Milan Mania

Discussion in 'Hats' started by Not-Bogart13, Apr 14, 2006.

  1. SHARPETOYS

    SHARPETOYS Call Me a Cab

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    It was flanged down... I really like it.
     
  2. BellyTank

    BellyTank I'll Lock Up

    I like these 'Milan'/Braided hats a lot. The texture is what I like.

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  3. Not-Bogart13

    Not-Bogart13 Call Me a Cab

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    Biltmore sizing

    IN my experience, Biltmore is dead-on with the sizing (at least with felts), except for once... but that was a second-hand hat, and it may have shrunk before it got to me. My guess is that their straws will be accurate, too.
    NB
     
  4. Prairie Shade

    Prairie Shade A-List Customer

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    Miller Arlington

    Hmmmm - - - Anyone seen any interesting posts lately? I'm back to say that I think I will try the Miller Arlington in 2 5/8 Brim. Havent had a Milan since my uncle gave me his old one back in the 1950's. I will try and post a picture, in public of course. Best wishes!!
     
  5. GWD

    GWD One Too Many

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    I've done some searching and and I haven't found a thread dedicated to the Milan yet. I know the Panama Canal has some Milans listed but I enjoy those threads that are dedicated to a single type or style of hat.

    So Ladies and Gentlemen, Please post your Milans!
     
  6. bolthead

    bolthead My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Well.....where's your's? :D
     
  7. GWD

    GWD One Too Many

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    Here you go!

    The Dunlap Supreme,
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    Blue Gray Dobbs,
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    Brown Cavanagh,
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    Ivory Dobbs Coronado (Contemporary),
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  8. Roadrunner

    Roadrunner One of the Regulars

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    I really like those first two! What defines a Milan style? Is it the ribbon treatment?
     
  9. GWD

    GWD One Too Many

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    It's the weave of the straw material that the hat is made of.

    If any of you knowledgeable historian types can give us a clearer definition it would be greatly appreciated!
     
  10. thunderw21

    thunderw21 I'll Lock Up

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    Vintage Knox, 1930s I would say. A bit rough, still a nice hat.

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  11. David Conwill

    David Conwill Call Me a Cab

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    A lot of these are really sharp. There are some straws that look a lot like this available at Target (not to the same quality, I'm sure, but they're not bad, either). My brother wears one that I bought while I was in college. The brims are too short for me (or my face is too wide for the brim, take your pick), but if I could, I'd probably wear one.

    -Dave
     
  12. GWD

    GWD One Too Many

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    My Dunlap has a pretty wide brim (over 2"), which is the main reason I bought it. I'm anxious to see everyone's Milans here in one place. I've seen some beautiful ones posted lately.
     
  13. thunderw21

    thunderw21 I'll Lock Up

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    Awesome profile on that one.
     
  14. johnnyphi

    johnnyphi Sponsoring Affiliate

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    Park Royal Milan

    Here's an Park Royal marked "Genuine Milan Weave"

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    I have a few of these that survived, but they are generally in smaller sizes so I haven't been sure what to do with them.

    What do y'all think?
     
  15. GWD

    GWD One Too Many

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    I have a Park Royal Milan too, one of my first hats, It's nice looking but stiff as a board. I'll take some pics of it tomorrow.

    johnnyphi, that isn't a vintage hat is it?
     
  16. bolthead

    bolthead My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Love the color of that one Johnny.....would like to see the rest of your straws as well. Are they vintage and are they for sale?
     
  17. Lefty

    Lefty I'll Lock Up

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    Info on milans that I found and put in another thread:

    Here's an ftc case discussing the history, labeling and adulteration of milans.
    http://bulk.resource.org/courts.gov/c/F2/311/311.F2d.358.6008_1.html

    This is from an old millenery book.
    http://vintagesewing.info/1920s/22-m/m-03.html
    http://vintagesewing.info/1920s/28-mhd/mhd-03.html

    According to all reputable sources on this site, Optimo, where I purchased my milan is the only place left in the western hemisphere where a new, genuine milan can be purchased. Milan is just a method of braiding wheat. Any new "milan" is going to be mostly paper and plastic. It is unclear when the adulteration began. This is a topic that deserves much more research.

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  18. GWD

    GWD One Too Many

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    Thanks Lefty! Beautiful Hat!
     
  19. J.T.Marcus

    J.T.Marcus Call Me a Cab

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    This was made in Italy, sold by Johnny's Custom Hatters of Longview, Tx. I bought it new, last year, for $80.00.

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    It's an extremely fine braiod, and lighter than a feather.

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  20. GWD

    GWD One Too Many

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    That's a beauty JT!
     

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