PORTIS HATS

Discussion in 'Hats' started by besdor, Sep 29, 2005.

  1. Alexander Sommerset

    Alexander Sommerset One of the Regulars

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    I have seen many Portis hats on ebay. Never purchased one, though.

    Also found this....

    Portis Brothers Hat Co.
    Portis Hats was a manufacturer of hats from 1914 until the late 1960’s.
    Started by Portis siblings Isadore, Arnold, Theodore, Lyon and Henry the Portis Brothers Hat Co. was based in Chicago and later moved their manufacturing across the lake to western Michigan.

    They did a lot of advertising in magazines such as Esquire and Colliers. The quality of their hats was very good and they operated under the the name “Portis Brothers” and “Portis Hats”.

    Portis Hats are luxuriously soft because they are felted from the world’s finest hatters furs. Count on them for sturdy, lasting performance!

    You can buy all the hats you want, and we’ll bet you’ll want more than one new Portis Smart styles, almost military in their trimness, come in invigorating new shades — Freedom Blue, Cadet Grey, Autumn Brown and Service Tan?

    You’ll enjoy the luxurious qualities – these soft felts are made from the world’s finest hatter’s furs?

    Luxurious – bunny-soft feel
    Smoother – more expensive looking felt
    Water-Repellent – finish
    Sweatproof – interlining…
    All adds up to America’s best hat buy!

    Portis Brothers Hat Co was taken over by Stevens Hats in the late 1960’s.

    http://bernardhats.com/hat-companies/portis-hats/
     
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  2. Alexander Sommerset

    Alexander Sommerset One of the Regulars

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    So cool to meet someone who was actually ion the industry in the heyday of hats.

    I am curious about the gift sets. People call them "salesman's samples" today but what did you guys call them?

    I am talking about the tiny felt or plastic hats in the small box that held a gift certificate that people would give to someone else as a gift to come in and buy a hat. Did your store use these?
     
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  3. Frank chops

    Frank chops New in Town

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    Each hat came in it's own box. The sales routine was: remove the hat from the box as if it was fragile, brush it gently with a soft badger hair brush, then came the block. First came the crease on the middle of the crown, the two finger pinch in the front and finish it off with a halt moon on the back of the crown. Proud of your blocking skill,you hand it to your customer who would punch out your block masterpiece and apply what he thought how a hat should look: the ranger look: four dents of the top of the crown, two dents, one on each side of the crown, the one finger down the middle of the
    crown. And of course, the Charlie Chan. Unblocked crown and brim up.
     
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  4. Frunobulax

    Frunobulax

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    This is good stuff. Keep 'em coming, Frank!
     
  5. RJR

    RJR

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    +1,interesting.
     
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  6. fetching

    fetching New in Town

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    I just picked up a Portis at a vintage store in Burbank.

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  7. Bob Roberts

    Bob Roberts I'll Lock Up

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  8. Redfokker

    Redfokker

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    Excellent brim width. Nice Portis, it should clean up well. And welcome!
     
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  9. Frunobulax

    Frunobulax

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    Nice pick up, Fetching!


    Sent directly from my mind to yours.
     
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  10. RJR

    RJR

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    +1
     
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  11. fetching

    fetching New in Town

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    Thanks guys! I had popped into this vintage store where I've bought a few lovely hats from, and they had a nice Stetson that fit me perfectly but it wasn't priced and they said I needed to wait till the next day when the owner came in. So when I went back to get the Stetson, this was sitting there, it had just come in. It's a little large for me, but I collect hats, so I was happy to pick it up.
     
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  12. Horace Debussy Jones

    Horace Debussy Jones A-List Customer

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    Portis hats were top quality. Many had non-typical ribbon treatments and other nice details. Very under-rated it seems, but competition between the big hat makers was pretty fierce so I think the bigger companies dominated the markets by advertising more.
     
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  13. mikespens

    mikespens Call Me a Cab

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  14. Horace Debussy Jones

    Horace Debussy Jones A-List Customer

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    was lucky enough to score another Portis the other day. 1950 vintage I think, a "New Slant" model with original price tag of 5 bucks. In great condition for being almost 70 years old. An Ebay flip hat soon as I get pics and a bit more info if possible. :)
     
  15. ofcoursemyhorse

    ofcoursemyhorse Practically Family

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  16. Gunloader55

    Gunloader55 Familiar Face

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    C0966840-911F-4118-B3CC-2B58EF0AC436.jpeg 3DEDD584-576D-406C-A7EF-EA33EF05B592.jpeg 926D9358-8F7D-4FD6-A0E3-05D3C2CC5305.jpeg 3DEDD584-576D-406C-A7EF-EA33EF05B592.jpeg Here’s a beautiful Portis I received yesterday from Bowen free.I’m a lucky man to have such a friend.
     
  17. Very nice! That Bowen ( @AbbaDatDeHat ) is a very generous guy with a deep and varied hat collection.
     
  18. RJR

    RJR

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  19. Gunloader55

    Gunloader55 Familiar Face

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    We became friends bidding on this hat on eBay,he’s a real stand up guy.And to gift me such a great hat,what can you say.
     
  20. Frunobulax

    Frunobulax

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    The Lounge is full of surprises.
     
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