The hat hath returned.
And no I’m not referring to the dinky trilbies that you can find at your local mall, nor that raggedy baseball cap in the back of your closet, I’m talking about an honest to God, grown man, make-Gay-Talese-proud fedora. At least for some, that is.
Some call it the Mad Men effect, some point to the revival of classic menswear, some simply chalk it up to pure foppishness, but whatever the reason may be, this (slight) chapeau renaissance has turned the spotlight back towards some illustrious accessories labels that have flown under the radar for far too long.
One such brand is Barbisio, which has been producing felt hats in the Cervo Valley in Northern Italy for over one-hundred-fifty years. Barbisio’s hats are made by hand, from pulling the wool, to soaking the felt, to shaping the hat, to setting the brim, to brushing the nape. It’s a meticulous process but the end result is a soft, pliable fedora, that is more Italian countryside than Madison Ave, which is a great thing, because you shouldn’t be dressing like Don Draper, you should dress like yourself. In a great hat.