Milan Mania

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

  1. SpeedRcrX

    SpeedRcrX One Too Many

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    Beautiful!!!
     
  2. seabass

    seabass Call Me a Cab

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    Mike
    Outstanding Milan
    all the bells & whistles
    the sweat punching looks like a Orchid in bloom
    & as you state "Soft & Squishy" is nice for the body
    che
     
  3. Short Balding Guy

    Short Balding Guy I'll Lock Up

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    +1 to all that Che said.

    Excellent work and the outcome is gorgeous.

    Best, Eric -
     
  4. mikespens

    mikespens Call Me a Cab

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    Appreciate the comments fellas, let's hope we're all breaking out the straws soon
     
  5. konadog

    konadog A-List Customer

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    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.
     
  6. mikespens

    mikespens Call Me a Cab

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    Kinda surprised to hear the Optimo isn't soft, supposed to be the real deal milan.
     
  7. hatsRme

    hatsRme I'll Lock Up

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    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!
     
  8. Lefty

    Lefty I'll Lock Up

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    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
    http://www.thefedoralounge.com/showthread.php?30949-Milan-Mania&p=834763&viewfull=1#post834763
    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.
     
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  9. The Wiser Hatter

    The Wiser Hatter I'll Lock Up

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    Arts milans are squishy
     
  10. hatsRme

    hatsRme I'll Lock Up

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    Mr. Whipple would have been a big fan of a VS Milan... (Showing some age here.)

    Ed's right, though. Squishy!
     
  11. konadog

    konadog A-List Customer

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    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.
     
  12. tropicalbob

    tropicalbob My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    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.
     
  13. KingAndrew

    KingAndrew A-List Customer

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    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.
     
  14. alanfgag

    alanfgag

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    Summer bump with today's wear.

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  15. mikespens

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    Top flight inside and out Alan, looks brand new but they don't make em like that anymore!
     
  16. alanfgag

    alanfgag

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    Thanks Mike, this one seems to have walked out of a worm hole.
     
  17. hatsRme

    hatsRme I'll Lock Up

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    Woof! Absolutely SCRUMPTIOUS, Alan!!!
     
  18. Frunobulax

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    Love the sweat and the stitching, Alan.

    Oh, and the hat's nice, too.
     
  19. navarre

    navarre Vendor

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    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.
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  20. RJR

    RJR

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    Interesting ventilation technique.
     

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