Monday, April 23, 2007

Originally a German formal hat, the Homburg is a classic

my grandad had a homburg hat
Originally uploaded by grangearts.
A homburg is a stiff felt hat, says Wikipedia, that is superficially very similar to the fedora, since both can have a crease from the front to the back of the crown, known as a "center dent". The homburg usually has no pinches, and has a brim with the edge sharply turned up all the way around. It is typically made from wool or fur felt and has a grosgrain hatband and brim treatment with an optional feather.
It was popularized by Edward VII after he visited Germany and brought back a hat of this style.

Like the fedora, the homburg was once quite popular and is still available in almost any color, but the most common colors are black, grey, and brown.

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