the “Londoner”

The Londoner is a stately and elegant Lord’s hat, the requisite features of which are an unbound curled brim and a centre crease with a front pinch. It was first produced for style maven, Will Boehlke, the founder of A Suitable Wardrobe, in its day the internet’s most distinguished fashion site for men. Will commissioned a traditional Lord’s hat, one with a fuller crown and wider brim than the somewhat more boho Düsseldorfer. Once finished—that’s Will’s hat top right—the style clearly demanded inclusion in the Drexler Portfolio. The Londoner serves exceptionally well as a dignified city hat while avoiding excess formality. Sure, in black felt with a black ribbon, this hat could still slip past the guard at a modern black-tie event, particularly if given the added spiff of a Venetian finish. However, a more casual sensibility is achieved when the hat is made in earth- or mid-tone colours with some contrast in the ribbon. Take it all the way to dark forest green with an angora finish, as shown bottom right, and it becomes seriously countrified. So feel free to dress it down and unbridle your manorial groove.


Westminster Block

Brim: 2 inches, raw curl

Ribbon: French heirloom grosgrain,

15 or 17 ligne

$ 680 Canadian - convert currency


Colour top: cocoa. Ribbon: cognac

Upper middle: charcoal. Ribbon: black

Lower middle: blue steel with the added lustre of a Venetian finish. Ribbon: flannel

Bottom: Dark forest, angora finish. Ribbon: loden

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Will Boehlke, founder of A Suitable Wardrobe tops his fine attire with a Leon Drexler Londoner, this one in black indigo with a matching midnight blue ribbon.