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  1. Delthayre

    Black Sheep Hat Works

    That's very impressive. The ribbon is a nice show of what artful folding can accomplish. It makes me excited to get the hat that I ordered from Black Sheep Hat Works, some day...
  2. Delthayre

    How many hats do you have?

    Any guess on that is beyond me. I hadn't known about the carpal tunnel syndrome, although that wouldn't be a shock given the fine handwork that he does. The last time that I corresponded with him, which was in February of this year, he wrote that he was going to finish work on his remaining...
  3. Delthayre

    How many hats do you have?

    Twelve, in sum: Six by Vintage Silhouettes, four by Leon Drexler,, one by Optimo and one by Penman. I have a thirteenth pending from Black Sheep Hat works and a perhaps a fourteenth from Leon Drexler if Mr. Temkin ever decides to resume hatmaking. I'll probably have to stop just past those...
  4. Delthayre

    Black Sheep Hat Works

    I placed and order and deposit for a Bismarck in November of 2018; I made an inquiry a few months ago, but received no response. I'm not in a hurry, especially under the peculiar current circumstances, but I get a little nervous when there's long silences. Two years, or even three, isn't a...
  5. Delthayre

    Post New Hats Here!

    My Leon Drexler Londoner came yesterday and I'm pretty well pleased with it. I haven't worn it outside of my apartment yet, but it's meant as my winter and fall 'town hat' (I.e. what I wear after work and on weekends), so it should get plenty of use. It's in dark indigo felt with a dusk...
  6. Delthayre

    What hat are you waiting for today?

    This will be my fifth hat by him... of six or perhaps seven planned. They've run from a big black homburg in his Venetian finish that I've only worn half a dozen times to a grey stroller in his Angora finish that I've worn on every winter or fall trip and weekend since I got it. I find him...
  7. Delthayre

    What hat are you waiting for today?

    Stephen Temkin is ready to trim a Londoner that I've been eagerly awaiting for a while to wear on weekends and off hours in cooler months as a 'town hat'. He sent me several choices for a ribbon; I ultimately chose a 20 ligne dusk one, which is what I expected to from the start, but I found...
  8. Delthayre

    Post New Hats Here!

    The United States Post Office delivered the Penman homburg that I had commissioned last summer. A grey homburg like this has been part of my 'hat inventory' scheme since its earliest conceptions in 2008 or 2009, so I'm pleased to at last realize it.
  9. Delthayre

    Vintage Silhouettes Custom Hats - Official Affiliate Thread

    A few weeks ago while my parents were visiting, we went to the Sansom Street Oyster House for lunch. As we walked in, a couple sitting near the front complimented my hat. My father and I continued on to our table, but my mother stayed and talked with them a long time. When she finally came...
  10. Delthayre

    VS Custom Hats - Watch the MAGIC - Art makes a hat FULL VIDEO!!

    This is really great to see. Mr. Fawcett has made, I believe, six hats for me and renovated three* of them, so I really like seeing something that tells me how they came to be. Having neither the skills nor aptitude for skilled work of any kind, I've always been fascinated and awed by those...
  11. Delthayre

    Post New Hats Here!

    I immediately placed an order for a Londoner (the cooler weather hat that I hinted at) after receiving my Milaner and was given a loose estimate of more than a year. Mr. Temkin seems to have been relatively successful, has other pursuits and does some quite laborious stitching (his Homburg edge...
  12. Delthayre

    Post New Hats Here!

    Late on Monday my Leon Drexler Milaner by Steven Temkin finally came. I've been waiting for a pretty long time. As hatters do, there was a long backlog, but besides that the particular kind of flange made to make it had to be duplicated from an antique that Mr. Temkin had acquired had to be...
  13. Delthayre

    What hat are you waiting for today?

    I'm waiting for a hat from Stephen Temkin of Leon Drexler that is quite special and that I hope will come soon. It has an 'open-roll' brim that Mr. Temkin was fortunate enough to happen upon flanges for. He made an example for his own enjoyment that, and I swear that this is so, looked like...
  14. Delthayre

    Penman Hats

    Wow. They're all lovely, but that sort of golden brown fedora in the upper left with its spectacular brim and magnificently wide binding almost took my breath away. I do seem to like imposing proportions.
  15. Delthayre

    How do folks react to your hat wearing?

    When I was in Philadelphia a week and a half ago, dolled up makeshift anachronistically as I usually am, replete with my recently acquired 'Mediterraneaner', a woman stopped me on the street and told me that she liked my, "whole look," (quotation marks might be presumptuous; it was a passing...
  16. Delthayre

    Post New Hats Here!

    Circumstances favored me as today the welterweight, wider-brimmed Leon Drexler Stroller that I was waiting for came in the mail today. The felt with a combined Angora finish and Welterweight crown, white gold silk 'galloon edge' and aqua silk ribbon. The brim is 2 1/2 inches wide, which is...
  17. Delthayre

    What hat are you waiting for today?

    I'm keenly awaiting the delivery of a new hat from Stephen Temkin at Leon Drexler. It's a modified Stroller, having his welterweight and angora finishes along with a wider brim. I intend it as a warmer weather travel hat; a counterpart to the Stroller that he made for me last fall. I'd be...
  18. Delthayre

    How do folks react to your hat wearing?

    If my parents are visiting, my mother sometimes notes that she see a lot of people looking at me because I'm wearing a hat, which I only occasionally notice myself. (I'm normally pretty oblivious) Several patrons at the local farmer's market have asked me if I work there. There are several...
  19. Delthayre

    Vintage Silhouettes Custom Hats - Official Affiliate Thread

    Yes; it came with a removable black lining, as soon below. From below. (Original size here)
  20. Delthayre

    Vintage Silhouettes Custom Hats - Official Affiliate Thread

    A few months ago I inquired to Art about the featherweight bodies that he had in stock. He had the color that I was looking for, dark moss, so I asked him to make a fedora in that, leaving the details to him. I've ordered enough from Vintage Silhouettes that I figured that he would come up...

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