- Vernon, CT
I defer to your experience, but i’m not sure I’m convinced that starting with the same hat body will yield identical hats.Like much of life the answer is..."It depends". All hatters are dealing with the same raw product. The number of felt factories in the world are very limited and we all have to buy from one of them So we are all starting with the same raw materials. it is like any any fashion item. You do pay for a 'name' and the hat biz is very much a fashion item. What price will the hatters name command? If you peruse online you can find basic Tshirts anywhere from $10 to over $100....it is still a cotton T but the price is whatever level the maker's name can command. Hats be like that too!
I have no rational basis for this belief.