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M Hatman

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I guess I don’t understand folks who wear a hat like they are wearing a teacup.

Not at all sure what they do on a windy day.
Movie/TV magic........Allan Hale Senior was also shown on screen wearing hats that were both too small, and worn in such a way they would not stay on your head walking let alone out in a breeze..........don't want to cover the face even a little from the camera.
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Here he is in a hat that actually fits.....note the proper crown proportions.
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jeff

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Does anyone know anything about Breyer hats of Chicago?

I bought this deep navy blue hat off the bay a few weeks back, planning on remaking as a pork pie for my brother, with a contrasting ribbon.

It’s rather gaudy In its current configuration with a gold buckle (ugh), so I’m guessing it’s newer, maybe 70s?, rather than older hat but I want to make sure I’m not destroying something of value before I take it apart.

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Does anyone know anything about Breyer hats of Chicago?

I bought this deep navy blue hat off the bay a few weeks back, planning on remaking as a pork pie for my brother, with a contrasting ribbon.

It’s rather gaudy In its current configuration with a gold buckle (ugh), so I’m guessing it’s newer, maybe 70s?, rather than older hat but I want to make sure I’m not destroying something of value before I take it apart.
Unless someone out there is looking for that exact hat I doubt you'll get any negative feedback. Besides, you bought it, it's yours, do with it what you will.
 

jeff

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Unless someone out there is looking for that exact hat I doubt you'll get any negative feedback. Besides, you bought it, it's yours, do with it what you will.

True, true. I'm more looking for info for myself: *I* don't want to destroy a rare 1930's hat!

Pretty sure that's not what I have here, but since I've never heard of this particular hatter, I was wondering if anyone else had.
 

Killick

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Does anyone know about a hat company called Yale Co-Op? They are no longer in business. I can't find anything online. I thought the collective here may know. I will post pictures shortly of the specific hat a friend of mine has from her boyfriends grandfather.
 

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dkstott

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FedoraRedHat

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Anyone have experience with Lite Felt (wool) hats? JJ Hat Center has brought back a hat from New York Hat Co. called The Atlantic. It's advertised as water-resistant, so I was thinking of using one as a hat for rainy days. However, from my experience, wool felt gets ruined in the rain.

It's got a welted edge, so it's similar in design to the Stetson Saxon. I spoke to someone at JJ's, and he said that the felt should actually be softer(?) than the Stetson Royal brand. I'm trying to decide whether to test that theory.

Here's a picture:

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jlee562

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Royal is Stetson's lowest fur felt quality grade, that a hat is softer than that is not particularly impressive. Moreover, I would imagine the salesperson is talking about the crushability of the hat, rather than the hand of the felt. I would be extremely surprised if a wool felt was finished smoother than a fur felt.

I would not bet on a wool felt in the rain.
 

FedoraRedHat

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Royal is Stetson's lowest fur felt quality grade, that a hat is softer than that is not particularly impressive. Moreover, I would imagine the salesperson is talking about the crushability of the hat, rather than the hand of the felt. I would be extremely surprised if a wool felt was finished smoother than a fur felt.

I would not bet on a wool felt in the rain.
Yep. I figured as much. Considering I only wear Stetson Royal Deluxe and Borsalinos, this would be a considerable downgrade. I do have one rain hat, but it's made of cotton and doesn't really have the same aesthetic as a felt hat.
 

Who?

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I don’t own a fur felt hat that I haven’t worn in the rain, but mine are not vintage hats.

From what I remember, it rained in the 30s and 40s, and men wore their hats.

Perhaps there is something I’m missing here.

(edited to add the word “fur” before the word “felt” in the first sentence, to preclude misunderstanding)
 
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The Shoe

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I hereby second the motion.
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Anyone have experience with Lite Felt (wool) hats? JJ Hat Center has brought back a hat from New York Hat Co. called The Atlantic. It's advertised as water-resistant, so I was thinking of using one as a hat for rainy days. However, from my experience, wool felt gets ruined in the rain.

It's got a welted edge, so it's similar in design to the Stetson Saxon. I spoke to someone at JJ's, and he said that the felt should actually be softer(?) than the Stetson Royal brand. I'm trying to decide whether to test that theory.

Here's a picture:

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Buy an Akubra as your rain hat...wear the hell out of it
I third the Akubra notion.
At the very beginning of my hat wearing adventures, I had a Bailey Litefelt and a New York Hat Co one.
I got rid of them fairly quickly after discovering fur felt. If you are used to wearing nice hats, I just don’t think you will enjoy wearing one of these.
 

Bill Hughes

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Anyone have experience with Lite Felt (wool) hats? JJ Hat Center has brought back a hat from New York Hat Co. called The Atlantic. It's advertised as water-resistant, so I was thinking of using one as a hat for rainy days. However, from my experience, wool felt gets ruined in the rain.

It's got a welted edge, so it's similar in design to the Stetson Saxon. I spoke to someone at JJ's, and he said that the felt should actually be softer(?) than the Stetson Royal brand. I'm trying to decide whether to test that theory.

Here's a picture:

litefelt-atlantic-brown.jpg
I don’t hesitate to wear any of my vintage felts in the rain.
 
I haven’t counted but I must have two dozen pugs. I swap them out on a couple of different vintage straws as needed. Right now I have them draped over a thick plastic clothes hanger. Anybody have a better way of storage for pug hat bands?

Maybe a vintage necklace display stand:

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Or rolled up in a vintage necktie box"

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