Ask a question, get an answer

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

  1. Ken David

    Ken David One of the Regulars

    Messages:
    261
    Location:
    North Carolina
    That is exactly my thoughts....I guess that is the risk of buying vintage. Regardless new sweat in order.
     
  2. OldStrummer

    OldStrummer Practically Family

    Messages:
    514
    Location:
    Ashburn, Virginia USA
    New question, probably been asked before but my searches have been futile: Are there any hat brands to avoid?

    I'm looking to start building my collection. My tastes run to the Trilby-style. My first order is a Bailey. Sterkowski, Jaxon, Goorin and Stacy Adams all have models that interest me.
     
  3. belfastboy

    belfastboy I'll Lock Up

    Messages:
    4,685
    Location:
    vancouver, canada
    I have not purchased a Goorin fedora, only looked, and they don't strike me as good value. My judgemental opinion is that Jaxon, and S Adams are more fashion throwaway hats than good felt keepers. No opinion on Sterk and Jaxon.

    Depending on your size Ebay/Etsy is a great source for both vintage and lightly used contemporary trilby style hats. It is the wider brims that command the higher pricing and with many makes/models the trilby style (2" or less on the brim) sells cheaply. I have a few narrower brimmed hats that I picked up on theBay in the $50 to $100 rangeand they are great hats. If you enjoy the hunt it is fun too. Knowing what you want and what looks good on you is a great start.
     
    LuvMyMan, Zombie_61 and Bamaboots like this.
  4. Bob Roberts

    Bob Roberts I'll Lock Up

    Messages:
    11,203
    Location:
    milford ct
    Jaxon fur felt porker from Village Hats. $80. Very decent. 20170418_124100-1.jpg
     
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2017
    DOGMAN, scottyrocks, hatsRme and 5 others like this.
  5. OldStrummer

    OldStrummer Practically Family

    Messages:
    514
    Location:
    Ashburn, Virginia USA
    That's the ticket!

    I've got this one on my watchlist. Only in black, but I guess every man needs a black hat. By the way, what's with all the Navy Blue hats?
     
    Bob Roberts likes this.
  6. Bob Roberts

    Bob Roberts I'll Lock Up

    Messages:
    11,203
    Location:
    milford ct
    Maybe cuz they're nice...?
     
  7. OldStrummer

    OldStrummer Practically Family

    Messages:
    514
    Location:
    Ashburn, Virginia USA
    Well, OK.

    I'm an old-school kind of guy. I believe in coordinating my attire. I debated using "Brown Shoes with Blue Suits? NEVER!" on my signature line. :) So I'm trying to figure out what I'd wear one with. Not my brown leather bomber. Maybe with my black leather...

    That's why I chose Loden Green for my first fedora! o_O
     
    Redfokker, Zombie_61 and Bob Roberts like this.
  8. I think navy blue can look well over brown.
     
    DOGMAN, scottyrocks, hatsRme and 6 others like this.
  9. belfastboy

    belfastboy I'll Lock Up

    Messages:
    4,685
    Location:
    vancouver, canada
    I think that is a good looking hat and you sure cannot beat the price. The shipping cost from Europe is great...usually for me it is so high and becomes a deal breaker. Coming from Poland they may use Tonak felts from Czech Republic and I really like their felts.
     
  10. OldStrummer

    OldStrummer Practically Family

    Messages:
    514
    Location:
    Ashburn, Virginia USA
    With typical newbie enthusiasm, I went shopping after work today. There are some department stores (Lord & Taylor, Macy's, JC Penney) nearby, so I went to see if any had hats I could try on. Yes, they did, although the selection was pitiful. Lord & Taylor had a fairly nice looking Bailey, but even with 30% off, I didn't think it was worth $52. No lining, plain headband, and apparently "crushable." No, I want a better quality hat. Size large (7-1/4 - 7-3/8) seemed to fit, but a little loosely. Macy's had more sizes and selections, but also smacked of cosplay or something -- not serious hats. The brand was Floyd, and I tried both mediums and larges. Both were "almost-fits," but I felt the the large would be more comfortable over the long run.

    The best thing I managed to was borrow a tape measure from the inattentive sales guy and measure my head. As best as I could figure (I could only measure once -- I know several measures are needed to get a better fit), I measure in at 58cm. That translates roughly to 7-1/4 (I guess the baseball hat I have that measures 58.7cm is pretty right on).

    So I took the plunge and ordered the Sterkowski. They offer a thirty-day money-back guarantee, and I confirmed that they have a 57cm model should I want to change sizes. It's going to take up to three weeks to arrive, so I'll get comfortable -- I hope -- with my first fedora, which should be arriving in a day or two. I'm jazzed!
     
  11. Bob Roberts

    Bob Roberts I'll Lock Up

    Messages:
    11,203
    Location:
    milford ct
    You and abt 100 gazillion other people as well.
     
    Bamaboots, KarlCrow and Redfokker like this.
  12. Is that against one of your rules Bob?
     
    hatsRme and Bob Roberts like this.
  13. Bob Roberts

    Bob Roberts I'll Lock Up

    Messages:
    11,203
    Location:
    milford ct
    No. Lol. Not at all. I like navy and brown as does half the world. It's a xtremely popular color combo.
     
  14. hatsRme

    hatsRme I'll Lock Up

    Messages:
    9,843
    Location:
    Boston area
    Rightyouare, Bobster! And, @KarlCrow... It's amusing to me, though, how folks get an idea in their head(s) about something like that, and can't see beyond the belief. I won't even argue.
     
    DOGMAN, Redfokker, Bamaboots and 2 others like this.
  15. Newbie here!

    IMG_4412.JPG
     
  16. Redfokker

    Redfokker

    Messages:
    12,138
    Location:
    Albany Oregon
  17. Antinomy

    Antinomy New in Town

    Messages:
    44
    Dear friends!
    I have an opportunity to buy singer 29k sewing machine for low price. Is it good for sweatband stitching or not?
     
  18. Doc Glockster

    Doc Glockster One of the Regulars

    Messages:
    199
    Location:
    the ranch
    I know it's bad to leave a felt or fur hat in the hot car in the summertime, but what about in the fall when the inside temperature of the car might be 40-60 degrees?

    We are going to do some outdoor activities out of town in the next few days, and then go to dinner. Can I leave my Akubra in the car while we are at dinner?
     
  19. Bamaboots

    Bamaboots I'll Lock Up

    Messages:
    9,400
    Location:
    Alabama
    Shouldn't be a problem. Just avoid direct sunlight.
     
    Zombie_61 likes this.
  20. Doc Glockster

    Doc Glockster One of the Regulars

    Messages:
    199
    Location:
    the ranch
    Got another question: Our house has a master bathroom with two walk-in closets. The closets have doors which I keep shut.

    I've started storing my Akubras in one of the walk-in closets in the master bathroom. I store the hats in hat boxes that support the brim and I have a hat jack in each one. To repeat: the closet door stays shut, especially when someone showers.

    Should I be worried about long-term damage or changes to the hats due to the humidity from the shower over time? Or is it okay as long as the door is kept closed? I'm afraid I'm not in the habit of using the bathroom exhaust fan while showering; I just never think of it.

    Should I move my hats to a hall closet perhaps?
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.