Curated Fall Looks 2014

There’s a hat for every season, as you’ve no doubt seen on our Spring 2013 and 2014 posts, and our fall looks post last month. While spring and summer are all about light linens, Panama hats, and the like, fall and winter are dominated by thick fabrics, layering that allows for playful textures. Take a look at these looks that we’ve compiled and our takes on a few hats from us that will help you nail the perfect fall look.

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Starting things off light, this early-fall look couples a wool sweater with a white linen over shirt that helps pull things together in a refined, comfortable look for looking at the leaves turn. For a comparable hat, try our Dobbs Woodmere Wool Felt Fedora

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Always classic, the Indiana Jones Last Crusader Fedora takes on a look more attuned with French and Italian fashion than it’s name lends it to too. Rest assured, this hat can be dressed down OR up, as evidenced by this picture.

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Straight from the Don Draper style book, this 60’s-era look comes from a time when a man’s 3-piece suit may as well have been considered a 4-piece, as it was simply incomplete without the proper hat. The overcoat on top of the blazer is perfect for keeping your warm on your morning commute to the office, and our Stetson Eagle Fur Felt Fedora will keep you warm up top.

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While the fall and early winter certainly give you some leeway on the types of jackets you will put on, when it just gets too cold for denim, a thick, warm jacket of wool and leather will keep the chill off. Seen here worn over a thick sweater, the look is perfect for layering when you arrive at your destination. Coupled with a warm, wide brimmed wool hat, such as our Stetson Raven Fur Felt Fedora.

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Sometimes you only need to keep your most cold-sensitive areas warm to stay comfortable on a brisk, but not frigid day. This double breasted suit is set off by a loud, red scarf bundled tight to set this look one step ahead of all-business. Worn with a similarly styled wool Bailey of Hollywood Barr Lanolux.

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Sometimes a winter jacket needs to keep you warm AND make a statement. This fur jacket coupled a take on a Stetson Runabout Travel Fur Felt Fedora is the perfect mix of styles.

 

all photos credit http://www.thesartorialist.com 

For more winter and fall hat styles, see our fall/winter section here: Fall and Winter Hats

‘Justified’ to End It’s 6 Season Run Next Year

‘Justified’, the FX series starring and produced by Timothy Olyphant will conclude its run after next years 6th season.

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The series has followed Deputy U.S. Deputy Marshall Raylan Givens, a sort of modern day throwback to old west lawmen, relocated back to his hometown of Harlan County, Kentucky. While the series gained a huge following since it’s debut in 2010, show star and co-producer Tim Olyphant said the decision to end the show came about because he and the producers thought that the story arc throughout the series could be completely satisfied in 6 seasons, and didn’t want the show to become stale.

Iconic to Givens and rarely seen without it is his Stetson hat, seen here:

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‘Justified’ star Raylan Givens wearing a Stetson Marshall 4X Western Hat

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Raylan Givens with season 3 character Ellstin Limehouse, wearing a take on a Scala Grade 3 Panama

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Stetson Marshall 4X Western Hat

Olyphant, no stranger to playing shows and characters with a western feel, previously acted on HBO’s Deadwood, as Sherriff and store owner Seth Bullock, seen here in a homburg-style hat: deadwood_the_complete_series_31

Parliament/Funkadelic’s George Clinton Publishes Memoir

Nearly 50 years after the introduction of the funk-music collective dubbed P-Funk in the 1960’s, George Clinton’s memoir, titled “BROTHAS BE, YO LIKE GEORGE, AIN’T THAT FUNKIN’ KINDA HARD ON YOU?”, is a collection of stories, anecdotes, and Clinton’s own musings on life and music.

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Known for their wild live performances, genre-bending funk, and incredible musicianship, P-Funk, as it came to be known, was the brainchild of George Clinton, along with a large stable of talented musicians including Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, and Eddie Hazel.

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Over the years, Clinton and company are most notably recognized by their psycadelic stage-costumes, including Clinton’s iconic techni-color hair. In recent years, Clinton has sported a number of hats and fedoras, and in honor of the release of his new memoir, here are a few of the hats Clinton has been spotted wearing over the years:

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Bailey of Hollywood Cloyd Wool Fedora

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Bailey of Hollywood Thurman Straw Fedora

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Dobbs Fur Felt Nitro Fedora

Cowboy Hats: Myths and Superstition

Historically, cowboy hats have been used for many things. Cowboy hats descended from similar wide brimmed, tall-crown hats of different varieties since as early as the 13th century. But the Cowboy hat popular in the American west is a true icon and has a lot of interesting lore that surrounds it. Did you know that it’s bad luck to lay your hat on your bed? The sport of rodeo has attributed to many of the myths, so here are some of the superstitions and myths that came to surround this great American icon.


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1.) Laying Your Hat on Your Bed Will Bring Bad luck.

It’s hard to say where this one originated, but it’s safe to say that it has permeated Western and cowboy culture thoroughly. According to the superstition, placing your hat on your bed brings general bad luck to the owner of the hat. It’s said that rodeo cowboys will avoid doing this at all costs, because they believe they will lose their next rodeo if they receive the myths bad luck.

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Stetson Grant New Frontier Western Hat

2.) Never Change the Name of Your Horse

Once a horse’s name is set, it should never be changed. This is the saying on many ranches across the US. If the horses name is changed at any point, bad luck will come across that horse.

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Stetson Seneca Buffalo Fur Felt Western Hat

3.) Laying Your Hat Upside-Down

Having a proper hat box is essential for storing your cowboy hat. As the superstition goes, your hat should be stored with the opening facing up, so as to “catch luck” inside of it. Alternatively, laying your hat with the opening down allows all the luck to fall out. This myth has roots in rodeo culture as well, as you need all the luck you can take before competing. Stetson and Resistol provide sturdy, branded boxes that store your hat in this manner!

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Stetson Griffin 100X Premier Western Hat

4.) Wear Two Different Colored Socks in the Ring

You’ have to have a certain amount of luck every time you jump on a rodeo bull, no matter how skilled you are. This one is about pure luck. It is said that if you wear two different colored socks, you’re better off than wearing a matching pair.

 

Kingsman: The Secret Service – On Samuel L. Jackson and Hats

There is perhaps no more recognizable actor/celebrity hat pairing than Samuel L. Jackson and Kangol. Since his debut on the film scene, Jackson is one of the reasons Kangol is the household name it is today.

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Samuel L. Jackson’s new film, Kingsman: The Secret Service, co-starring Colin Firth and based off of a graphic novel of the same name, is about a secret agent veteran who takes a young protege under his wing.

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Recently, Samuel L. Jackson teamed up with Kangol and produced his own line of hats. Here’s a small selection of Jackson’s hats and Kangol’s he has worn over the years:

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KANGOL Samuel L. Jackson P2i Golf Tropic 504 Ventair

As seen in the first picture, THE quintessential Samuel L. Jackson Kangol Cap, produced in his signature style.

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KANGOL Seamless Wool 507

Similar to the previous hat, this model features a slightly tighter, sleeker body. Made out of seamless wool to keep the heat in, perfect for fall.

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KANGOL Furgora Casual

Bucket hats have blown up this year, and this KANGOL is no exception. This faux-fur blend is a fall and winter take on a bucket hat, featuring all the warmth you except from a winter hat in all the style of summer.

colinfirth As seen in the Kingsman: The Secret Service trailer, seen here is a take on this KANGOL cap:

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KANGOL Tropic Ventair Spacecap

Oktoberfest: Hats, History, Beer

Oktoberfest is a 16-day long festival that runs from late September to early October. Oktoberfest has a long, long history, beginning in Munich Germany, where the official festival is still held to this day. Oktoberfest began in 1810 initially to celebrate the marriage of Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Since then, Oktoberfest has evolved and expanded, with nearly 6.5 million attendees in 2013 and being unofficially celebrated in countries around the world.

In quintessential Oktoberfest fashion, traditional garb consists of a pant/shorts/suspenders hybrid called Lederhosen, and a traditional Bavarian hat called a Tirolerhüte. We’ve collected a few of the best examples of the Tirolerhüte here, and towards the end you’ll see a few of our best options for wearing to your next Oktoberfest celebration.

 

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The tufts of hair on traditional Oktoberfest hats are a throwback to goat hair tufts placed on original Bavarian hats that signified wealth.

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BEER. Last year, the official Oktoberfest in Munich served more than 6.7 million liters of it!

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Beer served at Oktoberfest stick to a strict set of guidelines. It must be brewed in Munich and there are only 6 breweries allowed to brew official Oktoberfest beer.

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These hats may look like they fit more in Hogwart’s than Munich, but they still fit in at Oktoberfest.

Here are a few similar options from our site to get you started:

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Bailey of Hollywood Yates Litefelt Fedora

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Stetson Dorset Fur Felt Fedora

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Stetson On Assignment Fur Felt Fedora

Cov-Ver Hats now known as Conner Hats – New Name, Same Great Quality

Recently you may have noticed a change on our site with Cov-Ver brand hats. We still carry their whole line of authentic outback, straw, and felt hats that they are well known for, but their name has changed. Now known as Conner Hats, the name change has a lot to do with their history as a family-owned company and their commitment to providing the highest quality hat they can.

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Rewind about 50 years: BC Hats began in the late-60’s, early-70’s when Bill Conner (hence BC) moved to Byron Bay in Australia and began producing authentic, quality Aussie Outback-style hats. The BC Hats name was attached at first to one, simple, classic hat. The Stockman, as it’s referred to, was Australia’s first all-leather hat with a shapeable brim.

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BC Hats Stockman Outback Hat

It was when Bill Conner’s son, Will Conner, extended the family business and began not only distributing BC Hats in the United States, but also coming up with his own designs and hats under the name Cov-Ver hats.


“I was deciding what to call my own hat brand and add these to my BC Hat distribution. I considered our family name Conner but I wasn’t sure if I could create as good a quality hat as my dad and at that time I didn’t want the pressure of living up to the family name. I decided on Cov-ver Hats, which turned out very well.”.


However, this year Will Conner is confident that his hats can bare the Conner family name. So while Cov-Ver hats name has changed, the quality and attention to detail put in all hats is better than ever. Here are a few of the designs that has made Cov-Ver and now Conner a household name along with the original BC Hats.

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Conner Wool Felt Crushable Outback Hat

This wool-felt take on the traditional Aussie-leather outback hat that made BC Hats famous. This version by Conner is made of a crushable wool-felt material that can be packed away in a bag or suitcase.

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Conner Wool Felt Shapeable Western Hat

This wool-felt western-styled hat is waterproof, with a shapeable brim, and that easily recognizable western-cowboy style and a leather hatband.

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Conner Sewn Braid Toyo Floppy Hat

Styled in the same way as the quintessential sun-hats you’ve seen on the beach, at music festivals, or hiking on a hot day. The super-wide brims of straw hats like these are perfect for keeping the sun off of your most UV sensitive spots: your face and neck.

 

Gearing up for Halloween, 2014

While Halloween may be a good month and some change away, the reminders of the holiday seem to come earlier and earlier. The arrival of giant bags of candy in stores, pumpkin flavored beer – er, really pumpkin flavored everything, and of course, Halloween costumes showing up in stores. But while plastic Captain America suits and cheap latex Ninja Turtles masks may work for the younger set, you want something that’s believable, quality, and will last long enough that you won’t even need to think of a costume next year.

We’ve rounded up a few of our best hat pairings to pull off your Halloween look this year.

 

1.) Indiana Jones

Of course the old standby costume of Indiana Jones is popular. It’s easy to put together, always a crowd pleaser, and is uncumbersome enough that if you need to drop the whip and bomber-jacket later in the late, it’s still recognizable. For this look, any type of beige or white safari-style shirt, coupled with brown pants will work. Throw in a prop (or real) bullwhip and bomber-jacket if you’re feeling up to it. And of course, the hat:

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Indiana Jones Last Crusader Crushable Fedora

2.) Heisenberg

While you’ve no doubt seen more than your share of Heisenbergs, Walter White’s and Jesse’s at costume parties over the last 5 years, there’s a reason they are popular, and what better way to send off the show that ended around the same time a year ago? Like the Indy Costume, the Heisenberg is easy to put together with mainly regular clothes, and of course the iconic hat. A black felted pork-pie hat.

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3.) Jay Gatsby

With the success of the Great Gatsby movie in 2013, last years Halloween no doubt saw it’s fair share of Gatsby’s. But who says there’s a statute of limitations on Halloween costumes? Especially considering the original work, the book, is nearly 90 years old!

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4.) Abraham Lincoln

Sure, Halloween costumes usually follow one of three descriptors: scary, pop culture worthy, or ironic. So you could ironically go as Nixon, or George W., or a zombie version of pretty much any president, but why not go as one of our most important political icons? Couple this top-hat with a corn cob pipe, a fake or real beard, and a coat with some long tails on it and you’ve got yourself a costume.

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Bailey Big Zwey Top Hat

5.) John Wayne/Marlboro Man/Generic Cowboy

Here’s one that’s a Halloween staple for kids and adults alike: The cowboy. Not only can this versatile costume be thrown together with pretty basic thrift store finds, but it’s context can change depending on the event! At a party with movie buffs or a lot of pop culture costumes? You’re John Wayne. Catch yourself outside with the smoking crowd? You’re the Marlboro Man. Any way you want to swing this one, there’ll be no doubt what you are. And what better hat to pull it off with than John Wayne’s signature Resistol Peacemaker?

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Resistol John Wayne Peacemaker 4X

Wide-Brimmed Hats for Health

The summer months of shorts and tank tops are inundated with warnings about wearing enough sunscreen and keeping your skin protected from the harsh UV rays of the sun. But as fall rolls in, we often forget that UV rays are just as strong and our most sensitive skin areas are often left unprotected and vulnerable to skin cancer. Here are some suggestions to keep yourself protected year round.


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Every year around this time, we start to see the signs: that first cool breeze blowing away the August heat, the sun leaves the horizon earlier and earlier, and pumpkin-spiced everything is abound. Autumn is coming, beach trips are ending, and while we’re covering up more with sweaters and pants to escape the cold, the threat of the harsh UV rays of the sun are as relevant as ever.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the majority of skin cancers occur on the face, head, and neck. These are also the areas most likely to remain exposed during winter months. For many, the sunscreen gets packed away with the beach gear until next year, but on top of a proper SPF sunscreen, there are a few things you can do in the winter to protect your skin.

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1.) Because an added threat to sun exposure in the winter is UV rays reflecting off of snow, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend reducing time in the sun entirely. If possible, spend a portion of your time outside in the shade.

2.) Sunglasses with proper lenses that block both UVA and UVB rays will protect your eyes from the sun. *NOTE* It is advisable to buy proper sunglasses from a reputable dealer, to ensure the lenses actually do block UVA and UVB rays. Improper lenses can actually allow more harmful rays to hit your eyes than wearing no sunglasses at all!

3.) Wear a wide brimmed hat. This is one of the easiest and most convenient ways you can protect the skin on your face and neck if you don’t have suncreen handy. Wearing hats for sun protection is a trend that goes way back, and was part of the reason the cowboy-hat was made as wide as it was. A hat with at least a 3″ brim will shade the most sensitive skin you have while you face the sun outside. Here are a few selections from our store that fit the bill:

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Indiana Jones Alligator Band Fedora

This crushable, wool-felt fedora has a 3″ brim for maximum sun protection. The water-repellant fur felt will keep you dry in the snowiest conditions in winter, and when you need to pack it away, the crushable material allows it to be stored in a suitcase or book bag and pop right back in to shape easily.

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Stetson Catera Fur Felt Gun Club 5X Fedora

Another outback-styled hat, this Stetson has it all. Made out of a fur and wool-felt blend, with a real leather band and teardrop shape. With a 3 1/4″ brim, there is plenty of sun and wind coverage for this cold autumn and winter days and nights.

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Stetson Lilly Wide Brimmed Fedora 

The Stetson Lilly, and wide, floppy-brim hats have become more and more popular in recent years. This years New York Fashion Week featured many iterations of this type of hat and while their style can’t be denied, the 4″ brim ensures harmful sun rays will be.

Brand Spotlight: Resistol Hats

For sheer brand recognition strictly among enthusiasts of cowboy hats and all things western, there is perhaps none more recognizable then the Resistol Hats company. Beginning in the early 1920’s, Resistol Hats was founded by an investment in to a hat-maker named Harry Rolnick, with one mission: creating quality hats that could resist-all weather. resistol-header Resistol Hats were originally manufactured in Dallas, TX. Hats initially were strictly sold in Oklahoma and Texas, until demand exceeded the capacity of their originally facility, and they moved to Garland, TX, home to another hat manufacturer by the name of the Stetson Hat Company.

From start to finish, the homegrown hat making process for Resistol Hats

Resistol’s move to Garland provided the company the opportunity to keep in Texas all 200+ processes that go in to the making of a Resistol hat. They are currently one of the only hat companies in the United States to outsource virtually none of the work that goes in to its products, ensuring an extremely high bar of quality control. RWRNHD-724220_9 (1)

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To this day, Resistol hats are still made by hand in the USA in their Garland, TX facility. The fur and wool are blended in house, hat bodies are crafted, trim pieces are carefully sewn on, leather bits are cut and fitted, and each hat goes through several rounds of quality assurance before being OK’d to be sent out for delivery.

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Beyond making quality hats, Resistol is involved in all aspects of western and cowboy life, sponsoring bull riders for Professional Bull Riding. It’s no wonder that celebrities from Ronald Reagan to John Wayne chose Resistol as their hat of choice.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ronald Reagan seen in a similarly styled Resistol NRA Shooter B Wool Felt

 

 

 

 

 

 

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John Wayne seen in a similarly styled Resistol John Wayne Peacemaker

 

 

 

 

Check out our collection of Resistol hats here.

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