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Discussion in 'Hats' started by NonEntity, Jan 26, 2008.
I actually really like wearing my cotton based beréts in the summer. I have been in some pretty hot situations and I find the unlined cotton berét to offer shade (based on shaping it ) and an overall cooling effect. My favorite is the less expensive Espinosa berét below. I bought both from our magnificent purveyor of beréts Daan.
I also enjoy Daan's cotton berets.
RJR, I love that berét. I need to get myself one of those. Absolutely love that design.
You won't be sorry,I have a couple of them.
Nice to read all these positive entries on cotton berets. Actually, I can't wait to get mine on again, but on this extremely wet day with gale force winds here in Wellington, I may stick to my Auloronesa for the time being (like last weekend, when meeting this kekeno seal pup on the beach).
Alas, for those who find an Auloronesa or Super Lujo a bit too steep in price, there is now the Chirola 11p/31cm model - a remake for South Pacific Berets of the 1950's large worker's beret in pure merino wool with the traditional old label reinstated. This beret, sizes 55-62, priced at $47.50, is probably the best value for money one get get in this range.
The Chirola is a label that scores high on the "un-pretentiousness scale". Literally chirola means "worthless money" in Argentine slang, or a coin of 20 centavos. Here it stands for practicality, durability and quality - heavy duty great berets with a beautiful old-time label at a small price.
And, since talking about good deals: the new weekly SPECIAL is a Classic Combo from $79.00 @ only $50.00!
Interesting news, I hope, for beret collectors and boineros with a liking for small diameter berets: at the One-Off-Page are presently four vintage berets listed, all French made in the 1940s and 50s.
These berets are fitted with the traditional bayadère multi-coloured lining, so typical for that era. The berets are in excellent used condition, considering being some 70-80 years old; one is fitted with a leather band size 57, the other three have been modified into universel 0ne-size models (that would fit up to size 61).
The Beret Basque Pyreneas and Cambo model show the reverse cabillou, the very beginning of the one thread that creates a beret - the cabillou at the center of the beret being the other end.
My new BA in denim along with my BA collection.
I found this photo on picclick and it is clearly an Auloresa but it is not on the factory site or at south pacfic berets. If any of you gentleman has any idea in which direction to direct me, please do. One beret I simply need to have!
It is on the SPB site;Foulards Cote.Nice,you'll not be sorry.
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Just took reciept of a new Elosegui beret. My question for those that have one - does it come in a sealed plastic bag, just a plastic bag, or no bag? Mine's the super lujo. Thanks.
I have several and depending on the source I've experienced all of the foregoing.
On SPECIAL this week, Pakols @ $29.95!
Made of 100% wool in Afghanistan and Pakistan from camel or sheep wool, the pakol (also spelled pakul or pakoul) is commonly worn by people in Afghanistan, the North West Frontier of Pakistan and other areas of Pakistan such as Gilgit and Hunza. It is also worn in parts of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan; in India, it is most popular in the Indian states of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.
The Pakol is a soft, round-topped Afghan men's hat, although outside Central Asia, the pakol has become popular as a fashionable hat with women as well.
Before it is fitted, the pakol resembles a bag with a round, flat bottom. The wearer rolls up the sides nearly to the top, forming a thick band, which then rests on the head like the beret or a cap. Watch (parts of) this 26 minute video, showing in detail how the pakol is made.
The best known pakol wearer was the Afghan rebel Commander Ahmad Shah Masood who fought the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan (1979–1989).
It keeps your head warm, wears comfortably and shapes easily to you head.
On Special for one week only in a limited supply from $37.50 @ $29.95!
Last weekend I was at the Museum of Fine Art in Boston and I saw this self-portrait of French Impressionist Paul Cézanne. I wonder who made his béret?
Painter, author, poet, photographer, film maker, singer and guitarist Billy Childish is one of today’s foremost and prolific artists and, following a long tradition in the arts, Billy’s choice of headgear is typically the Basque beret, as evidenced in many of his paintings, woodcut prints and at live performances.
I have long admired Childish’s work and am incredibly proud to have teamed up with Billy to create a line of beautiful Fear Naught Berets for Worker, Artist & Artisan.
These mid-weight berets come in four earthy colours: raven; indigo; moss and russet, fitted with the Chyldish – Fear Naught woven label and a traditional British beret lining in pure cotton.
These berets are made in a limited edition at 90 berets per colour in three diameters: 27, 30 and the 31.5cm Super Foulard. Each beret comes with a numbered certificate at $54.50 - 57.50.
Much more information on Billy Childish can be found here; original artworks can be seen and bought here.
I'm a numbers guy... berets are nice to measure!
I have a few Boina Elosegui. My 13 inch Super Lujo is very much the same diameter as the Chasseur Alpin Original. The Super Lujo's wool is certainly plenty substantial, but the Chasseur Alpin takes it up a notch. I got out a scale: the Super Lujo weighs 5.1 ounces, the Chasseur Alpin weight 6.8 ounces.
Berets in French fine art.
At the Bordeaux Museum of Fine Art is a painting by
Rosa Bonheur from the late 1800's.
The painting is called "Treading the Wheat in Camargue", which is near the Castle Fontainebleau.
The painting shows a horseman with what looks to me like a beret.
Terrific find! I wish they were still making their hats here in the UK. Can I ask an off-topic question? Where did you get the black sweater?