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This was intriguing and cheap so why not?
 
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I wonder what color the felt really is.

I think you mean "was". Still seems a nice hat, even if it gets relegated to the "beater" stack.

Prepare to bleach your eyes - this other side of the forum (for me). This one is coming to me. Maybe it belongs it the garbage, but for 15 bucks I'd like to own it for a little
Leather Cap, Genuine Newsboy Distressed Leather Hat Cap, Gatsby Flat Golf Cabbie, True Vintage, Flat Cap,Great for Display, Movies 7 1/8 image 2

Oh, I don't know. A little leather conditioner might bring it mostly back to life, and you'll have a nice cap for casual occasions.
 

Granville

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I've been grabbing straw hats for decades, cheaper the better, because I live at the beach. The last couple of years, since I started getting into felts, I've been looking for nice 'around the town' summer straws (as opposed to beach lids), especially a nice Panama. I found a toquilla straw of the Cuenca style (herringbone weave), but it had a cheap sweat band and was cracked at the pinch. Then I picked up one that had the look I wanted (downward brim all around) and a leather sweat, but it was Shantung and shellacked. It has some vents so it breathes a little, but it's weird to wear such a stiff hat, even though it looks good (Larry Mahan brand). Lastly, I also been trying to find one with the crease down the middle. I think I got it now.
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Above pic is not the hat I bought, but representative (same make and model) -- to show that odd crease down the front. Apparently that's 'the fold' line. But this hat has a leather sweat, so it is only an affectation, it can't be folded and rolled. OK by me. I think I'll work the brim to have a fedora snap look (raised in rear, down in front). I don't think this one gets a pinch, either.
Here's the actual hat I purchased:
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Be cooler if it was white, but that's alright. Also, comes with a story. Seller says it was only worn once, in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics when Team USA marched in during the opening ceremonies, and been in a box since. I couldn't find a pic to verify, but the hat appears to be more than just tourist souvenir. Leather sweat embossed with the Olympic's Logo and Levi's brand; the factory label indicates Levi's may have sub-contracted Optimo as the manufacturer. Or maybe that's just the "style" name. Monte Cristo weave, but no mention of type of straw or country of origin.

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TheOldFashioned

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I've been grabbing straw hats for decades, cheaper the better, because I live at the beach. The last couple of years, since I started getting into felts, I've been looking for nice 'around the town' summer straws (as opposed to beach lids), especially a nice Panama. I found a toquilla straw of the Cuenca style (herringbone weave), but it had a cheap sweat band and was cracked at the pinch. Then I picked up one that had the look I wanted (downward brim all around) and a leather sweat, but it was Shantung and shellacked. It has some vents so it breathes a little, but it's weird to wear such a stiff hat, even though it looks good (Larry Mahan brand). Lastly, I also been trying to find one with the crease down the middle. I think I got it now.
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Above pic is not the hat I bought, but representative (same make and model) -- to show that odd crease down the front. Apparently that's 'the fold' line. But this hat has a leather sweat, so it is only an affectation, it can't be folded and rolled. OK by me. I think I'll work the brim to have a fedora snap look (raised in rear, down in front). I don't think this one gets a pinch, either.
Here's the actual hat I purchased:
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Be cooler if it was white, but that's alright. Also, comes with a story. Seller says it was only worn once, in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics when Team USA marched in during the opening ceremonies, and been in a box since. I couldn't find a pic to verify, but the hat appears to be more than just tourist souvenir. Leather sweat embossed with the Olympic's Logo and Levi's brand; the factory label indicates Levi's may have sub-contracted Optimo as the manufacturer. Or maybe that's just the "style" name. Monte Cristo weave, but no mention of type of straw or country of origin.

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That crease is not a fold line nor is the hat associated with the store Optimo of Chicago. That is an Optimo style crease and it's a characteristic of a traditional block used to form Panama hats:
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I believe the white color is due to a bleaching process used during the construction of the hat.

Good time to buy during the straw off-season. Nice get!
 
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I've been grabbing straw hats for decades, cheaper the better, because I live at the beach. The last couple of years, since I started getting into felts, I've been looking for nice 'around the town' summer straws (as opposed to beach lids), especially a nice Panama. I found a toquilla straw of the Cuenca style (herringbone weave), but it had a cheap sweat band and was cracked at the pinch. Then I picked up one that had the look I wanted (downward brim all around) and a leather sweat, but it was Shantung and shellacked. It has some vents so it breathes a little, but it's weird to wear such a stiff hat, even though it looks good (Larry Mahan brand). Lastly, I also been trying to find one with the crease down the middle. I think I got it now.
View attachment 584936
Above pic is not the hat I bought, but representative (same make and model) -- to show that odd crease down the front. Apparently that's 'the fold' line. But this hat has a leather sweat, so it is only an affectation, it can't be folded and rolled. OK by me. I think I'll work the brim to have a fedora snap look (raised in rear, down in front). I don't think this one gets a pinch, either.
Here's the actual hat I purchased:
View attachment 584940
Be cooler if it was white, but that's alright. Also, comes with a story. Seller says it was only worn once, in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics when Team USA marched in during the opening ceremonies, and been in a box since. I couldn't find a pic to verify, but the hat appears to be more than just tourist souvenir. Leather sweat embossed with the Olympic's Logo and Levi's brand; the factory label indicates Levi's may have sub-contracted Optimo as the manufacturer. Or maybe that's just the "style" name. Monte Cristo weave, but no mention of type of straw or country of origin.

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The style is called optimo or colonial. It’s a classic style
For Panama hats and one that I like more and more. Good looking Panama hat.
 

Granville

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Thanks Brent and OldF. Can't beat the knowledge base here at the lounge. As for the story about the athletes wearing these lids on parade, I found video of both the opening and closing ceremonies and nobody was wearing anything looking like this. Still, it appears to be a quality hat. I'll post again in the New Hats thread when I get it in hand and let you know if it's covered in varnish or otherwise not what it seems to be.
 
Beater Optimos -- is that a thing? I guess when they get to this state you have to call them "Oprimos".

I'm hoping the extra hair I'm sporting will allow these size 7-5/8 hats to fit without much added padding.

And who knew that Minnesota is ten times farther away in the Winter? I'm a bit worried about the shipping from that distance. ;)

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Also won this Mallory (but it is 7-1/4).

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