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  1. The Shooman

    Boater faction!

    Out and about in the city. Was really in the mood for wearing the boater in the city today. Felt good wearing it, and no-one even blinked an eyelid all day. Boaters can be pulled off....i've got some middle age spread and don't give a stuff what anyone thinks of my boater, so it works for me...
  2. The Shooman

    Boater faction!

    It was a special day because I received my custom boater from Cappelleria Melegari with the black ribbon. It fits me nice and will be more versatile than my Ponte Rialto with the blue/red ribbon. Here are my two top boaters: Ponte Rialto (at top) and the Cappelleria Melegari (at bottom)...
  3. The Shooman

    Post New Hats Here!

    Received my custom boater with the black ribbon this morning. It is made by Cappelleria Melegari. Not quite as good as the Ponte Rialto boater above it, but almost as good. Will post some more photos and do some commentary in the boater faction thread.
  4. The Shooman

    Boater faction!

    It is new year's day, and waiting for guests to arrive while wearing my boater. A nautical theme of navy shirt with stark white cotton trousers and the boater. The photo shows the boater can be worn on hot days with casual clothing. It is too hot in Australia to be wearing blazers. Burgundy...
  5. The Shooman

    Boater faction!

    The ole Scala boater gets critiqued Here is what l found when looking online at the Scala boater. It really does cut corners and looks second rate when l look closely at it. The weave looks looser, and much more rough. A very flimsy weave. Brim does not look as thick as the proper quality...
  6. The Shooman

    Boater faction!

    I've been working my way slowly through this thread, so if l touch on stuff that has been said before, bare with me. How boaters are made I was looking carefully at my Ponte Rialto boater and it looks almost all handmade. All of the straw is hand sewn together with only the outer brim stitch...
  7. The Shooman

    Post New Hats Here!

    Yes it is from Hills Hats in NZ. It is not a strong hat and needs to be handled carefully. They do fit true to size.
  8. The Shooman

    Post New Hats Here!

    ^^^ A great looking hat, and really suits you too. Yes, l am after a nice bowler. Maybe l can get one in my size and have my hat man steam it to fit.
  9. The Shooman

    Boater faction!

    ^^^ thanks, but the boater looks much better in person, and especially on the head with the right type of clothes. I've had the hat on all day, and thoroughly enjoying it.
  10. The Shooman

    Boater faction!

    Let me build up to posting photos of me in the hats. Took some today actually, but won't post them yet. Found out that l actually did order that o'connells boater, and it is good because l won't have to custom order one with that ribbon now. It fits really good, and it certainly makes a...
  11. The Shooman

    Post New Hats Here!

    I received this boater from O'connells recently. Ordered my usual size and it fits really nice with the help of a kitchen sponge in the sides. More commentary and pictures of my boater(s) in the boater thread. Took the inside of the hat because l know @Rmccamey always asks for it. It is...
  12. The Shooman

    Boater faction!

    You all might have seen this, but in case you haven't, this is a great film clip. Boaters everywhere, and some bowlers; almost everyone wore a hat, and no fedoras. I watched a 1900 French one earlier and saw hundreds of boaters being worn by within minutes on the video. One after another, man...
  13. The Shooman

    Boater faction!

    Having done an experiment, l now have much more of an idea of what l am doing. Thanks to @Rmccamey I was able to do online sizing and nail the fit. The main thing was that the boater was an oval shape and had the right measurements. The crazy part is that they sent me the wrong hat band...
  14. The Shooman

    Boater faction!

    I tried buying a boater from: - Bencrafts - O'connells - Delmonico - Village hat shop - O'connells None of the sites will allow me to purchase. Most don't allow shipping overseas, others refuse to give a quote for postage, another keeps saying my details are not filled out. These sites are...
  15. The Shooman

    Boater faction!

    Numerous boaters could be observed in these short film clips. Boaters at the beach Even more boaters here in 1901. Boaters galore.
  16. The Shooman

    Post New Hats Here!

    Ordered my first boater online, the measurements taken should work o.k with my head. It is just a basic boater for the moment to get my first experience with them. This is more of a festive boater, but it will be useful from time to time. I've wanted a boater all my life. While this is not...
  17. The Shooman

    Post New Hats Here!

    While looking for a plastic box at the $2 shop I was also lucky to find a bunch round boxes. Of course i'll be using these Christmas boxes to store my hats. Very handy indeed. some Hat boxes in the `shoo room' Received my pith helmet last night too, and what a beauty it is. I am going to dunk...
  18. The Shooman

    Post New Hats Here!

    Travelled to the mountains today to see my expert hat man and got this excellent panama and hat case. The panama is good because it was fitted to my head and chosen to best suit my face. They are specially designed panamas to look really stylish. At long last l will no longer have to put up...
  19. The Shooman

    AKUBRA SOMBRERO PICTURES PLEASE

    In the 1933 film `Riders of destiny', the bloke to the far left of screen is wearing a hat similar to the Akubra Sombrero. Same rounded high crown, same turned up brim at the sides.
  20. The Shooman

    Akubra Overload

    Twiggy also took over R.M.Williams. Prices have continued to rise and quality has gone down. Twiggy wants Akubra to become global, so l suspect he will want it to become a brand name. Twiggy's purchase bothers me. He comes across as a soulless businessman. He is in bed with the Chinese...

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