As mentioned previously, hats and big bald heads go well together. This, of course, doesn’t mean that those with hair should go hatless, it just means that those without need to do something to keep the delicate flesh of the scalp out of the elements, and a hat is a dapper way to do just that. Whether with or whether without, a good hat is one of a mere handful of accessory options from which a man can choose to transform a look from commonplace to something quite inspired. Having a heap of versatile, timeless hats, the kind that go well with any number of clothing combinations, means that the choosing won’t be a chore and the end result will likely be a winner.
For those unfamiliar with Goorin Bros. the choosing isn’t exactly an easy task. This company makes hundreds of different hats in numerous shapes, sizes, colors and styles, so it may take a little while to sort out what fits your head, face, mood, and outfit. This can most easily be done by visiting one of their brick and mortar stores. For those of you familiar with Goorin Bros. as well as the kind of hat that suits you, a few clicks through their website could suffice.
For an idea of what you’d be getting yourself into, take a look at the following:
- G.G. - this 8 panel felt Gatsby that is as casual or formal as you happen to be feeling at the moment. Think: Old-school newsboy, or early twentieth century working man in a long overcoat out for pints with friends. Likely due to the leather panel in the sweatband, this hat runs a little small, but over time can be convinced to settle down exactly where you want it. The construction is flawless, the liner is beautiful, and the look is classic.
- Tony Diamonti - this three-panel ivy is my favorite of the three. Its low profile shape, fleet sides, and 1.5” brim are perfectly suited for adding a bit of panache to whatever outfit with which it’s paired. The darts along the top seams keep this hat tidy and smooth, and the polyester/rayon blend material out of which it is made means it is a hard hat to ruin. For me, at least, this Tony Diamonte is like a best friend in hat form.
- Hard Eye - this flatcap is another low-volume beauty from the Goorin Bros. Everyday collection that is ready for just about anything. Cold weather? No problem. This hat has built-in earflaps accented in a mini-herringbone pattern to keep you covered. When they are not needed, they can be folded up into or up and outside of the cap depending on your mood. This, like all the hats reviewed here, is a study in hat-making perfection.
For more information, or to make a purchase, click here. To lose yourself in a hat lover’s paradise, visit one of these Bay Area Goorin Bros. hat shops:
In the Haight - 1446 Haight Street
North Beach - 1612 Stockton St.
Union Square - 111 Geary St.
Berkeley - 2926 College Ave