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  • #593102

    Helpful
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    Where, in Brooklyn, can one purchase a Borsalino type hat for less than $150? It doesn’t have to be a Borsalino, but anything in a similar form.

    #1082648

    WIY
    Member

    Helpful

    Ferster Hats

    5304 New Utrecht Avenue # 1

    NY 11219-4158

    (718) 854-6768

    Give them a call and ask them.

    #1082649

    i got my borsalino tirenno for about $150 at Kova Hats

    i think they had cheaper borsalinos as well

    #1082651

    sms007
    Member

    mod, where is kova hats?

    #1082652

    Kova Hats

    5523 12th Avenue

    Brooklyn, NY 11219-4104

    Phone:(718) 871-2944

    #1082653

    LBK
    Participant

    Hat Box on Coney Island Avenue and Avenue O

    #1082654

    sms007
    Member

    thanks mod, I think well be paying them a trip lol

    #1082655

    cantoresq
    Member

    On a related note, what is it about the high crown and super wide brim that found favor among yeshiva leit? Personally, I think the Boraslino is too much hat for most heads. I much prefer the look of the Stetson fedoras. My true love however would be for the return of the homburg; the king of the hats.

    #1082656

    gavra_at_work
    Participant

    Bishita, I don’t wear one (I wear a no name brand).

    I don’t see how it is different than driving a Lexus. I once heard a shiur from Rav Yaakov Bender where he said this idea as well. 🙂

    #1082657

    i drive a 2000 toyota corolla

    i wear a borsalino because it looks chashuv and because it lasts far longer than cheaper hats. no one knows its a borsalino unless they take it off my head and look inside

    i dont see how it is anything at all like driving a lexus

    #1082658

    WIY
    Member

    Moderator-80

    I agree, a Borsalino, if taken care of will last years. I have had Borsalino Shabbos hats last 3-4 years.

    #1082659

    gavra_at_work
    Participant

    Mod-80:

    C”V! I don’t even care if you did drive a Lexus, I would be happy for you 🙂

    As I pointed out in that thread, I don’t have a Megilla either; for me the extra spent on the better hat is not worthwhile.

    I also don’t wear it on the street on a regular basis, you might, so a “better” hat would be worthwhile for you.

    I don’t mean to “start up”. Just consider that a Borsilino itself may not be required.

    I notice now the OP points this out himself

    “It doesn’t have to be a Borsalino, but anything in a similar form.”

    #1082660

    A23
    Participant

    Now they have hats with the Borsalino logo in a small place on the outside band, I personally hate that, but I’ve seen several people with those.

    #1082661

    i wouldnt drive a lexus even if i could, call it reverse snobbism, i would be embarrassed. i wouldnt wear a borsalino with an outside logo for the same reason

    yes an equivalent hat of another brand would be fine with me. i just dont know hats that well. i know borsalino is a good hat from reputation, and now from experience

    #1082662

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    I drive a ’98 Honda civic. A Dodge would have been cheaper, but would not have been running anymore in 2009 when I bought it.

    I wear the mid level Borsalino from Bencraft. I bought one in 2003, which people still ask if it is new. I bought another in 2004 which I stained, so I now bought another a few months ago. I expect it to last very long.

    Buy one; it’s worth the price.

    #1082663

    A Borse is a Borse, of course, of course,

    And nice black yeshivishe Borse of course

    That is, of course, the only Borse that should be on your head.

    Go right to the source, request the Borse

    He’ll give you the hat we all endorse.

    This is the rule we must enforce.

    Accept nothing in its stead.

    People yakkity yak a streak; “what a wonderful hat” they say

    And on your head will be your Borse; you’ll look shtotty all day.

    A Borse is a Borse, of course, of course,

    And one can be bought with no remorse.

    You never thought of buying a Borse?

    Well listen to this.

    You need one to be “redt”.

    #1082664

    myfriend
    Member

    What’s the lowest cost Bosralino? And what’s the lowest cost non-Borsalino black fedora hat?

    #1082665

    Helpful
    Member

    Cantoresq, Black fedora Stetson’s are to be found in the Yeshivish community. Humburg’s are a rabbonisha hat. Perhaps you can start a trend to mainstream it. 🙂

    #1082666

    Helpful
    Member

    Thanks WIY and Mod 80. Do you or anyone know what – and where – are the lowest cost “black hats”?

    #1082667

    minyan gal
    Member

    ICOT: You gave me my humor for the day. That is terrific and Mr. Ed would be proud. Neighhhhh.

    #1082668

    WIY
    Member

    Helpful

    You need to call all the stores and compare prices. Additionally they dont all have the same hats. Bencraft for example has a great selection but you will pay full price. Its not a low end store. Try Ferster, Kova or others you will probably do better there if looking to save $.

    #1082669

    lkwdfellow
    Member

    What happened to straw hats? They used to be much more popular, but recently I see less people wearing them. They are much lighter & look pretty neat. Of course, I mean from Memorial Day until labor Day. To wear one after that is question of Baal Tosif 🙂

    #1082670

    cantoresq
    Member

    As it happens, I wore my black hat today. I rarely ever wear it, but somehow I had the urge this morning. It produced a few stares from the chassidim at Mincha who are used to seeing me in a gray or taupe hat. But thanks Helpful for letting me know that a Stetson is also oisgehalten. Is the tear drop crown an acceptable variation as well? As to the Homburg, when I was in college I made a pact with my chavruseh and best friend at the time, that we would both buy homburg hats on our 40th birthdays. When I turned 40 last year I called him and asked him to be mochel the chov as I don’t feel “old” enough to wear one, and we agreed to push off the purchase for another five years and reassess the situation then. And indeed I do most definitely wear a straw colored straw hat from Memorial Day until Labor day. I actually have two of them. One was a gift from my boss.

    #1082671

    chesedname
    Participant

    Cheapest and best is Hats Plus on Coney Island Ave

    cheapest beacsue the ycharge less, best because they also clean. which no one else does

    #1082672

    kapusta
    Participant

    ICOT, that was amazing! Loved it!

    *kapusta*

    #1082673

    AinOhdMilvado
    Participant

    All of us who understood ICOT are showing our age!!!

    Oh Wilburrrrrrrrr……

    #1082676

    myfriend
    Member

    gavra: How much do you pay for your no-name brand? (And how long does it typically last?)

    #1082677

    minyan gal
    Member

    AinOhdMilvado – “All of us who understood ICOT are showing our age”

    You aren’t kidding. And in more ways than one. It is very, very cold here today and we are having our first snowstorm. Nu – my bones are aching and creaking. At least Mr. Ed was either shot or sent to a glue factory before he began to kvetch.

    #1082678

    myfriend
    Member

    gavra: Also, where do you purchase it, and what (no-name) brand(s) are they?


    Can someone fill in the young and clueless what on heaven’s earth ICOT is mimicking?

    #1082679

    kapusta
    Participant

    All of us who understood ICOT are showing our age!!!

    Oh Wilburrrrrrrrr……

    Maybe most but not all 😉

    *kapusta*

    #1082680

    myfriend
    Member

    kapusta, you can stop pretending to be 18 and be proud of your einekelech!

    #1082681

    minyan gal-

    kapusta-

    AinOhdMilvado-

    Thank you for the kind words – glad you got a chuckle out of it.

    Speaking of “showing our age”, I asked a jr. if the terms “shtotty” and “Borse” are still used. The former is, the latter apparently isn’t.

    You may enjoy this thread:

    http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/coffeeroom/topic/nursery-rhymes-for-jews

    myfriend

    It’s really not worth explaining here, but if you’re curious you can Google “Mr. Ed”.

    ================================

    So as not to (totally) hijack this thread:

    I recommend getting a quality hat. It will look good for a lot longer, and when it does begin to lose its shape over time it can be steamed and blocked to look great once again.

    A cheap hat will look nice for a much shorter time, and once it starts going, it’s pretty much gone.

    #1082682

    kapusta
    Participant

    myfriend, lol, I’m a LOT closer to 18 than eineklech age. I’m a second generation Mr. Ed fan.

    *kapusta*

    #1082683

    smartcookie
    Member

    Mod 80- isn’t Kova hats on 44th street and 13th ave?

    #1082684

    Kova won my total appreciation a few years ago when we came in with one of my (then mesivta aged) son’s hats, which had been typically tossed around in yeshiva, thrown into the locker after davening, and in need of some serious TLC. Here we were ideal pickings to sell a new hat to, and instead they took his old hat, fixed it up nicely with a cleaning, blocking etc. and sent us home with a hat that still looked decent enough to wear for davening, saving us upwards of $100 I’m sure.

    #1082685

    twisted
    Participant

    Showing our age and ‘cultural baggage’

    #1082686

    Josh31
    Participant

    On the lighter side:

    Some hats have such large rims that they must be viewed as a separate roof enclosure, and the wearer can not be considered to be eating in the Succah. I may be way off base on this.

    #1082690

    mosygold
    Member

    If considering a new hat, I recommend suede. They last a lot longer and look a lot better. I have mine for ten years, looks a little worn.

    #1082691

    YW Band
    Member

    I bought a shabbos hat for $60!!! It’s an off brand -Black Hatters Deluxe! It has a nice snap

    #1082692

    chesedname
    Participant

    Has anyone tried getting their hat cleaned and reshaped at Hats Plus? I was wondering how much it cost? I think it’s $20.

    also how long did it take?

    #1082693

    twisted
    Participant

    Way back when I was a bochur, there was an old hatter in Jersey City that advertised in the Jewish Press, a one or two line add that told of cheap hats for Yeshiva guys. I made the trip out there on the Path train, into a dying low life neighborhood. The business was in a huge industrial building stuffed with every thing you could call a hat in every color of the rainbow. He must have serviced the movie industry and the Mardi Gras as well. Still, true to the add, he had Yeshivish, and MO hats (time was when lots of MOs wore hats). For $12 and $15 I got two hats with Stetson ( real or fake I don’t know) bands and liners. One is still in the family as a Purim hat. It was real good stuff. I would also love to find old stock of the 3/4-1″ brims. Occasionally you see such an antique, and they are way cool.

    #1082694

    myfriend
    Member

    kapusta: Who’ya kiddin? Now you’re pretending to be 19?? C’mon, nothin wrong with you shepping nachas from ’em einekelech!

    gavra_at_work: How much do you pay for your no-name brand?

    #1082695

    lkwdfellow
    Member

    How come people stopped wearing feathers in their hats???

    #1082696

    so right
    Member

    The people that used to wear feathers in their hats, stopped wearing hats.

    Johnny Kennedy had a bad influence, even on us.

    #1082697

    real-brisker
    Member

    lkwd – People also stopped wearing pins in thiei hats!

    #1082698

    jhcvivgwry
    Participant

    lkwdfellow – Don’t know , perhaps the same reason u don’t.

    #1082699

    real-brisker
    Member

    Hashems – how do u know what lkwd does?

    #1082701

    lkwdfellow
    Member

    real-brisker – Hashem’s Son is takka right – I don’t wear a feather (nor a pin :-)), but my shailah was why the “hamon am” stopped. I think it’s like most fads, just give it a few years & people will start again. My only shailah is if people will also start wearing blue & grey hats???

    #1082702

    real-brisker
    Member

    lkwd – I would!

    #1082703

    lkwdfellow
    Member

    real-brisker – of course you would if you’re a real brisker – the brisker mishpacha still wear grey hats!!

    If you look at pictures of the Alte Mirrers – they all wore grey hats, as did most Yeshivaleit back then.

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