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  1. Juhani

    Panama Hat Thread

    Nowadays the PHD sews leather sweatbands, but they don't specify what kind of leather that is. I don't know hats well enough to judge the quality. To my eye, this looks good. Admittedly, it's easy to criticize the ribbons because they might look like they were made cheaply on a Chinese assembly...
  2. Juhani

    Panama Hat Thread

    This is made by Panama Hats Direct, grade “Montecristi Fino.” Considering the price I value the quality as stunning. It’s soft and smooth, and the texture is very subtle, keeping in mind the grade is the second lowest in Panama Hats Direct’s repertoire. The model is center dent, and it’s called...
  3. Juhani

    Panama Hat Thread

    Sadly, I'm afraid I missed this opportunity for now. I had a fear Panama Hats Directs sale would be ending soon so I was quick to submit an order there, and hence, I saw this offer too late.
  4. Juhani

    Panama Hat Thread

    I'm planning to get a new Panama hat for next summer, and I've been searching for images and reviews of Panama Hats Direct. There might be other options too. I'm always troubled with crown heights, and I went to ask them if they had higher blocks. Their Trilby model is said to be 4.75 inches /...
  5. Juhani

    Quality, leather briefcases & luggage

    I’m looking for a vintage style back bag / messenger / briefcase. The other day, my eyes were caught by Treelistverse (Belgium) and 79Street (Ukraine) mentioned above. There are actually quite a few suppliers on Etsy selling products of similar aesthetics. Many of them are located in Eastern...
  6. Juhani

    Putting it all together

    That's a fine appearance!
  7. Juhani

    Putting it all together

    I agree. If the "sections" don't communicate each others, the outcome surely lacks the "flow." To me your concept of "flow" sounds a matter of harmony, and it can be adjusted by finding optimal contrasts. Neutral colours prevent the overall outfit look clownish. The reason for asking about...
  8. Juhani

    Putting it all together

    Yes. I should have known this, but you make this very easy now...
  9. Juhani

    Putting it all together

    I guess the jacket dominates. However, listing all colors already implied the answer: brown is more neutral than burgundy.
  10. Juhani

    Putting it all together

    I have a serious question! I like the spezzato style of mixing trousers, vests, and jackets. The main colour of my outfit is often dark blue because it flatters my complexion. Brown fedora goes well with a blue jacket and beige pants. Beige, on the other hand, looks good with burgundy shoes. My...
  11. Juhani

    Post New Hats Here!

    Four years ago, I received very helpful advice at this site. Since then, I’ve been relatively quiet member. Now I guess I have something to share. This is my brand new customized Hufvud Raven Crown. It’s 50X beaver blend in sable brown with a special shark gill ribbon and binding in colour that...
  12. Juhani

    Johnny Depp Fedora

    I believe here's what you're looking for. However, I wouldn't recommend this, as I wouldn't recommend any intentionally distressed, overprised hat. https://www.cappelleriamelegari.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=379_137&products_id=2878&zenid=214mf2f0r4ht2mgfjkj08o62v1#.YjnjGzXktPa
  13. Juhani

    Ask a question, get an answer

    A question about history of ribbon styles! When did they start making shark gill ribbons for fedoras? I tried different ways to find out the answer here, but with my skills, I couldn’t get any, so if the topic has been discussed earlier, would you please kindly provide a link.... Regards, Juhani
  14. Juhani

    Ask a question, get an answer

    I am “summer” too, a grizzled one. I wear blues, sometimes combined with certain grays. I thought camel / beige felt would contrast nicely my jackets and shirts, but if the color is too warm, then my face might look ridiculously red. Perhaps a cold tone hatband is the solution. If it’s cold and...
  15. Juhani

    Ask a question, get an answer

    It’s been years since I wrote here anything, but I think no other community can help me now. I tried to find a thread about this, but with no luck, so here it comes... The question is about color temperatures: How can you tell if a color of felt is cold or warm? Does it matter to you anyway? A...
  16. Juhani

    Panama Hat Thread

    I have bought mine here: http://www.panamahatshop.com/
  17. Juhani

    Akubra sizes: true to the numbers?

    You know what...? That already happened. This forum has numerous threads on Akubras, and what I’ve read here, some people say, all Akubras shrink, while others say, Heritage collection doesn’t, and actually it is possible that they go larger. It was the latter opinion that caused my serious...
  18. Juhani

    Panama Hat Thread

    What a beautiful hat, sir! I'm thinking of buying an optimo hat, but this raises another important question: Where do you guys buy your Panama hats these days?
  19. Juhani

    Akubra sizes: true to the numbers?

    This one is Fed IV Deluxe. After all the padding, the hat looks good, but it's still slightly loose, and I'm afraid even a soft wind might blow the hat off. If Heritage collection Akubras do not shrink that much, I'm afraid Hats Direct exaggerated the size. From my point of view, however, it is...
  20. Juhani

    Akubra sizes: true to the numbers?

    This was a really nice thread since its start few years back. Today, i received my first Akubra ever. I ordered a size 59 and was totally shocked when it turned out the actual hat I had in my hands was 60. I sent them an e-mail telling the size was other than what I had ordered. However, i...

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