Hatmaker Week 22, June 2019: Old Meets New. Homburg or not? Adventures to come.
Another month have come to pass. June is here with summer lagging a bit behind. Expecting temperatures rise within the coming days in Sweden. I remember listening to the weather forecast last week with snow in the north and rain in the south (I am in the south).
The final hats ordered in March have commenced, not all of them finished. I am bringing three into June, that’s how busy beginning of the year was. April was the same, if not more. I am working extra hours (if the day only had more than 24h) just to finish up as much as possible before I go on my only 2 week vacation of the year.
This week was a real flash back. I finished up an IVAR HOMBURG, completely in black color. Now, is this truly a Homburg? Originally, the Homburg, was a stiff wool hat with a single center crease with a bound edge. Anything other than that would be a variation with a different name. IVAR HOMBURG has more common with a hat called The Lord’s Hat, which is a style similar to Homburg but with a front pinch and a brim that is not always bound. I would not be surprised if The Lord’s Hat was a softer version of the Homburg. I made IVAR without a stiffened crown. It’s soft and pliable while the brim has a certain degree of stiffness to maintain the brim shape. Same goes for my SVEN HOMBURG, unless otherwise requested.
Below is an image comparison with a vintage Dunlap Superior Homburg (ca 1950s - 60s if not older) with a 2019 IVAR. The Dunlap is a smaller size and have collected a fair amount of dust. Black felt is tricky to keep dust free in a Hatters studio, also to catch well in photos. Wonderful vintage hat. No damage, just dirty. Will need a bit of steaming and gentle brushing to get the dust out. It will stay in my collection in a very prime location in my studio. Glad to have my own take on the vintage hat in the portfolio of hats.
Leifur Lucky Fedora continues to pride the studio. Got more coming up in June in various categories. Rabbit & Hare, 30X Beaver and 100X Beaver. It’s my own adaptation to the ultimate adventure hat. More felt in the crown and more bulky looking than the actual movie. Perhaps its how it was meant to be? Closer to the 1930s than the 60s tapered look. Die hard fans would probably not agree with me, but I will keep making Leifur Lucky this way.
RAGNAR FEDORA at its best. Bound edge brim and in a different color than before. This one is a Gray/ Beige (perhaps I should start calling it Natural?) with a dark copper binding that looks more red in these photos. Still have more RAGNAR FEDORAS coming up in June. If I had the time to create something new I would. Perhaps sooner than later I will have more new styles in my portfolio of hats to make for clients world wide.
I need to get back to work, this weekend I am working a bit extra to finish up before the holiday. This is what I am working on at the moment and whats happening next week.
Currently Working On
LEIFUR Lucky FEDORA, 100X Beaver, EMERALD GRAY
CAMPAIGN HAT, Rabbit & Hare Blend, SAND
LOKI OPEN ROAD, Rabbit & Hare Blend, SAND
On The Block
SVEN HOMBURG, Rabbit & Hare Blend, SABLE BROWN
LEIFUR Lucky FEDORA, 100X Beaver, SABLE BROWN
First three hats are near complete, which will give me time to place more hats on the block (start to shape). For now, this is the plan.
Have a great weekend!
Mikael Einarsson | HUFVUD HATMAKER | Lund, Sweden