I am very much into finding information on the old German and Austrian hat companies especially the old hat production processes. As I mentioned I am really into old Austrian and German Velour dress hats like since 1930s Mayser (this is the pinnacle of hat making).
Breiter - German Hat Companies - Invision Power Board
What is sad is J. Zehme München Rathaus closed. Replaced by Prada! I also have many old hats from J. Zehme.
Aus nach 178 Jahren in der City: Hutmacher raus - Prada rein! - München - Abendzeitung München
Old Mayser Melone made for Johann Zehme München Rathaus.
Mayser Hutfabrik - Page 7 - German Hat Companies - Invision Power Board
Very nice material. We do not see these things here, but I find it all very interesting for the needed context.
It is really a shame that the era of the gentleman's hat has passed, be it fedora, derby, or pork-pie.
I really would have enjoyed wearing one back in my big-city days in the midwest (practical, too).
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I like vintage American made Stetsons myself.