the “Keeper”

Some hats in this portfolio were designed with specific intent. Others originated as custom hats for customers. The Keeper, however, just sort of happened. It began with a flawed felt that was put aside for some R&D. Eventually, it was used to test a new tool for fabricating an angora finish. The brim was cut, but then cut again to make it narrower so that the hat could be used to assess the usefulness of a dusty set of Bavarian brim flanges. The leftover strip of felt conveniently served as a matching band and was given the same belted closure as the Rambler. An old straw hat, much loved but now gone, informed the wide-nosed, teardrop styling of the crown. Finally, as a mere notion, a welt effect was fashioned with a line of stitching around the brim. When done, it all just worked, resulting in a versatile hat that looks tasteful yet pragmatic. A couple of days later, on a television documentary about an old English noble estate still in operation, the estate’s gamekeeper appeared wearing an almost identical hat. The word “keeper”
is sometimes used as an abbreviation for gamekeeper ... and so there you have it. If anyone ever absconds with it, consider it poached, not stolen.


Westminster Block

Brim: 2 inches

Ribbon: matching felt band

$ 640 Canadian - convert currency


Colour shown: graphite


Autobahner
Budapester
Burgunder
Cotswolder
Cruiser
Düsseldorfer
Forager
Gaffer
Handicapper
Hogtowner
Keeper
Londoner
Luxemburger
Milaner
Rambler
St Urbainer
Scribbler
Skyliner
Stroller
Tourtière
Vacationer
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