Request for an advise about buying hat

Discussion in 'Hats' started by Czulu, Feb 1, 2008.

  1. Czulu

    Czulu New in Town

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    Hello everyone, this is my first post on this forum. Im considering buying my first hat via internet, and i will be grateful if somebody will be so nice to advise my which of those two hats is better :

    Style: 024 "Temple Stetson Hat"

    256 Miller Fedora hat

    You can also feel free to give me links to other shops, where i can buy similar classic fedoras with good quality and for decent price.
     
  2. Mustang

    Mustang One of the Regulars

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    Hi Czulu.

    Don't worry, you'll get lots of good advice. I'm no expert...just wanted to say hi :D
     
  3. Doctor Strange

    Doctor Strange I'll Lock Up

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    I have a Stetson Temple and it's a pretty nice hat... Since you are also looking at what Miller Hats used to call the Indiana Miller, I guess you're interested in an Indiana Jones style fedora?

    If so, you would do better to consider the Akubra "Federation":

    http://www.hatsdirect.com/cgi/products.cgi?group=Fedora+Hats

    It is a better hat, at a lower price, than either the Temple or the Miller.
     
  4. Czulu

    Czulu New in Town

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    No, i need ordinary grey fedora with brimm turned down in the front and up in the back.

    In fact i would like even much to buy one with brimm slopped in non-symmetrical way like on this picture :

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    But i cant find such anywhere :/
     
  5. Mustang

    Mustang One of the Regulars

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    You have good taste. That's an Art Fawcett custom made hat for "Indycop". He, that is Indycop, named the hat "Remembrance". Everyone here either has or wants an Art Fawcett custom made hat. Then, once you have one, it seems you become addicted, and need at least a couple more. I don't have one yet, but will definitely have him make me "at least one". Here's his website:

    http://www.vintagesilhouettes.com/

    Here's the thread about the hat, which may have been where you got the photo from[huh]:
    http://www.thefedoralounge.com/showthread.php?t=25563
     
  6. indycop

    indycop I'll Lock Up

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    If you already are used to hats and know what you want, Art can make it, and you will not be dissappointed!! The quality of his hats are unbelievable!:D
     
  7. Czulu

    Czulu New in Town

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    Are they shipping outside US ? Im from Poland.
     
  8. Mustang

    Mustang One of the Regulars

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    I just PM'd Art so he can give you an answer, since he'd know best ;)
     
  9. Donato

    Donato One of the Regulars

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    Welcome to the Lounge Czulu. Have you considered an Akubra? They make very fine quality hats for the money and there are many different classical fedora styles that I think you will like, e.g. the Stylemaster, Bogart, Sidney, C.E.O. etc. For some, though, you may have to wait for three months to get the color you want.
    Stylemaster:
    http://www.everythingaustralian.com.au/shopexd.asp?id=535&ccode=1590&cat_id=2
    Bogart:
    http://www.hatsbythe100.com.au/product/bindex.php?product=akubrabogart
    Sidney:
    http://www.davidmorgan.com/product_info.php?products_id=92
    C.E.O.:
    http://www.everythingaustralian.com.au/shopexd.asp?id=18&ccode=1180&cat_id=2
    Mustang already recommended the Federation, which happens to come in grey:
    http://www.hatsdirect.com/cgi/products.cgi?view=58&returncat=Fedora+Hats&returnpage=0
     
  10. Art Fawcett

    Art Fawcett Sponsoring Affiliate

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    Hi Czulu, Welcome to the Lounge. I'm not sure if this question was directed at me or for the others, whom I can't speak for, but I do ship internationally, no worries.

    Enjoy
     
  11. Czulu

    Czulu New in Town

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    Thank's for all the answers.

    I was asking about Your's company. Could You tell chow much do You charge (at average, i know that probably price could vary) for making one hat ?
     
  12. HungaryTom

    HungaryTom One Too Many

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    Pol?°k wenger dwa bratanki

    Cześć - my Polish stops here:)

    The prices are on the Vintage Silhouettes site - click on the Limited editions Gallery and choose the model it shows how many are left and how much they cost.
    Art does ship to Hungary-I have so far 2 of his hats.
    One is a limited edition the other was one of a kind - no worries if you see a hat that has run out of stock - Mr. Fawcett can deliver a very nice looking modification from the raw materials he has - and what raw materials, man oh man...
    Art is patient and provides all details your bank asks when making an international payorder -
    It is the logistics part that takes long and costs much.
    You know you book the flight for your hat between Oregon and Central Europe - that is far.
    Than come the customs - they also bite off some dollars:mad: .

    BTW you will discover the beauties of bureaucracy.

    But VS hats are is still worth it - I assume you are not swimming in money either so if you reach out to the opposite end of the world it should be something really worthwile.

    Sending ugly hats, too small hats or whatever crap hats back to the seller frustrates - wasted money and time. I never had that experience with Vintage Silhouettes.

    Art Fawcett hats are really worth it - AND THEY FIT.

    That gentleman hatter also blocks fine Panama hats - also worth trying.

    Regards:

    Tom
     
  13. Czulu

    Czulu New in Town

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    This could probably be avoided by lovering declared value of package. Or at least such i heard.
     
  14. tandmark

    tandmark One of the Regulars

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    Dzień dobry,

    Welcome to The Fedora Lounge, Czulu!

    You found two hats online (the Stetson "Temple" and the Miller).

    I believe that since Miller is only a hat shop, they have someone else make the hats with the Miller name. And I believe that the Miller-name hats are made by the Canadian hatmaker Biltmore.

    I own a Miller-name/Biltmore hat. The quality of this hat is very good.

    I also own a Stetson fedora, the "Sovereign." The quality is also very good.

    Many people here on The Fedora Lounge believe that older Stetsons were much better than modern Stetsons. Perhaps they are correct, but I have never found an older Stetson that was large enough for my head. :eusa_doh:

    Donato suggests Akubra hats. I own two Akubra fedoras. They are very good hats. They also cost less than the Miller or the Stetson.

    Donato's suggestions of the Akubra "Sydney" http://www.davidmorgan.com/product_info.php?products_id=92 and the Akubra "Stylemaster" http://www.everythingaustralian.com.au/shopexd.asp?id=535&ccode=1590&cat_id=2 are the two that you should think about. You can buy a "Sydney" in dark grey, or a "Stylemaster" in medium grey or light grey.

    Art Fawcett's hats are masterpieces. They also cost two or three times more than the Stetson "Temple" or the Miller.

    Hungary Tom is correct that Art's hats will fit perfectly. An Akubra hat will be slightly large for a few weeks, but then it will shrink, and fit your head very well. The Stetson and the Miller, which I own, did fit very well always.

    But if I buy a Stetson hat, I want to buy at a hat shop, never from Internet. Why? A big company can make more mistakes. [huh]

    Na zdrowie,
    Mark
     

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