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Discussion in 'Hats' started by Fed in a Fedora, Jul 27, 2016.
That is a damn sharp Hat Harv, the color, the colored ribbon works great together!
A good choice!
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Manfred, thanks! I always hold your opinion in high regard, my friend.
Hope all is well with you!
Harv, thank you! All is well. You too?
That hat is really a eye catcher, love it!
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All is well here.
Good luck with the hat hunting this weekend!
Shipping and import costs are definitely a concern. Also another consideration is minimum order quantity, some manufacturers will require a large order and I would say most shops cannot afford to place a large order for inventory. Winchester will allow you to buy a single hat body. I have been able to order a single Fepsa hat body from their online store but they definitely do not have all of their offerings online either. The shipping on that single hat body cost me more than the hat body itself. Online Fepsa store advertises their fur felt as 100% fur but they do not tell you what fur it is, so unless you have a contact and can order large quantities it will be a crap shoot on what you get. I will say that hat body I received came pre-pounced and was pretty amazing.
Here is a new blog post about Cody Wellema with a link to a podcast he did.
Thank you for sharing
Cody is a great dude
I’m surprised Wellema isn’t more discussed here.
I really like his work, great hatter!
Thanks for sharing Michael, I enjoyed it.
I must admit I joined this forum a few years back for advice leather jackets... and received some great advice over the years! I will say that I did stumble into some of the hat threads and think to myself, "Wow, I'd never wear one of those."
Yet here I am in foreign waters... the hat forum!
I'm considering a new hat - background:
I purchased a Stetson Temple fedora about 1 year ago. It was at a local hat store, tried a few on, and the teardrop pinch fit my head/face shape well. I end up really never wearing this hat. I wear a lot of black with mostly (indigo) denim jeans and either (black) boots or something like PF Flyers or Chucks. I do not wear classic men's dress wear. Mostly t's, un-tucked button down shirts, leather jackets.
I'm thinking a more, Western-style hat will suit my needs better, however with more of an urban vibe.
I looked through options and although my Stetson Temple is furr felted and seems 'nice' - I was thinking of getting something a bit nicer than that.
I came across Wellema Hat Co
I briefly searched this forum and didn't see many hits. Is that because this forum is heavily focus on vintage items? From what I can tell, the 1 man operation produces some very high quality hats.
Since I live in LA, I could visit his store and get fitted; run my thoughts past him; come up with a design that works for me, etc.
Thoughts? What style would you suggest pairs well (if anything) with denim jeans/nice boots/t-shirts to leather jackets?
What other options do I have out there. Fairly wide snap brim (~2.5"); medium crown height.... not totally sure to be honest.
I follow Cody on instagram and admire all of his work. We do have a Wellema thread here, but not many biters. However, Harv certainly knows his hats (and has hats from a variety of custom hatters) and his positive review of his Wellema custom purchase is a sound endorsement.
I’ll check it out, thanks!
Ive never owned a nice hat. I wear baseball caps every day except at the beach where it is a wide brim hat.....nor did I know exactly what i wanted or my head size. All I knew was that I am too old to wear a baseball cap with nicer clothes in the winter and my bald head requires a hat when it's cold. My wife and I were in LA a month ago from NY and decided to stop in to this shop that Ive seen on instagram. Cody is such a nice guy. We spent a while looking at the many ready made hats on his wall to come up with a style I liked...crown height, brim, etc...and discussed what looked good on my shape head. No pressure to buy...just a conversation. Then we got into felts and color. Handling his hats, the quality and workmanship just jumps out at you.
I ended up having him size me, picked a color felt, then we spent quite a bit of time talking about ribbons. I ended up going with a two tone look that my wife picked that really pops. It was a fantastic shopping experience. Now I just have to wait until December for it to arrive.
@b1lf, you should definitely take a drive to Altadena and visit Cody's shop.
Interesting to get your review. I wonder if his price point is more...LA market...LA pricing. It is a high premium to pay. Curious to hear if it represents good value.
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That's a hell of a first post........... CODY
We shall see, wont we?
I look online and some guys are less (Art Fawcett, Gannon, etc), and some guys are more (Optimo), and it had to do with availabilty. Theyre all, fantastic, im sure. If i was going to be in chicago, i wouldve stopped in at Optimo. And for a bespoke hat, i wanted to do it in person, not online or over the phone. Now that i get the process, may be the next one will be that way. I have been to hat "stores" and not been impressed.
Once i was at Cody's shop, i WAS impressed with the workmanship of the hats on the shelf and i liked him, too. So, i had him make me one. Yes, its a lot of coin...but i am hoping it is worth it. Again, we shall see.
I like the sass. The reason that was my first post is because i never had anything to add that had value. No one wants to hear my dissertation on Legacy NYU ball caps...as that is pretty much all I wear. So, I'm not Cody trolling the Fedora Lounge.
You can look me up on Style Forum and a bunch of others...same screen name.
He clearly makes a nice hat. I think you'll be happy with his work. I also follow Cody on Instagram and have been impressed with his work since the beginning.
It’s called a joke pal.
i figured, which is why i said i liked the sass.
but it's sometimes hard to tell on the internet... you know?
so, i clarified since it WAS my first post and i could see your point entirely, whether it was in jest or not.
added some hat content for you to make it legit