Thursday, 21 May 2009

a tale of two cities

i've been looking for a summer hat for a while now, but none seems to quite tick all my boxes. i tried the below marc jacobs "specials" panama hat last weekend, whilst the price at US$34 was frivolous, i didn't like it as the outer ring (or what do you call it?!) was too big, making me look cow-boyish.


then i saw the below marc jacobs "specials" panama hat, which is just perfect in terms of material, size, color, everything. but it retails for US$225, as it is handmade in nyc.


oh panama you are indeed frivolous.

my hunt continues.


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9 comments:

  1. oh wow i like the white one!!
    and i've been looking for a summer hat too!

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  2. I love the second one and the word you are searching for is "brim".

    I think you'll score the second MJ hat on sale.

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  3. You should look at Still Life's website (http://www.stilllifenyc.com). I love their stuff. It's where I go for all my hat desires. They have a great selection.

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  4. i think of johnny depp's panama hat he wore he once upon a time in mexico, that was pretty much perfect.
    i think the outer rim is called the brim. ive seen these hats @ zara though, even check in the women's section.

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  5. why spend so much when you choose all sorts of designs from Asos? Unless brand is the more important thing?

    Remember, cheap and cheerful does it.

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  6. If you're after a smaller brim you're probably looking for a trilby rather than a panama.

    Anthony Peto the French milliner does so lovely summer hats - they are available in both Fenwicks on Bond Street or they have a couple of styles on Asos (which also has a very nice CDG straw hat at the moment) and come in at around £80-£90.

    I've just bought a couple of summer hats myself, this Paul Smith frayed edge linen trilby:

    http://www.paulsmith.co.uk/paul-smith-hats-338/paul-smith-hat-linen-trilby-a9xa-529g-h01-t/product.html?LproductId=16171

    and an eight piece linen Gatsby cap from Bates on Jermyn street which has a lovely large peak to keep the sun out out the eyes.

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  7. I don't know if is on your regular trail, but the City M&S (Fenchurch and Bishopsgate corner)has a wall full of summer hats, from fishing, to straw, to panama.

    It took me by surprize, but it shouldn't. If I'm not shopping at the deep end, M&S is a favourite.

    KOROK

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  8. luxuryobsessed: i think i might just wait for mj's sale!

    michael: you're the expert! i'll check out the paul smith ones. i don't mind spending a little bit more if it is classic and can last me for many summers ahead :)


    korok: that M&S is actually about 10mins away from my work place heh. i might drop by to have a look see, thanks :)

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what's he wearing?