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Discussion in 'Hats' started by Not-Bogart13, Apr 14, 2006.
all the bells & whistles
the sweat punching looks like a Orchid in bloom
& as you state "Soft & Squishy" is nice for the body
+1 to all that Che said.
Excellent work and the outcome is gorgeous.
Best, Eric -
Appreciate the comments fellas, let's hope we're all breaking out the straws soon
terrific hat, mike. i might be in the market soon for a squishy milan and will hit you up for advice again. been getting a lot of use out of my Optimo milan with the warm CA weather, but the Optimo ain't squishy.
Kinda surprised to hear the Optimo isn't soft, supposed to be the real deal milan.
I wondered about that, too. And (as they say in Brooklyn) you know from Milans, Mike. I picked up a couple of "beauts" over the winter. Just waiting for a break in the cold. Soon.... be still, my heart!
They're squishy with wear. I think Graham puts a little too much stiffener in them, but some people like their hat to stay perfectly blocked. I get my hands wet and shape the brim differently every time I wear either of mine.
-but it might also have to do with tightness of stitches attaching the strips together - one of my Optimos has the tiniest bit more space between the braided strips and it's decidedly squishier. squishiest milan i've ever had wasn't a milan, it was this lee hemp number
I played basketball in a storm once while wearing it. It flopped straight down after a while and took further beatings for a few years until I finally tossed it, along with all of it's charming holes and tears. Want something with character? Quit coddling it and wear it.
Arts milans are squishy
Mr. Whipple would have been a big fan of a VS Milan... (Showing some age here.)
Ed's right, though. Squishy!
yeah, my Optimo has a lot of stiffener in it. the brim initially became very soft and i couldn't get it to lay down in front. so i sprayed some Bick stiffener to it and now it lays perfectly. that being said, i like the hat firm and well blocked. no complaints here.
All this has me a bit puzzled. I got my VS Milan last year, and it's my favorite straw by far. But squishy? Not at all, and I wear it maybe four days a week.
Mike, that Black Sheep refurb is a beaut. I love the bold color of the pug.
My Optimo milan has a relatively stiff crown, but the brim is very pliable. I never really thought about it, but I guess a good dousing in water would probably soften things up.
My Optimo panama is like a linen hankie: very squishy. I love 'em both and in Shanghai's summer heat, they get a lot of wear.
I'd like to get another milan, but my next straw hat purchase will likely be a boater.
Summer bump with today's wear.
Top flight inside and out Alan, looks brand new but they don't make em like that anymore!
Thanks Mike, this one seems to have walked out of a worm hole.
Woof! Absolutely SCRUMPTIOUS, Alan!!!
Love the sweat and the stitching, Alan.
Oh, and the hat's nice, too.
Scored this sweat Knox Milan with hidden ventilation yesterday. In great shape! This is also my second Fredrick and Nelson hat. Strangely the other is a straw as well.
Interesting ventilation technique.