OPTIMO FINE HATS: A Photographic Excursion

Discussion in 'Hats' started by delectans, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. Lotsahats

    Lotsahats One Too Many

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    I miss Al's photo essays!
     
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  2. mikespens

    mikespens Call Me a Cab

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    Me too Aaron
     
  3. navarre

    navarre Vendor

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    I'll second, I mean third that.
     
  4. DJH

    DJH I'll Lock Up

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    +4
     
  5. Rogera

    Rogera My Mail is Forwarded Here

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  6. PHIL1959

    PHIL1959 One of the Regulars

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    what a great set of photos, great looking hats which look good on you !
     
  7. alanfgag

    alanfgag

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    Al's presence is certainly missed. Fortunately he has kept the links to his photos live so that we can continue to enjoy the resource in his absence.
     
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  8. KingAndrew

    KingAndrew A-List Customer

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    These are great. It is indeed fortunate that the photo links remain active. It is a pity Al is not active on the forum lately.

    The panama optimo his son is wearing in the photos looks just like the one I bought at the southside shop a couple of weeks after these photos were taken. Both feature that narrow caramel-colored ribbon.
     
  9. bowlerman

    bowlerman I'll Lock Up

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    Well I made it to Optimo's new downtown Chicago location, first just after they closed for the day but then during business hours the next. I couldn't refrain from ordering and snapping a few pics while there.
    It did feel a bit like hat Mecca. I met Graham briefly, and spoke a bit with his wife Trina and mostly with Tiffani, who indeed charms beyond words. Classy folks, classy establishment.

    Al's photos are second to none, but I have to say the hats live up to the reputation in fit and finish. In person they are sublime. It's exciting to me since I've exhausted the vintage market in my region.

    Here are a few photos, which obviously don't come close to Al's pictorial but this seemed like the best thread for them.

    I did not go with the midnight homburg, as my personal stylist/daughter diplomatically advised against it. ;-)


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  10. barrowjh

    barrowjh One Too Many

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    Thanks for the photos! Now I want to visit also, next time I'm in Chicago.
     
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  11. KY Crusader

    KY Crusader A-List Customer

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    Optiimo puts out a great hat, and I appreciate you photos and comments. Hope I can visit their shop in person in the not-too-distant future.
     
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  12. SurfGent

    SurfGent Suspended

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    That's a nice looking place. Will have to stop in if I'm ever in the Windy City
     
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  13. mbroadus

    mbroadus New in Town

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    Was in Chicago over the weekend and visited Optimo hats and they more than lived up to their reputation for fine hats and customer service. Tiffany fitted me and my wife for our fall/winter hats and she was an absolute joy. Trinia was also there and we spoke to her for a while, very nice lady. I bought the Trilby style in Heirloom Silver Belly and my wife bought the heirloom 1000 in shark grey. Will have pics when we receive our hats!
     
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  14. mbroadus

    mbroadus New in Town

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    Can someone provide me a link to Al's photos? Thanks
     
  15. DJH

    DJH I'll Lock Up

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    First page of this thread, MB
     
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  16. Tonio

    Tonio A-List Customer

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    Thought this was worth sharing from their Instagram.

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  17. mbroadus

    mbroadus New in Town

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    I already have a panama picked out for summer, Tiffany was kind enough to add the name of the hat to my profile so that I can call back next spring and have it for summer.
     
  18. Altiori

    Altiori Familiar Face

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    Could not agree more with all posts. Optimo produces magnificent hats. What makes it so very special is Tiffani's most friendly and engaging customer service. We did a Skype fitting and the result is the Montecristi below. The hat is looking longingly to go outdoors image.jpg but in Savannah we are in the midst of Hurricane Hermine...will be rain, wind, and Powers Irish whiskey today...
     
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  19. RJR

    RJR

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    Great hat,hope the storm doesn't affect you.
     
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  20. KY Crusader

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    Now that would be worth seeing!
     

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