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So I’ve found the perfect hat that I feel comfortable wearing around town without feeling too self conscious about. The thing is it is a straw hat. The tag says “Sunbody”. Seems not too “western” and not too “dressy”. It might be nice to find one with a similar shape/size in fur felt that could be worn everyday. I do have a 50s 3x that I also like but is quite heavy and feels too nice for everyday wearing.

Curious if anyone has brand/style/ maker suggestions. I really appreciate the knowledge and expertise here. Thanks!


SunBody hats are not known as light weights: I’d be surprised if your 1950s 3X was heavier unless it’s a large western hat.

I love custom hats and working with various hatters, but if I’m honest the best vintage hats are better than my custom hats…although I have some that are close. If you wear a vintage friendly size you should check out the used hat market.

For custom fedora makers, I’d say Wolfbrae is hard to beat and if your budget will stretch I’d look hard at Gannon too. Of course, there are many custom hatters making great hats. After a three year break I’m trying Agnoulita again. He claims his build quality and materials have gone up a lot and if so they are a bargain with 100% beaver hats at $288 with free shipping. We’ll see.
 
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If you can stand another 1/4" on the brim I would look at an Akubra Campdraft. It could easily be creased like this and is one of the better bargains for a fur-felt hat. Especially if it is your first new one. The vintage market probably has many, many hats that would fit this bill as well, but you would have to dig.


Great choice recommending an Akubra. The Campdraft is just about the perfect hat. I wish it had another 1/2” of crown, but that’s being pretty picky.
 

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Great choice recommending an Akubra. The Campdraft is just about the perfect hat. I wish it had another 1/2” of crown, but that’s being pretty picky.
Currently $160 from David Morgan, and all sizes, but the only color he has is black. You might want to think about ordering from Australia, if you don’t want black.

Folks here can advise on who are the better sellers in Australia.
 

oble

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If you can stand another 1/4" on the brim I would look at an Akubra Campdraft. It could easily be creased like this and is one of the better bargains for a fur-felt hat. Especially if it is your first new one. The vintage market probably has many, many hats that would fit this bill as well, but you would have to dig.
Great suggestion! Thank you. I will look into them.
SunBody hats are not known as light weights: I’d be surprised if your 1950s 3X was heavier unless it’s a large western hat.

I love custom hats and working with various hatters, but if I’m honest the best vintage hats are better than my custom hats…although I have some that are close. If you wear a vintage friendly size you should check out the used hat market.

For custom fedora makers, I’d say Wolfbrae is hard to beat and if your budget will stretch I’d look hard at Gannon too. Of course, there are many custom hatters making great hats. After a three year break I’m trying Agnoulita again. He claims his build quality and materials have gone up a lot and if so they are a bargain with 100% beaver hats at $288 with free shipping. We’ll see.
That’s funny, I just weighed both hats and they are exactly the same weight. Not sure why I though the Stetson was heavier.

Thank you for your honest insight on custom vs vintage. I do really like Stetson. Just want to be able to find something with the dimensions that I like. I better start searching.
 

johnnycanuck

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Thank you for the thoughtful answer. Ive always liked how fedoras look and enjoy wearing them but as I live in rural New England finding something that is not too much of a dress hat has been the challenge.

I’ve been wearing this straw hat pretty comfortably now for a while and feel that it fits that bill.

I like the suggestion of reaching out to custom hat makers. Thank you for this th
That is Sunbody version of the Stetson “Open Road”. Stetson does still make that model but it comes pre-creased in a cattleman’s style. To get the look you are going for your two best options are the Akubra campdraft. It comes open crown so you can style it how you like. With shipping is roughly $200 Canadian.
https://everythingaustralian.com.au/row/campdraft-hat.html
https://hatsdirect.com/collections/akubra-open-crown/products/campdraft-open-crownhttps://www.thefedoralounge.com/threads/akubra-campdraft.32716/

Or go custom and you will get exactly what you want fully customizable. Usually $300 and up depending where you get it from.

Johnny
 

belfastboy

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Great suggestion! Thank you. I will look into them.

That’s funny, I just weighed both hats and they are exactly the same weight. Not sure why I though the Stetson was heavier.

Thank you for your honest insight on custom vs vintage. I do really like Stetson. Just want to be able to find something with the dimensions that I like. I better start searching.
Check out MiamiBruno on Ebay. He usually has very nice vintage hats for sale ....good quality, full disclosure on condition, at fair prices. He is a quality seller and has great hats in the dimensions you desire. It just depends on your size.
 

belfastboy

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Great suggestion! Thank you. I will look into them.

That’s funny, I just weighed both hats and they are exactly the same weight. Not sure why I though the Stetson was heavier.

Thank you for your honest insight on custom vs vintage. I do really like Stetson. Just want to be able to find something with the dimensions that I like. I better start searching.
I am a custom hat maker. My pricing for a European rabbit felt hat using all best quality components is still $250US. Beaver is $325. But I think buying an Akubra to begin with is a great idea. They represent great value in hats. It is a lower cost way to help you discern what works best for you.
 

eli hogue

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Looking for any info on this hat. The brand? The quality? Can't find anything online. Thank you in advance for any and all info, comment and feedback.
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