Options to fill "the gap"

Discussion in 'Hats' started by johng70, Nov 13, 2019.

  1. johng70

    johng70 New in Town

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    So, I have 3 fedoras currently:
    Optimo Lasalle in Blue Pearl
    Optimo Chicago in Aubergine (my favorite hat)
    Stetson Downs in black

    So, the Optimos are fantastic, but pricey. I'd love to get some additional colors but was hoping to find something in-between - maybe in the $400 price range. I really love that Optimo has more than just standard black/brown/grey. Any suggestions for where else to look in that $400 range where I could find variety of color/style staying in similar styles to above - so not interested in Trilbys, porkpies, homburgs etc - I just don't look good in them. Any advice or direction would be great.
    Thanks!
     
  2. jlee562

    jlee562 I'll Lock Up

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    Any number of custom hatters will fit the bill. Most are limited to the color selections offered by Winchester. Some folks have access to FEPSA felts - whom supplies Optimo - and a wider array of colors.

    Off the top of my head and in no particular order, some hatters to check out: Gannon, Phoenix Hats/@humanshoes, Alley Kat Hats, Northwest Hats, Wellema Hat Co, HatWrks Nashville, Brass Rooster, Tatton Baird.

    I'm sure I've omitted someone....my personal favorite is Black Sheep Hatworks, but his queue is looooooooong.
     
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  3. Rmccamey

    Rmccamey One Too Many

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    Yes, there are many custom hatters who can do the job.

     
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  4. Tonio

    Tonio A-List Customer

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    I believe Hornskov was using FEPSA felt. Haven’t tried them, but I think worth checking out: https://www.hornskovkobenhavn.com/
     
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  5. jlee562

    jlee562 I'll Lock Up

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    Yup, that's one I definitely forgot! I also really like the work Mikael at Hufvud is doing. Two more!
     
  6. johng70

    johng70 New in Town

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    Thanks everyone. That's what I was hoping for - some options. I'll check them out!
     
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  7. deadlyhandsome

    deadlyhandsome I'll Lock Up

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    I think he was left off due to pending retirement, but I think he could still be taking orders. In any case, Art Fawcett’s Vintage Silhouette (VS) Custom Hats deserves a look.
    https://vscustomhats.com

    I also like Tumwater, although, I haven’t ordered one for myself yet. “Yet.” :)

    http://tumwaterhat.com


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  8. johng70

    johng70 New in Town

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    Thanks for the VS recommendation. I started looking, liking and then ran across the VS thread where he said 8/31 was the cutoff for ordering. I've got a message out to Mike at Northwest Hats and we'll see hot that goes. I appreciate everyone's help
     
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  9. deadlyhandsome

    deadlyhandsome I'll Lock Up

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    You might give Art a call. I’m not sure if the retirement is on schedule.


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  10. belfastboy

    belfastboy My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    I am a big fan of Mike at NW Hats. When I was last in to his shop he related the story of a local doctor that would travel to Chicago every year and order a new Optimo. The doctor has since discovered Mike and now orders his yearly new hat from NW Hats. I have 8 of Mike's and they are all stellar. I have hats from all the others mentioned except the two Scandinavian hatters and can attest that all their product deserves space in my closet.
     
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  11. GHT

    GHT I'll Lock Up

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  12. johng70

    johng70 New in Town

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    Mike and I have traded a couple emails and I'm moving forward with having him make me a hat. Should be about 3 months. I'll report back when I get the hat!
     
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  13. Héctor Fernández

    Héctor Fernández One of the Regulars

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    Those Tumwater's are very nice.

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