If you drive to Central Point, Art is still accepting orders at the shop. At least he was earlier today
I’m know he is still taking order now, but I was wondering when he was planning on stopping. I’m trying to talk myself (and wife) into getting a hat in Dove Grey and I need to know when my deadline is.
In answer to your question DH, I really don't know at the moment. I am about 4 months deep right now so I'm thinking September to stop taking orders. We haven't quite worked out how to handle orders after that , I'm just sure I can't do them myself. I do have a buyer interested in taking the entire business but no money has exchanged hands so no firm commitment is in place. Once that happens I hope to have firm answers for everyone.
Boy, I was just thinking of calling you Sir, it's been too long. As you can tell from my post, last year was an eventful one and has lead to my decision to retire. It's good to see you stop into the Lounge.Hello Friend Art, It's been too long!! I'm glad business is booming for you. Nighthawk and I were just talking about you. Maybe by the fall we can save some pennies and place an order......can't have too many Fawcett classics!
A few weeks ago while my parents were visiting, we went to the Sansom Street Oyster House for lunch. As we walked in, a couple sitting near the front complimented my hat. My father and I continued on to our table, but my mother stayed and talked with them a long time. When she finally came back, she said that they loved the way that I was dressed and had asked about the hat, which she had said was made by a man in Oregon and the man wanted to know who made it. In fact, I was wearing my Leon Drexler Milaner at the time, but I dutifully wrote several hatters, including Art, down on a piece of paper and took it over to them. As I approached, the man raised his smartphone up with the VS Custom Hats website displayed and mentioned how he had been wanting to go visit him. I heartily endorsed Art's work and told them that he was planning to retire. The man seemed disappointed at that, but I assured him that he could order a hat successfully without actually visiting the shop. I don't know if he'll act upon that, but I was sort of pleased to spread the good word.
Anyway, a few weeks ago I sent the first hat that Art ever made for me (I might fix those image links some day) back for renovation. It is roughly eleven years, eight jobs, five addresses, four cities and two states old now and had definitely been worn down a little by more than a decade of regular wearing. I'd meant to send it back last year, but lost track of that in a slightly crowded year. Not uniquely, the announcement that he's cashing in the relaxation that years of hard work owe him was the blow to the hindquarters that I needed to send it in.
It was delivered last Monday and I'm very pleased with the refurbishment. If you didn't know that it was made in 2008 or what to look for, one might think that it's a new hat. The lining had come loose, the ribbon was stained and faded, there were a few blemishes on it and I dare say some tapering, all of which have been pretty well attended to.
(Click here for original size)
(Those are the original ribbon and bow on sitting in front of the hat)
I really like that ribbon. I think I'm going to try and copy that on my Resistol refurbish that I have posted in the Rockwater thread.I just got my latest hat back from Art. I’m sent it in for some refurbishment, a reblock, and a slight size adjustment. The work is, as always, superb.
Art’s normal return time has been running around 30 days. Art warned be beforehand that he’s swamped and this work ran about 75 days. I imagine that the waits will only increase as we approach Art’s retirement.
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