Batsakes Hat Shop in Cincinnati

Discussion in 'Hats' started by jimmy the lid, Aug 20, 2006.

  1. Warlord of The Weejuns

    Warlord of The Weejuns New in Town

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    I agree, Gus is very nice and personable, but he doesn't sell the hats. Brusque is too kind a word. The dark haired woman that usually waits on customers is one of the coldest, unfriendliest people I have ever met. On more than one occasion she served as a test on how badly I wanted a particular hat, I don't consider it charming. Other friends have had the same experience. We think she must be a relative (wife or sister).
     
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  2. KY Crusader

    KY Crusader A-List Customer

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    I'm sorry you've had such bad experiences there. The two times I've been there I was treated well by everyone in the shop.
    Although the sales ladies did not smile a lot, and did not exactly exude charm, they were helpful when I asked for help and not in the least stand-offish. Of course, one of the first sentences that came out of my mouth the first time I visited was "I'm interested in placing a custom order."

    As for Mr. Miller: I'm delighted to have had the chance for him to make me a hat, and for having had the opportunity to listen to him chat a little about his life, his career and acquaintances, and his philosophy. And I love the shoe-shine set up there: Something I don't think I've seen since I was a tot (i.e. about a half century ago).
     
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  3. Short Balding Guy

    Short Balding Guy I'll Lock Up

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    This evening I have been visiting this thread and thinking about this business. I have not posted up my fedora on this thread before. My Gus is shown below:

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    The felt color is accurate in the above pic.

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    Best, Eric -
     
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  4. Short Balding Guy

    Short Balding Guy I'll Lock Up

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    Now that is sharp!

    Wear it proudly sir.

    Best, Eric -
     
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  5. Redfokker

    Redfokker

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    It would be worth the trip to meet Gus. I would love to prove my worthiness for a hat like this one!
     
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  6. Redfokker

    Redfokker

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    Wow! Butter!
     
  7. Michael R.

    Michael R. Call Me a Cab

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    Boy KY , that is SWEET ! Congratulations !
     
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  8. Frunobulax

    Frunobulax

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    Great hat, KY! Mr. Miller did a great job and it looks good on you.

    Eric, another surprise from you! I like that one.


    Sent directly from my mind to yours.
     
  9. KY Crusader

    KY Crusader A-List Customer

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    Eric: Your Batsakes is marvelous! Love the proportions; and the bash is superb! What is the felt color (looks like it might be bone or silvermist)? And how long ago did you have this one made?
     
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  10. KY Crusader

    KY Crusader A-List Customer

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    Thanks, Fruno. If it weren't for you, I probably would never have gotten the word about Batsakes. :)
     
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  11. KY Crusader

    KY Crusader A-List Customer

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    Thanks, Red! Yes, for me it was memorable experience.
     
  12. KY Crusader

    KY Crusader A-List Customer

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    Thanks, Michael. Means a lot to hear this from someone with such good taste as you! :cool:
     
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  13. KY Crusader

    KY Crusader A-List Customer

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    Thanks, RJ! I'm very pleased. I do love it when a plan comes together.
     
  14. RJR

    RJR

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    That is a beauty,love the bash.
     
  15. Bigger Don

    Bigger Don Practically Family

    Ok...know I'm late to the dance here. Gus made me a hat earlier this year. Here it is, along with the pics from when I picked it up. He's a gem, a credit to hatters, to Greece from whence he came (Gus Miller is what I would call a "nom de chapeau", a name easier for all the Germans in Cincinnati to use), to Cincinnati, and to his family.

    That said, I entrusted Gus to make my first bespoke this year, when I decided to join the hat tribe. It's not as tall as some would prefer, but he is an artist as well as a businessman. (He remembered @Frunobulax when I showed him a pic.) I picked the felt (steel gray), the ribbon (as red/maroon), and the bow (shark gill). WP_20160923_003.jpg WP_20161022_022.jpg
    Unfortunately when I went to pick it up, the bow was more traditional. The good news is that he was not there when I saw that, which means I got one more opportunity to talk with him when I picked it up on Saturday.
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    Now for some pics of the homecoming celebration!
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    Liner.jpg Made for Me.jpg Shark Gill.jpg
     
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2016
  16. Frunobulax

    Frunobulax

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    I need to go back down and see Mr. Miller. Haven't shot the breeze with him since summer.
     
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  17. Bigger Don

    Bigger Don Practically Family

    I've been having the same thoughts. Having noticed a number of less active FL members who are also Batsakes wearers, was wondering if lunch on the square should be one of the stops for such a trip. It'll be like a "protest of love"!
     
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  18. moontheloon

    moontheloon I'll Lock Up

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    nice piece Don
    looks damn good on you as well
    that is a treasure that will one day be irreplaceable
     
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  19. Bigger Don

    Bigger Don Practically Family

    I take that as a high compliment!
     
  20. jackm

    jackm One of the Regulars

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    I visited the store 5 or 6 years ago knowing nothing about felt fedoras. Before I even knew the lay of the land in the store I was driven out by I'm sure that same woman. While it may have saved me countless $ I now know the missed opportunity to meet Mr Miller is something I regret. Live and learn as they say.
     

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