Help With Custom Hat Order

Discussion in 'Hats' started by jcmjrt, May 29, 2011.

  1. Coastguard

    Coastguard New in Town

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    I find the "style" that some ppl have for clothes and shoes rather intriguing. I love it but would find it difficult to wear spaded shoes with current wardrobe.
     
  2. Banky

    Banky One of the Regulars

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    I think there are quite a few of us that started with stingies and moved up from there. It's not a bad place to start. For me personally, I don't like them anymore because they're not unique. stingy brim hats are a dime a dozen and the style has been absolutely bastardized (read: Hipsterized) by companies like Goorin Bros and pretty much any mass market hat maker out there. For what it's worth, I own absolutely zero black hats. They put off too much of a Amish or jewish vibe for me, regardless of styling. (Not that there is anything at all wrong with being either Amish or Jewish, I just am not).
     
  3. Coastguard

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    I'm not trying to bring back the 20s I just want a very nice and stylish hat that I and others find attractive.
     
  4. Coastguard

    Coastguard New in Town

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    So at what size is considered stingy?
     
  5. Banky

    Banky One of the Regulars

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    Dont take anything any of us say as the word of god or anything. You gotta understand with a forum like this we all tend to fall into the same mindset. wear what you like and rock the hell out of it. wearing a hat is better than not wearing one! To answer your question I think most of us consider anything under 2 1/2 stingy but in reality it's more anything 2in and below.
     
  6. As stated, we are fans of hats from the Golden Age & stingies were after that.
    We also get hats custom made because factory hat makers don't make them in those dimensions anymore.
    We tried but they just wouldn't do it because our numbers are not enough to justify it = search on discussions about Stetson Nostalgia
    There are a few here with custom made stingies but with the availability of those on the market, seems a major splurge.
    You asked us, so you get our preferences which are slanted heavily to our sort of common "likes".
     
    Last edited: May 22, 2013
  7. jlee562

    jlee562 I'll Lock Up

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    If youre going woth black, I strongly suggest a contrasting ribbon treatment.

    I like stingies, but I would go for 2 1/8" brim, it might not seem like a big difference, but I find it to be a good length
     
  8. 1961MJS

    1961MJS My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Hi

    Since one of your friends is making this hat, I strongly suggest that you have the brim made originally to 2 3/4 inch with a 5 3/4 to 6 inch crown. I really think 5 3/4 though since someone mentioned you have a smaller hat size.

    A teardrop crease will take up more crown space than a center dent (Indy Jones), so if you need a little more room you can re-block to a center dent.

    If you start with a large brim, you can cut a little off at a time until you like it. This DOES assume you're in the store with him though. If that's not the case, then my nefarious plan won't work.

    Later
     
  9. jlee562

    jlee562 I'll Lock Up

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    By the by, here's two photos of two of my custom hats. The difference in both the brim width and crown height is 1/8".
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    The Dillinger, by Optimo Hats, 5 3/8" open crown height, 2" brim. Center dent with front pinch.
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    Recreation of a Stetson Playboy by Art Fawcett of Vintage Silhouettes. 5 1/2" open crown height, 2 1/8" brim. Diamond crease, front pinch.

    You can see the difference that 1/8" makes. Also, the width of the ribbon can effect the perception of height as well.
     
  10. BigDude

    BigDude New in Town

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    Take a look at a vintage Stetson Gun Club deluxe - it might be exactly you are looking for. It has a stingybrim - 2", nice crown shape and looks pretty cool.
     
  11. wine65

    wine65 One of the Regulars

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    I have hats with brims between 2 1/8 and 3 (too wide) all look good but just give a more casual or formal look. For me a good all around hat has a brim width of 2 3/8 - 2 1/2. I started shorter and have gravitated a little wider. Try on some different sized hats and see what works for you, but no worries a little variety is good and you'll get the bug like all the rest of us.
     
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  12. Coastguard

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    Well I went with a 2 1/8 brim and 5 1/4" height with year drop and center pinches. The back will be bent up with front at slight angle down.
     
  13. Coastguard

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    Here are a few pics of me and my buddy with him making my hat. I was messing around with some of his stock shelf hats and took a pic of me with one of them.
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  14. DJH

    DJH I'll Lock Up

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    Nice photos, Coastguard. Living in Texas, you should grab the Panama too!
     
  15. Coastguard

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    I don't live here I'm just visiting family before I head to Oregon.
     
  16. Coastguard

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    Today's the finishing day and I get to pic my first fedora up. I'm excited to say the least, going to out dinner with wife and friends and will be sporting it the entire time! Lol
     
  17. 99999

    99999 New in Town

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    Need help getting a nice hat

    Had ordered an AdventureBuilt from Mr. Delk a few weeks ago but he has gone dark on me and wont respond with any status updates. I am hopeful that he will come through, but as I am leaving for a big adventure in Africa in 3 weeks, I want to make sure I get something I can take with me for that trip. I also considered a Brent Black Safari Fedora, but I don't think I can get any custom made ones in 3 weeks. Can any of you recommend a great outdoor/safari/fedora that I can get shipped to me in 3 weeks or less? the cost doesn't matter that much.
     
  18. jlee562

    jlee562 I'll Lock Up

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    An Akubra from David Morgan or Hats Direct. Plenty tough, they're made for the Australian outback. If you want a Panama straw, see Panama Bob at panamas.biz. An off the rack option might be a poly straw or shangtung hat, such as the Stetson Stratoliner, or Open Road.
     
  19. Rogera

    Rogera My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    If you're looking for a tough felt hat I suggest looking at the Akubras at Hats Direct or Everything Australian. The custom hatters I have done business with are usually more than three weeks behind but that may not be universal. If you are looking for an Indy style hat to take with you Hats Direct sells the Federation IV which is very popular. You will have to crease it yourself but the Akubras have a very good reputation for being tough.

    Edit: Sorry Jared you posted when I was typing :D. I think I just repeated you!
     
  20. 99999

    99999 New in Town

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    I am very interested in the David Morgan Stylemaster, thanks for the advice. I'll take any other suggestions as well. going to be at the equator, so pretty hot, will need a hat just about the entire time.
     

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