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That's a nice one...and it looks pristine! It's one of those hats that tops my bucket list, along with an actual Stratoliner that I haven't cloned from a conversion. Yup. I like it!

It doesn't get much better than that, Alan. Splendid.

Ooooo, I really like that one. But I say that about all your hats.

Thank you guys. Borsalino, to my mind and head, made the most enjoyable iteration of the Open Road style - soft, formable, impeccably finished. I love each of my thin ribbons. Just love the Borsos a little bit more.
 

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Today wearing my Art Fawcett Milan.
I wore a straw hoping to coax the sunshine out. sunshine wasn't having any of that. Clouds rolled in and it started to rain. So I spent my lunch hour at my desk catching up on some ZZZzzz.
 

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Barbecue, beer and a whiskey coloured hat; life's not so bad after all, Alan.

It told me so, Max. Didn't I tell you I'm a hat whisperer?
Some of the more prolific German manufacturers, like Mayser and Wegener, produced a great many hats under various brands, probably on contract for wholesale companies or large retailers. Usually these were brought on the market under "posh" sounding names, like Windsor, Princeton, Carlton or under the retailers'house brand name. This one was sold through Konen Bekleidingshaus of Munich. And the label used with the distinct blue border isn't something we see on hats made in other countries. So it all adds up to the conclusion it's German made.

Good to see you, John. It's not Coleridge or Tennyson, but Mom can be proud!


Saved the best for last, eh? Exceptional looking felt. Wow!


Nice!


I'm looking at both the hats and the collection of face masks on display these days, David. I like both! Cool pics as always.


Great Gannon, Eric. Love these colours.

Yes! Always a joy to see that one, Michael.


Whoa, that's some crown on that hat, Perry. Impressive.

Thank you, Stefan
 

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Thanks, Michael. The ribbon is indeed on of its attractions.


Nice to see the Portis out again, Michael Works well with the suit.


What's with these green hats all of a sudden?;) Looks good on her I must say. The colour of your hat is much better though.:)


Let's face it, you need more of them.

Thanks, Steve. That's my guess as well.


My appreciation for these hats grows the more I see of them. Works of art. The blue pug gives it a nice "spring" feel, Mike.


It's gorgeous, Bill. The ribbon is perfect, but looks to be somewhat vulnerable?


Thanks, Joe. So do I!


My eyes! My eyes!:eek: Why would anyone make a perfectly good hat and decide to make it green?:D
I see the beard is gone, Max.
It was never really a beard, I found out. But I had often wondered if I could grow one
 

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Thank you guys. Borsalino, to my mind and head, made the most enjoyable iteration of the Open Road style - soft, formable, impeccably finished. I love each of my thin ribbons. Just love the Borsos a little bit more.
Someone gave me a vintage thin ribbon Borsa that needed a lot of TLC....it was in pretty rough shape and was missing the sweat band. The felt, though, was still nice. Anyway, I attempted to reblock it two sizes larger to a 7 1/4 to fit me. I lost so much brim width in the size up that I decided it wasn't worth my effort to go any further with it. I still kept it as a reminder to how superior vintage felt was. So much better than anything made today. Felting is a long lost art. I came close to having a thin ribbon Borsa but it just didn't work out for me. The felt on that Borsa was every bit the way you described it.
 

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Greetings All:
Today...i wasn’t going to post this today because the light wouldn’t highlight the rich color and sparkle of this wonderful Borsalino which is it’s unique quality. This iteration is the Angora finish Gorasgu which is vastly different then some other Gorasgu models that seem to all be lovely.
i did manage to catch a little sparkle.
Be well and safe.
Bowen
 

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View attachment 234410 View attachment 234411 View attachment 234412 View attachment 234413 View attachment 234416 Greetings All:
Today...i wasn’t going to post this today because the light wouldn’t highlight the rich color and sparkle of this wonderful Borsalino which is it’s unique quality. This iteration is the Angora finish Gorasgu which is vastly different then some other Gorasgu models that seem to all be lovely.
i did manage to catch a little sparkle.
Be well and safe.
Bowen

Holy smoke!! Bucket list hat!
 

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OK, so I finished up on my idea for the latest logo (of mine). The way I have it setup the following can have their own colors.

1: All the lettering.
2: fedora color
3: ribbon color

The logo itself is 3.24" by 2.83".

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So for a red shirt I just ordered I went with Navy Blue lettering, a Grey fedora, and Burgundy ribbon. It should look like this when completed. I'll post a picture of the polo when I receive it.

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Hey, that looks really sharp, Bill! Can we get the red-slate color???

Seriously, I'd be interested in a shirt or two like that.
 

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View attachment 234410 View attachment 234411 View attachment 234412 View attachment 234413 View attachment 234416 Greetings All:
Today...i wasn’t going to post this today because the light wouldn’t highlight the rich color and sparkle of this wonderful Borsalino which is it’s unique quality. This iteration is the Angora finish Gorasgu which is vastly different then some other Gorasgu models that seem to all be lovely.
i did manage to catch a little sparkle.
Be well and safe.
Bowen
Grand!
 

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View attachment 234410 View attachment 234411 View attachment 234412 View attachment 234413 View attachment 234416 Greetings All:
Today...i wasn’t going to post this today because the light wouldn’t highlight the rich color and sparkle of this wonderful Borsalino which is it’s unique quality. This iteration is the Angora finish Gorasgu which is vastly different then some other Gorasgu models that seem to all be lovely.
i did manage to catch a little sparkle.
Be well and safe.
Bowen
That’s awesome man. Is it bad that I want to play with it
 
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Day 11 of 31 Hat Parade: Went on a drug run this morning. Not quite the same as it used to be though. Vitamins and flax seed oil for the folks, and other sundries, nothing illegal. Today was a first wearing of my Salvatore Ferragamo navy brogue oxfords. Another stray from Ebay, $850 shoes for $30 bucks! Grabbing an appropriate colored hat, I chose the Lee's of London 1950s fedora. This one has a beautiful bordello liner which I like very much. I had Mike Miller convert the brim to a whip stitch so it could be shaped like a true fedora with a "snap brim".

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Knox Flying Cloud

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Knox Flying Cloud - Grey
4 1/2 crown as bashed
2 inch grosgrain ribbon
1 3/4 brim with Custom Edge (Cavanagh)

I bought this Knox Flying Cloud because of it’s very cool Flying Cloud liner which depicts the sailing cutter The Flying Cloud which set the world record for fastest sailing time from New York to San Francisco in 1854. A record held for over 150 years. This Flying Cloud is a very soft supple felt and a beautiful grey color. I have kept this one in what I assume is it’s factory crease with subtle side dents as it really seems to suit this hat. This beautiful hat with its short Cavanagh edge brim originally sold for $18.50 and came with the cool red Knox pin.

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I recently picked up one of these in brown also With the Flying Cloud liner.
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Day 11 of 31 Hat Parade: Went on a drug run this morning. Not quite the same as it used to be though. Vitamins and flax seed oil for the folks, and other sundries, nothing illegal. Today was a first wearing of my Salvatore Ferragamo navy brogue oxfords. Another stray from Ebay, $850 shoes for $30 bucks! Grabbing an appropriate colored hat, I chose the Lee's of London 1950s fedora. This one has a beautiful bordello liner which I like very much. I had Mike Miller convert the brim to a whip stitch so it could be shaped like a true fedora with a "snap brim".

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Beautiful beautiful Blue Mike!
 
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This week I will feature various shades of Grey German and Austrian Velours. Most will be from the 1930s.

Echter Rockel Velour, possibly late 1930s - 1940s. Originally new old stock. Really fantastic colors (felt, liner, ribbon) and a superb Velour finish. Rockel Alsfeld was unusual because they were a post WWI hat company. They were able to produce high quality Velour hats (and other hats) at a lower price which made them popular.

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Rockel "25 Years"

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A business one drives from without; but work is only where it is active for communication of reason from within.
-Paracelus

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THE FIRST HALF OF THE 20TH CENTURY

has all the features of the unusual. Two world wars, political upheavals greatest extent and bold foray, the human mind in previously barely glimpsed areas have changed the face of the world decisively. Mankind has entered the atomic age; immense forces her into the hand, and while they often endeavor despairing of greatness that lie ahead of her task is to overcome the terrible consequences of the last war, the issue is still not decided whether these forces for the destruction should find and destroy or to build and advance application, a curse or a blessing of all.

1925

Exactly in the middle of the first half of the century falls the foundation of the company. Mr. Rockel started his own business after his professional training with 24 years and founded on April 15, 1925 the company ROCKEL & CO. as a limited partnership.

Personally entertaining shareholders who Mr. Henry Rockel, limited partner Mr Albert Stein, who, however, already retired five years later from the company. As founding Alsfeld was chosen because here accidentally factory rooms, if, were also modestly available. It was started with five workers and increased the number of employees in the first year on 30th were made initially only hair stumps that were sold as semi-finished to the processing ladies hat industry. Particular difficulties lay in this, that, in Alsfeld not learned skilled workers were available, Mr. Rockel therefore each was obliged to teach in person.

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Personally entertaining shareholders who Mr. Henry Rockel, limited partner Mr Albert Stein, who, however, already retired five years later from the company. As founding Alsfeld was chosen because here accidentally factory rooms, if, were also modestly available. It was started with five workers and increased the number of employees in the first year on 30th were made initially only hair stumps that were sold as semi-finished to the processing ladies hat industry. Particular difficulties lay in this, that, in Alsfeld not learned skilled workers were available, Mr. Rockel therefore each was obliged to teach in person.

At the time of establishing strong competition prevailed, and who exceptionally hard to enforce for the company over the grofssen holdings of old hat industry. Nevertheless, the manufacturing space soon proved too small from. In 1929, therefore, the company moved to its current plant site.

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IN 1931 WAS THE MEN HAT - PRODUCTION added. In the following period, the company brought out a felt hat of special quality and iron had not yet been unknown price, which made its name on the hat gentlemen sector.

A branch operation in Frischborn, Krs. Lauterbach, was built in 1935 to there Tailoring perform the hair on their own. In the course of the year so that was the coarsest percentage needed in the hat factory hat substance manufactured Tailoring in your own hair. The achieved control of the precursor, which is essential for the breakdown of the qualities that a further important step in the direction of the company to its present importance.

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IN THE WAR YEARS was obliged fabrication of Füfslingen (Fur Felt Socks) and Fur Felt Gloves are included for the Wehrmacht. a hair was out Füfslingen (Fur Felt Socks)then through lengthy trials felt slipper developed which is particularly warm because of the high qualities of rabbit hair and on addition stylish and appealing could be designed.

POST-WAR YEARS
Demand for hat-manufactures was very great due to the failure of the supply from the East, the fabrication hand connected in the postwar period due to the absence of many products met considerable difficulties. In particular, the lack of spare parts supplies made äufserst unpleasantly. Since the hat machines factories without exception are in the east, was obliged to be a move to produce spare parts in the widest sense of self. To satisfy the strong demand in some measure, to know how the manufacturing premises were expanded considerably in recent years. The number of Fanned machines - decisive for the capacity of a hat factory - is the anniversary year seven. are currently employs more than 500 staff and workers.

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EXPORT

The hat made in the company brands found before the war abroad have strong appeal. Importing countries were substantially Holland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. The torn by war threads are war torn threads are tied up for the time since. So the export business with Holland has been initiated again. Other countries will follow.



Within this small, internal correspondence some BASIC REMARKS ABOUT THE HAT are allowed. Unerlaefslicher part of the well-dressed gentleman, he already enjoyed in ancient times especially attentive and loving attention. Pictures of old masters thus represent the man almost exclusively with hat represents the personality and weight Reprasentation confer and also the totality of man Stressing for the hat like no other garment icon was.

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The consciousness of this wholeness is gone today more or less lost us. Thus we see the disintegration of social ties and the associated dissolution of individuality in an existing as mere fiction "wholeness mass", the image of punishment if not dominate the hatless man as the visible expression of this phenomenon, but also change. Do we us right. people with rolled shirtsleeves there will always be. Those often sympathetic figures with wade avert convention and tradition are not interested here. the hatless gentleman in elegant double-breasted but is spiritually a torso, which is not up in the sense of dignity that is consciousness penetrated, at least but missed two lafst. Suave unit and with nuance unit of a neat, comprehensive the whole human lifestyle we speak pro domo we do not think an example will suffice:., imagine in addition to a clean, elegant and cultured woman - before a man without a hat - a lady in the original meaning of the word. Carelessness? Tactlessness? It is that sense of the wholeness of man to restore. Then the hat will be back more than mere headgear, namely expression increased vitality.

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In April 1950,

To our esteemed business friends!

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of our company we allow us inside to present a paper on the history of our company. We wish to express our heartfelt thanks for the confidence shown us in recent years. It will be our endeavor to justify this confidence in the future.

Yours

ROCKEL & CO.
 

Bill Hughes

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Hey, that looks really sharp, Bill! Can we get the red-slate color???

Seriously, I'd be interested in a shirt or two like that.
Let me get it in hand. I need to see if any adjustments need to be made to the design. Then I’ll get a list of shirt colors and thread colors for the logo. If there is enough interest I’ll place an order. But I’m sure we can get you what you want Doug. I believe there is something like 20 different shirt colors and probably more thread colors for the logo.
 

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Well Dressed Head hand woven Thai hemp cap with a Malaysian batik cloth face mask down the hill and along the coastal path on my daily Masked Corona Crawl today. The hemp cap is really just the thing for a windy day in the low 80s F.
The trades whip up the surf and things were quite choppy as I swam out well past the breakers, and still I had to pay attention for an odd breaking wave coming out of nowhere. Not too many bruddahs drove da pickup to da beach to surf today. Conditions were not good, and I hope some are back at work as we open up a bit from Stay
At Home, and transition to Safer At Home. The beaches are still only open for water exercise, but there are rarely big crowds at my local beach on this neighbor island, and these days it is deserted.
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