Tuesday, March 15, 2011
I wrote a while ago about Canadian hatmaker Leon Drexler and the brown beaver felt lord's hat that proprieter Stephen Temkin is making for me. The hat is delayed a couple of weeks as Stephen was not happy with the brim on the first one, but after a bit of discussion we have selected the dark brown ribbon that will adorn the final version (that is the hat Stephen rejected in the photo).
A lord's hat of course is a homburg with an unbound brim, so it curls a little over time, and two bashes in the front of the crown. The changes make the hat a little more casual, in keeping with the color. And since I am considerably less hip than Stephen's other clients, the brim is a traditional 2 1/2" rather than the narrower version on the Düsseldorf model on his site.
A brown homburg of course is not very traditional in the first place. I will wear this one in urban settings from time to time but it is principally intended for open roof highway driving on sunny spring and fall days.
Hopefully, sartorial paradise will lie at the end of the journey.