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Berets, Anyone?

quikrick

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Spanish beret from Boinas de la Encartada de Balmaseda. A very fine beret.
I bought this from fellow boinero @Babbo Philipe
 

Daan

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This week saw the launch of a new line of berets.
The new Boneteria Aotearoa 'Bique-les' beret line is inspired by the illustrious Spanish Basque beret manufacturer La Encartada (Balmaseda, 1892 - 1992).
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The La Encartada factory in Balmaseda (Bizkaia, Basque Country) was one of the largest beret manufacturers ever, established in 1892 and continued production until it's closure a century later, in 1992.
Founder Marcos Arena Bermejillo was the typical “Indian” (a man who made his fortune in the New World and returned to Spain). He returned from Mexico to his hometown of Balmaseda and decided to invest his money in a beret factory.
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It turned out to be not only a profitable enterprise, but also a progressive labour experiment, taking well care of the workers - which was far from customary in those days.
La Encartada was a comprehensive factory, generating its own (hydro)energy, fully controlled production, had auxiliary workshops to repair and manufacture spare parts, a cardboard and packaging workshop, vehicles for transport, etc.
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The new Bique-les line of berets are top quality, heavy duty Basque berets in classic black and dark navy, made of 100% fine Australian merino wool. The berets are fitted with a solid cotton lining and carry the woven Bique-les label.
The goat as a symbol of resilience and determination is as old as humanity, in cultures the world over, and is an apt image of what these berets stand for.
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The Bique-les range of berets are all 'universels', one-size models that stretch and adjust to the individual wearer's head size and shape.
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The diameters range from the very small ∼25cm model, to the large Plato Grande/Chasseur in ∼33cm and more in between.
 

Fern

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Hi guys! Thought I’d stop by and see how the aficionados are doing and what/where everyone is rockin their boinas. Hope everyone is doing well and healthy!

A few weeks ago I was in NY to accompany my niece to her university welcome reception, and chose to wear one of my Encartada 11”.

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Daan

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The new SPECIAL this week is one of the best sold berets ever at South Pacific Berets: the tartan lined, Czech made, Rádiovka (or Fidel model). It is the smallest diameter beret (at 24cm diameter) we stock and a personal favourite.
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Available in (stretchable) sizes 56 - 60. An absolute treat!
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Available in Black (with leather headband), Bordeaux, Winter-Green and Deep-Blue - on special from $38.50 @ $25.00
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Daan

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The First Nation Australia Limited Edition is a series of top quality foulard berets handmade by La Manufacture de Bérets in Orthez (Béarn).
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All models are universels in 100% French merino wool from Arles; available in Black, French Khaki and the natural Merino d’Arles (in the darkest undyed/untreated merino wool) in four different plateaus from 10p/28cm to 12p Alpin/33.6cm.
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The berets are lined with a solid cotton lining depicting artwork by four Aboriginal Australian artists; the patterns are random per beret.
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The artists:
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Gathering by the Creek by Janet Long Nakamarra (L) and Anna Pitjara (R)
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Bush Tucker by June Smith (L) and Possum Land and Water Dreaming (R) has been designed by Heather Kennedy
 

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Daan

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A close relative of the beret: the tam o' shanter (in the British military often abbreviated to ToS) or "tammie" is a name given to the traditional Scottish bonnet worn by men. The name derives from Tam o' Shanter, the eponymous hero of the 1790 Robert Burns poem.
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The tam o' shanter is a flat bonnet, originally made of wool hand-knitted in one piece, stretched on a wooden disc to give the distinctive flat shape.
The earliest forms of these caps, known as a blue bonnet, were made by bonnet-makers in Scotland. By 1599 five bonnet-makers' guilds had formed in cities around the country: Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Perth, Stirling and Glasgow. At the end of the 16th century, it was said that the Scottish caps were the normal fashion of men and servants, and they remained so throughout the 17th century.
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In WWI, a khaki Balmoral bonnet was introduced in 1915 for wear in the trenches by Scottish infantry serving on the Western Front. This came to be known as the "bonnet, tam o' shanter", later abbreviated among military personnel to "ToS". It replaced the Glengarry – which was the regulation bonnet worn by Scottish troops with khaki field dress at the start of the war. Originally knitted, the military tam o' shanter subsequently came to be constructed from separate pieces of khaki serge cloth.
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The Scottish Balmoral is sometimes simply described as synonymous with the tam o' shanter.
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South Pacific Berets stocks a range of Australian handmade tam o’ shanters in natural wool.
 

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