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Artist Spotlight: Bruno Mars

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Bruno Mars @ Warehouse Live – by Brothers Le – https://www.flickr.com/photos/brothersle/5206858671/

You can’t turn on the radio these days without hearing the familiar bass drop and plucky guitar of “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. While the song was released late in 2014, it’s upbeat, summery-feel, that sounds like it came straight from the playbook of Prince or Stevie Wonder. However, even the ubiquity of “Uptown Funk” doesn’t surpass the thing Bruno Mars has become even more known for in pop-culture: his ever present fedora.
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Artists and music icons usually have an easier time getting away with certain fashion styles, accessories, and headwear – they’re sort of expected to do and wear things outside of the norm. However, Mars effortlessly styles his hats with an array of dressed up and dressed down looks that are achievable by anyone, but it all comes down to having the right hat. Mars seems to prefer traditional fedora shapes in either a front-pinch or center dent crown, with a rather wide brim. Here are a few styles Mars has sported and some options that will get you uptown funk-ing in no time.

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For this brown, fur-felt hat Mars is seen sporting here, we like the Stetson Eagle for it’s simple style, mid-length brim, and ability to wear the brim flat, or upturned.

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bruno_4Another staple of Mars growing hat collection is this black, wool-felt hat with plain lines and a center pinch on the front. We like the Dobbs Fur Felt Dayton for its wide-brim and simple, raw-edge brim.

 

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Brand Spotlight: Bailey Hat Company

Since 1922, the Bailey Hat Company has operated under one simple principle: making the best hat possible. Founder George Bailey realized early on that the influence of the hat, be it the dressy fedora, or western cattleman hat was widespread and pervasive, particularly through the burgeoning  motion picture scene. It was this realization that led Bailey to open up shop in Los Angeles, CA and begin producing hats that would become iconic and larger than life. Early movie stars from Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, best known for the ubiquitous presence of their head wear, both sported Bailey hats in various films of theirs.

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Shortly thereafter, Bailey of Hollywood and Bailey Western boomed, providing hats for Hollywood’s stars, whose cultural spread lent Bailey Hats a hand in becoming a nationally renowned brand.bailey

Eventually, Bailey moved their factory to Adamstown, PA where they were afforded a larger space, where they remain to this day, with most of the Bailey Hats collection still being producing in the USA.

Here’s a tour of the American manufacturing that goes in to Bailey hats in Adamstown:

 

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“He catered directly to the needs of the “New West” by outfitting southern California ranchers, businessman, oil tycoons, and movie stars with the ‘best hat possible,’ ” Bailey Hat Company

 

Since then, the Bailey Hat Company has produced new styles every season, some throwbacks to old classics such as the Bogart and Gable style models. Here are a few of our most popular Bailey Hats that include these old staples and brand new models for the season.

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Bailey of Hollywood Bendrix Striped Braid Fedora

 

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similar style: Bailey of Hollywood Endell Ivy Cap

 

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Bailey of Hollywood Compson Litestraw

 

 

 

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Bailey of Hollywood Jimson

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New York Fashion Week 2014

Fashion week kicked off this year on September 4th in New York City. The annual show attracts thousands of spectators, models, designers, and bloggers/writers in one of the biggest events in fashion in the world. The notoriously fashion-forward event is known for bucking trends and pushing the envelope in all things fashion and this year is no different.

While some of the looks fashion week is known to push out may push the border of taste a little too far for the average person, such as these numbers:

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NYFW is still the go-to place for designers to be seen. Here’s a small collection of looks that show NYFW can blend timeless, classic styles, with a modern spin.

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A white fedora is the perfect match for a bold, bright suit. All White Fedoras

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wide brimmed, floppy fedoras perfect for all seasons. Try our brand new Stetson Lilly

 

 

 

 

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Wide brimmed, floppy fedoras perfect for all seasons. Try our brand new Stetson Lilly

 

 

 

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Looking Forward to Fall: A Brief History of the Flat Cap

The flat cap, ivy cap, driver cap, all are names for the same type of head wear that’s become an increasingly popular alternative to the baseball cap in the last several years. The history of these types of caps can be traced back to England as far back as the 1400’s. Working class British and Irishmen wore rough, wool flat caps, while caps made of finer materials such as silk and cashmere were worn by upper-crust golfers and country-clubbers.stw85-char-2_4

The hats made their debut in the Americas with these same British and Irish immigrants who came through Ellis Island. Soon, the flat cap took on two new identies, becoming known as the driving cap, synonymous with taxi-cab drivers in New York and New England, and the ivy cap, due to it’s relation with the Ivy League schools of New England.

Lately, the flat cap resurgence has become sort of a mid-point between ultra-casual baseball caps, and dressier fedora style hats. It’s a piece of headwear that shows you’re putting thought in to what you wear, but you’re not trying to make as bold a statement as a fedora. Here are a few looks that show the versatility of the flat cap in the 21st century.

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A quintessential flat cap look, the tweed suit, wool cap pairing is an homage to the leather-elbow-patched Ivy professor while the casual-chinos give the look a proper edge.

Our best bet: Stetson Gatsby Wool Bandera Ivy Cap

 

 

 

 

 

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Along the same lines as the previous cap, this look goes a step further with wool dress slacks, for the full Ivy professor in December loo.

Our best bet: Stetson Welbach Wool Ivy Cap

 

 

 

 

 

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Fall weather usually means it’s time to start layering again. Warm days start giving way to brisk nights come September and October so it’s always good to have a sweater to pull over when the time is right. For this casual but put together look, a wool sweater over a flannel shirt pairs nicely with a gray wool flat cap, and the earth tones are perfect for a fall evening.

Our best bet: Henschel 6/4 Duckbill Herringbone Ivy Cap

 

 

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Looking Back: 2014 Triple Crown

horses_2 The passing of the Belmont Stakes race left thousands of fans disappointed when Triple Crown front runner California Chrome missed his shot at becoming the first U.S. horse to win all three races in the series since 1978. However, despite Chrome’s loss at Belmont, this years Triple Crown proved one of the most exciting in years.

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And who could forget the second most exciting part that horse-race season brings? The hats! If you followed our blog in the past, you’ll remember our Kentucky Derby Fashion Guide. This year proved no different as race day fashion, funky hats and classy fedoras were abound.

Most notably, California Chrome owner Steve Coburn was known as much for his underdog horse as for his signature Stetson. Coburn seems to be sporting a Stetson Range Classic Western Hat with the feather removed, or possibly a Stetson Deadwood 3X Wool Collection Hat. Either way, Coburn is a Stetson man through and through.

Belmont Stakes 2014(California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn wearing his Stetson. photo cred bleacherreport.com)

Floppy sun-hats are also a race-day staple, as evidenced here. For a wide-array of sun hats that we carry, check out our Sun and Beach Hats.

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Other hat styles include your basic fedora styles, along with the narrow-brimmed straw fedora seen here (credit edgar). For fans of this style of hat, check out our KANGOL Heritage Buckle Arnold Fedora

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Traditionally, mens hats for events like this one also include Gatsby-style boater hats, such as this one:

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Christys’ of London Hemp Braid Boater Hat

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Spring Hat Styles 2014

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Winter was long and harsh this year, thanks in no part to the extra six weeks we had to endure due to Punxsutawney Phil seeing his shadow back in February. With any luck, the first day of spring will mark the end of the polar-vortex and snowpocalypse much of the U.S. faced over the past few months. Here are some breezy, spring-styles to get you in the mood to ditch the bulky winter-gear and get in to something lighter and cooler.

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On the left, we have a classic look that you may remember from our previous Spring Style Guide 2013. A navy blazer pairs well with almost anything, giving a smart-casual look perfect for the spring weather when temperatures may drop unexpectedly. Here, the blazer is paired with a panamas-style hat for an effortless mild-weather look. Our Scala Grade 3 Panama Hat is a picture-perfect take on this look.

On the right, one of our most popular styles of women’s hats is a wide brimmed sun hat. It is the perfect way to achieve a casual, beachy look whether you’re vactioning in New York or San Diego. The Cov-Ver Women’s Wide Brim Wool Hat that we offer has a flowy, slightly less-rigid brim than the model.

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Proving that the Panama is not just a style specifically for men, both of these women incorporate the Panama in perfect spring-leading-into-summer style.

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The quintessential spring/prep/Gatsby style on the left is perfect for a day at the horse-track or Easter parade/festival. On the left, our Christys of London Hemp Braid Boater Hat is a perfect match to complete your Gatsby look. The Easter bonnet inspired hat on the right can best be interpreted via a traditional cloche, such as this Betmar Adelina.

On the right, the spring-like salmon colored suit matched with a grey, wool fedora is the perfect transition from the cold winter to sunny spring. Try our Dobbs Main Street Woodmere Fedora to complete this look.

 

 

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