Is this custom only?

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  1. Oldsarge

    Oldsarge One Too Many

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    In his blog, A Suitable Wardrobe, today Will Boelke sings the praises of the midnight blue hat for occasions after six. It certainly seems logical, given that midnight blue makes for better evening wear than true black does. The question is, where do you get one? Does anyone know of a maker of midnight blue homburgs, lords' hats or even fedora that are fur felt and of good quality? Or is this something for the man of such rarefied taste that only bespoke will do?
    Thanx,
     
  2. danofarlington

    danofarlington My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    My guess is that blue as a color is not sufficiently popular for the major hatmakers to bother with--Borsalino, Hatco, and others. You may find the odd one in a Borsalino lineup from time to time, perhaps, but I wouldn't count on it. These makers certainly don't make homburgs or lord's hats either. So your best bet is E Bay, where I woudn't hold my breath either, or a custom maker.
     
  3. randooch

    randooch I'll Lock Up

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    That's a handsome hat.
     
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  5. skyvue

    skyvue Call Me a Cab

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    I have a Stylemaster from Akubra that is supposed to be dark blue (though I see no blue in it, I have to say--to my eyes, it's black).
     
  6. Oldsarge

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    I think Navy would be better for evening wear. Thanx.
     
  7. Spats McGee

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    The Beaver Brand color chart has something purporting to be Navy, as well.
     
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  9. 1961MJS

    1961MJS My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Hi Sarge

    O.K., not to be arguing, but I would have thought that Black is better after six, why is blue better? I wear blue suits, but not a blue tuxedo. I don't understand. I'd wear a navy blue hat, but it's not on my short list.

    Thanks
     
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    There was a gorgeous deep blue fedora on Ebay a couple years ago, from Locke as I recall (that's the British hat maker, right?) Anyway my bid fell far short.
     
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  13. remotehat

    remotehat New in Town

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    This Season (Fall 2012) Borsalino has a Dark Blue Fedora in Fur Felt
    I got mine at Fedora Primo Hats, in Santa Monica, Ca I think they ship stuff all over
     
  14. remotehat

    remotehat New in Town

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    Borsalino has a nice Dark Blue fedora in this seasons line
    I got mine at Fedora Primo in Santa Monica, Ca
     
  15. carldelo

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    I have a friend with a midnight-blue tuxedo -- it is gorgeous, and looks distinctive and rich when surrounded by black.

    Any of Christy's fedora styles can be ordered in their navy color, e.g. from
    http://www.topsecrethats.com/Trilbys-and-Fedoras/Fur-Felt-Trilbys-and-Fedoras

    I had a Marlborough in navy that was quite a nice dark blue - the hat was a bit small, however, and I sold it. It also had a fairly tapered crown, although I am not necessarily opposed to that in every case.

    PS Bencraft has a number of Borsalino fedora in navy, 3 on the first page alone - Alessandria, Anello and Astuccio:
    http://www.bencrafthats.com/list.php?cattype=2&subcatid=4&subcname=Borsalino

    PPS and one Stetson in navy, the Saxon:
    http://www.bencrafthats.com/product.php?pid=255&subcname=Stetson
     
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  16. Oldsarge

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    Optically, dark to very dark blue actually looks blacker at night than true black does. I believe it was the Prince of Wales who either discovered or rediscovered this back in the '20's and truly knowledgeable gentlemen have worn midnight blue after six ever since to out-black the black tuxes.
     
  17. -30-

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    "Or is this something for the man of such rarefied taste that only bespoke will do?"
    QUOTE, Oldsarge.

    Custom only.

    The colour: (Canadian spelling, LOL.)
    http://leondrexler.com/New_Leon_Drexler_Website/Reference_files/Felt Colours.pdf

    The hat:
    http://leondrexler.com/New_Leon_Drexler_Website/Budapester.html

    The website:
    http://leondrexler.com/New_Leon_Drexler_Website/Home.html

    The hats that Leon Drexler "construct" are of superior quality in comparison to that (POS) Borsalino I had bought

    this past summer and priced at $380.00 + tax Cdn. Leon Drexler's (Stephen Temkin) are slightly more expensive,

    at $425.00 Cdn, but over time will show their total worth if for nothing else than with pride of ownership.

    I ordered a new fedora from this gentleman a week and a half ago and will "patiently await the delivery".


    Regards.
     
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2012
  18. DavidJ

    DavidJ One of the Regulars

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    I know that my Cavanagh homburg is midnight blue. Like Syvue, I can't see any blue.
     
  19. Mulceber

    Mulceber Practically Family

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    Also, Art Fawcett has some very nice Midnight Blue hats and his work is of course proverbially excellent. Probably a little outside of what you're looking for, but worth the mention. -M
     

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