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  1. PabloElFlamenco

    Visited Cuenca and bought a hat or two...

    Hungary Tom: the disaster of the Japanese visitor to Paris standing before a closed Quai d'Orsay door could be only worse if this person actually already knows exactly what's behind it...a phenomenal, fantastic, museum (AND the restaurant there, what exquisite level of professionalism of the...
  2. PabloElFlamenco

    Visited Cuenca and bought a hat or two...

    Undoubtedly true! I believe trying to score a high quality Montecristi would take several visits, departure, re-appearance and a measure of luck finding "the" hat. At the right price! Like any worthwhile venture, all involved must become convinced of the seriousness, dedication and competence...
  3. PabloElFlamenco

    Visited Cuenca and bought a hat or two...

    The finished hat. Note the crown shape...
  4. PabloElFlamenco

    Visited Cuenca and bought a hat or two...

    Sewing on the (cloth) sweatband.
  5. PabloElFlamenco

    Visited Cuenca and bought a hat or two...

    This is the partially finished hat body I chose to be mine!
  6. PabloElFlamenco

    Visited Cuenca and bought a hat or two...

    A floorful of unfinished hat bodies at the ATMA manufacture in Sigsig.
  7. PabloElFlamenco

    Visited Cuenca and bought a hat or two...

    Carnaval in a village very near to Cuenca. The ladies' "paja toquilla" hats are...hard hats! Note the different styles.
  8. PabloElFlamenco

    Visited Cuenca and bought a hat or two...

    Local shoppers...
  9. PabloElFlamenco

    Visited Cuenca and bought a hat or two...

    A market hat-stall....
  10. PabloElFlamenco

    Visited Cuenca and bought a hat or two...

    The first sign we saw leading to a hat shop...
  11. PabloElFlamenco

    Visited Cuenca and bought a hat or two...

    Thanks Alan and Hi! Tried uploading but even reduced files were stated to be too big. Let me work on this, pictures will come...
  12. PabloElFlamenco

    Visited Cuenca and bought a hat or two...

    Preliminary remark: no pictures! If some one could point out to me how to get the photo's from my computer to this article...?... thanks (sorry for being a nitwit). Irène and I went to Ecuador on a three-week holiday, taking locally available bus transport to visit varying places of interest...
  13. PabloElFlamenco

    Going to Cuenca

    Well, hi Kevin, I'm into buying a hat for myself, provided it be a very nice hat for an interesting price (and I also need to buy a "Panama" for a friend who's just superficially interested in hats). But I'd be a fool if I were not interested in the whole process of making these hats. I'll...
  14. PabloElFlamenco

    Going to Cuenca

    Ok now, we're two weeks away from flying to Quito, where the intention is to stay a few days, then (probably) spend a few days more north, then off more to the south, to the Cuenca area. Whilst there, we intend to go to Sigsig, to visit the womens' weaving cooperative. Hopefully they have nice...
  15. PabloElFlamenco

    Hawaiian shirts and fedoras

    Here I'm wearing my (more or less vintage) Brooks Brothers Cuenca (Optimo style) hat, which received a new ribbon (puggaree) arrived from Fort Wayne, courtesy of Mr. Bob Weber. The shirt is a Karnakula, made in Indonesia. I've never got used, yet, to making those tablet selfies, and the...
  16. PabloElFlamenco

    First hat and first bash. How am I doing?

    So see u but! :confused: Bash it here, bash it there, ain't fragile! Steam it over, all over, nice and humid (don't overheat the leather sweatband, though). Thereafter, the felt feels nice and the hat looks tight...
  17. PabloElFlamenco

    Hawaiian shirts and fedoras

    Looking classy, Mike. Very nice ensemble...
  18. PabloElFlamenco

    Hawaiian Shirts - Aloha Shirts

    Thank you all! Indeed, vibrant colours, electric guitars...anything but the usual black and grey many older people -for some reason their own, which I respect- tend to wear. BTW, these shirts go well with my toquilla hats, the common link must be ...summer. We've been having a good one, this...
  19. PabloElFlamenco

    Jams World shirts, Hawaiian

    Mikespens, your reply is a generous gesture in that it opens wide open the gates to knowledge, diplomatically impartial, and generally an open-ended invitation to discover. Thank you for that! Less than a fortnight ago, an Easy or eBay picture strongly drew my attention to a very "modern art"...
  20. PabloElFlamenco

    How do folks react to your hat wearing?

    Way back the late 1970's, when I first timidly started wearing hats around the youthful age of 30 years, my first hat was stolen from me. Around 1980, at a downtown Antwerp Rock 'n Roll bar, I got accused of being an FBI agent for wearing a Fléchet (good French brand). Undoubtedly a...
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