread...
This was the second annual...
What a great collection of "boater" ads! I think they are very useful from a historical standpoint.
I notice that most just refer to them as "straw hats", just as most (nearly all?) pre-war ads for what people nowadays call trilbies and fedoras just call them "hats" or at most "felt hats".