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.