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  1. Just A Hat Rack

    Just A Hat Rack A-List Customer

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    I will second Brent's advice in using the Tapatalk app. There are no endless pages to click between in certain threads, only endless scrolling which I find to be more convenient. Posting and uploading pics is made simple as well. Of course, this is all if you access the lounge via cell phone or tablet.

    One bit of advice that I will add as well. There is a plethora of information on here, and finding answers can be a tiresome task at times. The amount of information and added conversation can be quite a bit to sift through. One way to shortcut some of this is to run a Google search using your keywords, and adding the Fedora Lounge to the search. That will help pinpoint some of what you may be looking for.

    Welcome to the lounge. We hope your stay here is a pleasant and extended one. And let's see some hats!
     
  2. TimothyF

    TimothyF New in Town

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    Thank You all for being so welcoming! I love it. I have got tons of info from this place. It really has helped with caring for and maintaining good quality hats. I have had lots of hats over the Years and even started making them for Myself. This site has been very helpful
     
  3. TimothyF

    TimothyF New in Town

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    This is a test to see if I used this tapatalk right lol. Sorry people[​IMG]

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  4. deadlyhandsome

    deadlyhandsome I'll Lock Up

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    Looks good to me, my friend.


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  5. TimothyF

    TimothyF New in Town

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    Thank You I had it made for Me. After it started looking wonky I reblocked it and got it looking a little better. Lost a little bit of brim width but It is barely noticeable

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  6. Mr. Cragganmore

    Mr. Cragganmore New in Town

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    That is a good looking hat.
     
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  7. ItsKarl

    ItsKarl New in Town

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    IMG_6424[1].png Well, might as well introduce myself. I'm Karl, Norwegian '78. For the occasion I am sporting my skipper cap and a ruffled beard. No, I'm not a sailor, but I am a baritone, for which reason I got this spiffy cap for the equivalent of 20 bucks at a hardware/maritime supply store down by the docks in town. The pipe is for show; it belonged to my grand-pappy. I don't smoke myself. But I am actually wearing tobacco-scented beard oil in this picture, as you may or may not be able to tell.

    I do own other hats as well. What got me into hats was when my sister bought me a bowler for Christmas a couple years ago. It was a cheap wool felt by Major Wear, think she paid £25 for it. For the price the quality is actually excellent: real leather sweat band, and the overall shapes and curves are... well, pretty good for the price. And most people around here wouldn't know an expensive hat from a cheap one, anyway. But it did whet my appetite for a more expensive hat, so I went up a price class and bought myself a fur felt bowler from Christy's. This was in January of this year, and it's great. So great that I subsequently bought a homburg from Christy's as well. I'll do a full review of them on the Christy's thread by and by, but so far I can say that these hats do not at all fall in line with the general poopooing this company has received in the Fedora Lounge over the last few years.

    I also have an Australian leather hat my parents got me as a souvenir on one of their trips down under several years ago. As I was not yet a hat person at the time, I did not take note of the brand - and I am afraid I have since misplaced it. If anyone has seen it, please give me a call.
     
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  8. Tukwila

    Tukwila Call Me a Cab

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    Karl,

    Velkomst!
     
  9. Hat and Rehat

    Hat and Rehat One Too Many

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    Sorry. Haven't seen your hat.
    I'm from a long line of Svenskas.

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  10. M Brown

    M Brown One of the Regulars

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    I’ve been picking up good bits of info for a while from this forum. Don’t know why it took me so long to sign up.

    Hello fro N Tx. I’ve been a hat guy since childhood and still keep a cover on whenever I can.

    My closet has a variety ranging from Stetson to Akubra with a couple of Rands and O’Farrells.

    Happy to be here
     
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  11. Frunobulax

    Frunobulax

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    Welcome to the Lounge. Looking forward to seeing your contributions.

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  12. deadlyhandsome

    deadlyhandsome I'll Lock Up

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    This is a great place. I hope you feel welcome.
    We’re all looking forward to seeing your hats and getting to know you.
     
  13. Redfokker

    Redfokker

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    Welcome to the Fray! Looking forward to seeing your style.
     
  14. Boomerang

    Boomerang Familiar Face

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    I've posted once or twice with a couple of pics, but I thought I'd better introduce myself. I'm Steve from the Seattle area, known on forums as Boomerang.

    My grandfather gave me one of his worn-out hats when I was 10 years old. It was nothing like my red straw cowboy hat, or my baseball cap, or my unlined plastic army helmet. It was a man’s hat, and the leather sweatband and satin lining fascinated me. As much as I wanted to wear it, it looked stupid on me. But in 1972, I vowed that I would - at the appropriate time in my life - wear stylish men’s headwear.

    Fast-forward to my 57th year on this planet. I can’t believe I’ve been wearing this cheap, unlined, department-store fabric trilby for 14 years. It was time to step up to the nice hat I’d always wanted – but I knew nothing about the subject. Perusing the major hat-sellers’ fedora pages, I was overwhelmed with both the variety and the apparent similarity of the products available. One hat kept poking me in the eye. This hat did not look like a fedora to me, yet here it was appearing on virtually all the hat-sellers’ fedora pages. Of course, I’m talking about the Open Road. (Stop laughing.) Then I saw pictures of the hat on a person’s head, not just floating against a depthless background. Gorgeous! And I’m nearly certain a silver belly OR was in my grandfather’s collection.

    I waded into the waters and picked-up a couple of fur felt fedoras from Hats In The Belfry last April. These are Belfry Stetsons, from their “Handmade for Belfry” collection. They are nice-looking hats, but our Pacific Northwest rain might do them in. I kept looking.

    Thanks to repeated mention in the Fedora Lounge, I stumbled upon David Morgan. The DM brick-and-mortar store is a 10-minute drive away from my workplace, and I like to go on my lunch hour. My first visit to DM yielded a sturdy Akubra Stylemaster in carbon gray, and the Stetsons got pushed to the back of the shelf.

    I found the in-person hat buying experience at DM far superior to the online experience. Kind of intoxicating, trying on all those hats. And the OR was still on my mind, with the Akubra Bushman having some similarities…

    A week after my Stylemaster purchase I found myself back at DM, this time fitting a Bushman in Moonstone. Jody (Jodi?) returned from the back room with several open crown Bushmen, and one with a cattleman’s crease. She explained that she had bashed the hat for the catalog photo shoot, and it had been in the back room ever since. The pre-bashed catalog hat fit me like a glove. I bought it, and it immediately became my favorite hat. (You can see my Bushman on the bottom right corner of page 16 in the Summer 2019 catalog.) 2 weeks later I went back for a Bushman in Nullarbor Tan. The good folks at DM bashed it at my direction, but later I decided to put the kettle on and give it a little more drama.

    The 2 Bushmen are my “dailies” with the specific color slave to my wardrobe selection for the day. And currently in transit from Down Under is an Akubra Campdraft in silver belly. I’ll try a few different bashes, but something tells me that my memory of grandad in his OR will lead me toward another cattleman’s crease.

    I know pics are a big part of contributing here, so I'll do what I can. Thanks for being such a welcoming place!
     
  15. DaveProc

    DaveProc One of the Regulars

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    Welcome Steve!! I am wearing my Campdraft with cattleman's crease in my profile pick, although I've since changed it a couple times. I have an RM Williams Campdraft which is in my everyday rotation along with a very beat up old Westchester Imperial OR clone. I have a bunch of much older Open Roads and Dobbs Westwards OR clone and the quality is much better than the modern versions made my the same manufacturers .
     
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  16. Yahoody

    Yahoody A-List Customer

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    Welcome Steve! I spent some time in David Morgan's. He was a good guy. Bought any number of Akubars from him and the family. We lived on the south side of Tiger mtn for 20 years. Pretty much a rain forest there most of the year. Can't tell you how many times I soaked a Akubra through working on the property. And they aren't easy to soak through! Good choice in hats! Living in the desert and sunshine now :) Which takes a bigger brim hat.
     
  17. Cornshucker77

    Cornshucker77 Call Me a Cab

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    Welcome Steve. Looking forward to seeing some headshots. Always room for another at the Lounge.
     
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  18. deadlyhandsome

    deadlyhandsome I'll Lock Up

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    Good to have you onboard, Steve. I bet the wide brims and hard wearing attributes of the Akubra Bushmans serve you well in Seattle. I’ve been meaning to get a Bushman for a while; looking forward to seeing your photos.


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  19. gwyche

    gwyche New in Town

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    Hi all, new member here from NZ. I've enjoyed having a read through some of the site already about vintage hats, looking forward to learning more....
     
  20. Scooterz

    Scooterz A-List Customer

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    Welcome
     

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