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Discussion in 'Hats' started by Lefty, Sep 2, 2009.

  1. Michael R.

    Michael R. Call Me a Cab

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    I would go to the "What Hat are You Wearing Today" Thread and look , and study to see what appeals to you . That's a Good Way to start , then if there's a Hat Shop close go try on a LOT of Hats . If Not , there are great threads to venders , Hatters , and info on on line Hat Retailers . It all boils down to what you like , then what you feel comfortable wearing . A Hat can look great on you , but you may think the crown is too high , or too low , brim too wide , or too narrow . Or the color looks bad on you (though it may look Great) .

    WELCOME to The Lounge !
     
  2. RJR

    RJR

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    Second the welcome mageofthesands,good suggestions from Michael.Do be aware that your taste/comfort level will evolve over time.
     
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  3. mageofthesands

    mageofthesands New in Town

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    Thanks. I just don't know where to start. For most things, I can read reviews online on blogs, get recommendations, expert advice, etc. Hats? A whole lot of sales list at department stores. The fact that my head size seems off is one thing I am concerned about. First time I measured, I was 22 3/8 inch, now 21 1/4 inch. And the caps I have been wearing are usually on larger notches or strapped. I felt that after trying on the hats at K-Mart, I was a solid "Large", but maybe that's because it's just a bad hat.

    I was originally looking at a wool/polyester Dorfman Pacific fedora as it was on sale, looked okay, and survived this guy's treatment. Now I'm looking at Jaxon Hats straw hat from VillageHatShop. All I know is that DP is a wholesaler, and nothing about Jaxon.
     
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  4. Frunobulax

    Frunobulax

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    And your pocketbook will devolve...
     
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  5. Xylophile

    Xylophile One of the Regulars

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    I looked and looked and looked online, then found a wool felt hat that looked good to me and had my wife and daughters ok it for me. While I was waiting for to it arrive I found this forum and began to see there was a lot I was missing. I ended up getting an Akubra country club synthetic straw which has been very good, now I have my first fur felt hat being a BGCD that I waited for from everything australian, and I've always wanted a Fed IV in heritage fawn because I love that color. I'll get it when it cools off in the fall. And I see the attraction of a custom hat as I have an oval head and getting a hat to fit takes a little doing.
    So I've gone to an ok wool felt with cloth sweat to a straw and fur felt with leather sweats. I think you'll have more fun with a fur felt hat of good quality. If you're like me you'll learn all about hatting, etc. and have a good time with the whole thing.
     
  6. mageofthesands

    mageofthesands New in Town

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    I noticed a lot of talk of Akubra. Is this site based in Australia?

    They are nice looking hats, but not really affordable for me, especially after shipping.

    What is a BGCD?
     
  7. Michael R.

    Michael R. Call Me a Cab

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    No , Akubra Hats are , and thats Blue Grass Green Camp Draft < Akubra !
     
  8. moontheloon

    moontheloon I'll Lock Up

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    Bluegrass Green Campdraft

    and if an Akubra is not affordable for you then unfortunately you may not be dealing with any hats of quality
     
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  9. FilthyHillbilly

    FilthyHillbilly New in Town

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    I ordered a Cattleman from Hats by the 100 in Australia. Anyone dealt with them and if so, what is ship time to U.S.? Been 14 days and counting...
     
  10. Michael R.

    Michael R. Call Me a Cab

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    I ordered from Hats Direct the first time from Australia , they shipped it out that day , took about 10 days . I got a tracking number and notice of shipment . But it depends if its an in-stock color (can take up to 3 months to ship if not) , then the AU mail , Customs , USPS . Never know . Have you receiving shipping conformation ?
     
  11. Mageofthesands, it's been a couple of yrs since I did any work in Omaha, NE to be there but there is/was a store in the Old Market (Cumberland Outfitters, Outback Outfitters maybe?) that specializes mainly in oilskin hats & coats. They carried Akubra & down. I doubt they had any straws. Most of their hats will probably be wider brim bushman styled stuff. It might be a good place to start at least to try on some hats & pin down your size.
     
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  12. mageofthesands

    mageofthesands New in Town

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    That would appear to be Overland. Thanks! I'll try to drop by there next time I'm in town.
     
  13. You should be able to get an accurate measurement of your cranium by using a cloth measuring tape.

    Overland is probably it because now that I think about it they sold a lot of sheepskin also.
     
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  14. bombin

    bombin Familiar Face

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    I have acquired a Lock Homburg in which the hat band has become partially detached and the lining has also become partially detached. Is this something I can repair myself?
     
  15. JackieMatra

    JackieMatra A-List Customer

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    Hats by the 100 is the same retailer as Australian Gear, who I have purchased items from on several occasions.
    They always sent me tracking information and my purchases always arrived within a week.
     
  16. JackieMatra

    JackieMatra A-List Customer

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    Jaxon is Village Hats'/Village Hat Shop's "house" brand.
    Fair "lower-mid price range" hats, mostly not sold in exact sizes, only S, M, L, etc..
     
  17. FilthyHillbilly

    FilthyHillbilly New in Town

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    My hat arrived yesterday! 15 days to Virginia. I. Am. In. Love!!!! Already looking at the Territory and Riverina for next purchase...
     
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  18. RJR

    RJR

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    +1 same experience.
     
  19. Bob Roberts

    Bob Roberts I'll Lock Up

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    Gonna try to "buff" out some surface scratches. Any idea what to use? 200/400 grit? Is the felt supposed to b wet or dry? If so where do I get it. Any other ideas for light "scratch" removal? Thanks!
     
  20. moontheloon

    moontheloon I'll Lock Up

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    I would try a hat sponge first ... then maybe some 400 grit

    and definitely dry... for sandpaper that is
    sponge I would use some steam

    also if you've never used sandpaper on a hat before try a spot in side under the liner first to get the feel for pressure
     
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