THE SUNBODY ASSOCIATION

Discussion in 'Hats' started by RBH, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. rrog

    rrog A-List Customer

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    Great job jpb. It looks as if it was done in the store. I can tell you're a diy'er.

    And skyvue, I wouldn't hesitate to wear that out at all. You look good. You might have said in an earlier post, but what kind of hat band is that? I'd say that multi colored band would allow the hat to go with more colors than a single color would. Just my opinion.

    rrog
     
  2. skyvue

    skyvue Call Me a Cab

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    It's a puggaree band I picked up at the recently shuttered Arnold Hats here in NYC. I'm probably going to get a fairly wide navy grosgrain ribbon put on the hat at JJ Hat Center, but I didn't want to spend the money till I was sure I could pull wearing that wide a brim.

    I was afraid I'd look like the owner of a rubber plantation; when it comes to hats, I'm strictly a fedora guy, I'm afraid.

    I do like having a few detachable puggaree bands I can put on when inclined to do so, though.
     
  3. jsecunda

    jsecunda New in Town

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    Brim/crown size advice?

    I'm thinking of ordering a Guatemalnan fine palm fedora and have read all the posts where this is discussed on this thread. But...How do you figure out attractive brim/crown proportions for your hats? Do you do it by height/body type? Or do you just go by whatever constitutes "classic" fedora or panama proportions? For instance, I'm 5"9" with a "large" (not fat actually) build. Does it make a difference or do you simply go with whatever height and width hat proportions appeals to you?
    Thanks-
    js
     
  4. I am just over 5'9" with a 7 5/8 LO noggin. I just go with brim size I like from other fedoras & look at crowns that are similar as well.
     
  5. skyvue

    skyvue Call Me a Cab

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    I went with a 6" crown on this hat, as I wanted to experiment with the kind of deep, sharp-edged bashes I often see on hats in old movies. The crowns of my other hats all touch my head already, and the bashes aren't that deep.

    This bash is deeper (and it still touches my head, dang it).

    And I asked for a 2 1/2-inch brim, my favored width, but ended up with something closer to 2 7/8.
     
  6. skyvue

    skyvue Call Me a Cab

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    I took my Sunbody to J.J. Hat Center for a) a navy blue ribbon and b) a new bashing.

    The guy at J.J. told me he was impressed with the bash I'd done, which made me feel good, but he definitely improved on it. It now (just barely) misses touching my head, and yet the crown is a bit lower than it was.

    And then he was kind enough to snap my picture outside the shop.

    I'm pretty pleased with the hat now, I must say.

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  7. rrog

    rrog A-List Customer

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    It looks nice skyvue. It goes with jacket.

    rrog
     
  8. skyvue

    skyvue Call Me a Cab

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    Thanks! The jacket is actually black with blue-grey flecks, but it sure looks blue in that photo.
     
  9. tm3

    tm3 Familiar Face

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    how do the sunbody hats feel in the summer heat compared to felt hats? hotter? same? cooler?
     
  10. rrog

    rrog A-List Customer

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    Hey tm3. I guess I can't speak for everyone else because mine have had modifications (vent holes added), but my Sunbody hats are much cooler than my felt hats. I've been getting a lot of wear out of them this summer.

    rrog
     
  11. skyvue

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    Because the Milan I ordered from Miller Hats was way too small and they had no hats remaining in larger sizes (grrr...), I've been wearing my Sunbody on a daily basis and enjoying it.
     
  12. tm3

    tm3 Familiar Face

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    thanks, rrog.

    you are just over the big hill from me so we face similar summer weather (i.e. warm and humid).
     
  13. JimK

    JimK New in Town

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    gus

    Hi folks, my first post to Fedora Lounge. Not even a long time lurker! But lots o' hats.

    This spring I got a 5" brim Sunbody Gus. I was out for a two hour walk in the hot sun yesterday - the shade from that brim is really nice! But my sweetheart won't be seen in town with me in that hat. Just too outlandish, here in east coast USA.

    So now I have on its way that $36 sale fedora with the 3" brim. She can't quite believe I'm getting ANOTHER hat, but maybe she'll allow herself to be seen with me wearing it!
     
  14. RBH

    RBH Bartender

    Welcome to the Lounge and I am sure you will win her over. :D

    The SunBodys are great hats!
     
  15. cybergentleman

    cybergentleman A-List Customer

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    just ordered mine

    just ordered my first open crown sunbody. 3.5 inch brim 5.75 inch open crown.

    hope it fits-the few pics posted earlier in this post showing that model bashed and shaped into an outback hat convinced me.

    will post pics in a few weeks after im home to get it.:D
     
  16. JimK

    JimK New in Town

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    Well, I got a compliment from a pretty lady at the post office today, so the Gus can't be irredeemable! My guess is that my sweetheart doesn't so much have an opinion about the hat, but worries about other people's opinions. We are complicated creatures!
     
  17. JimK

    JimK New in Town

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    The fedora arrived on Friday. I wore it to the swim meet on Saturday... my sweetheart didn't even notice! I also have a straw Panama fedora - I guess she assumed that's what I was wearing. The Sunbody palm leaf fedora was just great out in the sun!
     
  18. RBH

    RBH Bartender

    Photos... we need photos!
     
  19. JimK

    JimK New in Town

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    I asked my sweetheart to take a shot of me in my new Sunbody fedora:
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  20. Danfan

    Danfan New in Town

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    My first Sunbody...

    New member here... very first post.

    I am planning on going on vacation soon in a tropical environment during rainy season. I needed a "summer hat" that would stand up to unexpected rains, so I didn't think a straw hat would do the job. As I searched, I came across Sunbody. I searched some more to find out how users liked them and I found... here! You guys became my source for ground truth on the hats

    After reading through the comments, I ordered my Sunbody fedora. Taking some tips from you guys, I got a wider ribbon and eyelets on the crown for ventilation. They promised the hat in two weeks. I got it in one week (GREAT service). Here's the initial impressions:

    1) The hat is gorgeous! I love the hat.

    2) It's definitely a heavier "fabric" than straw. So the ventilation in the crown was a GREAT idea.

    3) It is the most comfortable fit I've ever had from a non-custom hat.

    4) It is astoundingly easy to shape.

    5) Did I mention that I love the hat?

    Thanks to everyone here for the ideas and insights that led me to this hat.

    Here's the photos:

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