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Pinned By Elias

Kamau Hosten

When the art of dressing is practiced and edicts of style are employed, therein follows a pragmatic approach for men.  Whereas some aspects of tailored clothing lend a touch of practicality, others serve to diffuse seriousness; adding a touch of gentility at the same time.

There is a breast pocket. Naturally, something should fill it; either a hand-rolled silk square or a linen handkerchief, the latter pocket addition being utilitarian in nature.

The lapel has a buttonhole; some device must go there, one presumes. For the clothing-enthusiast, this is yet another area in which one may display either a flower or another personalized ornament or pin. Kofi Annan utilized a white dove pin, the symbol for peace and hope, in his lapel during his tenure heading the United Nations. Pierre Trudea, the late Canadian prime minister relied on the powerfully vibrant, and more dandyish, red rose. The imitable Fred Astaire swore by the quiet simplicity of the white carnation.

Lapel adornment beyond the established flower has increased in popularity in the past few years. Some of this can be attributed to a certain component of younger men hungry for a greater sense of formality in the art of dressing, and who readily embrace this sense of formality.

While the classic flower or boutonnière is still very much a staple, social media that modern gift and curse, has propelled felt flowers and other accouterment to the forefront, especially for the man looking to separate himself from the pack. A decade ago, before 'Like' and follows were part of the collective lexicon, when television and magazines were the source for style inspiration for the majority of men, there was hardly a lapel decoration in sight. Perhaps the dashing or dandy would add that final touch of gentility, but they were in a gross minority. Following 9/11, no politician would dare be caught without an American flag pin.

As cyclical as menswear is, clothing-obsessed men on Internet forums popularized little twists to the lapel adornment.

From silk knots to medals to whimsical pins, the adornments began to look similar, almost trendy. Enter By Elias, a menswear accessories firm founded by FIT alum Bevin Elias.

A Grenada-born turned Brooklynite, Elias was fascinated with menswear from a young age. That interest, according to Elias, is rooted in his West Indian heritage.

Myself and founder, Bevin Elias

Myself and founder, Bevin Elias

“My family always made certain we were put together; shirts and trousers always crisply pressed,” said Elias.  “It was important in the Caribbean culture. They believed looking put together gave you a leg up.” This was especially crucial for blacks, emigrating from the West Indies to America. Elias maintained that sense of propriety. His time at FIT and subsequent positions in luxury retail only strengthened his focus on the what he calls “the finishing touches.”

Fueled by a passion for menswear and desire for something to fill the paucity of choices aside from the standard lapel flower, Elias came up with the idea for his own customized pins in 2013.

Gold rose By Elias pin

Gold rose By Elias pin

"When the conversation about the boutonniere began, I said I didn't want to take the traditional route," recalled Elias on a conversation with his then-fiancé. "I was thinking about something unique, something I could keep."

A stroll past a midtown NYC button shop proved serendipitous, as Elias spotted a silk button that resembled a flower and the idea was birthed for the wedding accessory he and his groomsmen would wear for the big day.

"I wore it around and to work and a lot of people liked it," recalled Elias, in between sips of a latte at the quaint Nolita patisserie, Ceci-Cela. "I started making a few as a hobby."

The hobby, and that initial silk button, has since evolved in the nearly two years since Elias first conceived the pin from silk button to metal bees, fleur de lis and rose pins. The initial response was a good learning experience, despite less than positive wholesale results. Elias presented the product to large retailers who liked the collection, but thought the product less than substantial.

“One upscale retailer said the pins were beautiful, but weren’t substantial enough,” Elias recalled.

With the advice, Elias and his team reworked the production and streamlined the selection. The rebrand proved successful. In the late summer of 2014 By Elias and A Custom, a quaint Greenwich Village atelier came to a wholesale agreement. This was the first step in widening the brand's audience. 

Following that, Garibaldi Lavena, Director of Client Services at Paul Stuart, contacted Elias and a partnership ensued. An exclusive collection was produced for the upscale retailer and, for Elias, a spot in the vitrines of the one of the most respected men's shops in the United States.

By Elias now only produces pins in 14K gold and silver, with a renewed focus on the "elegant finishing touches of both male and female clients."  

What Elias stresses throughout our meeting is the importance of the entire experience. From the personalized stationary to the cashmere-lined, custom-made box, no detail is ignored.  Harkening back to his childhood rearing or the finishing details.

The hashtag, #100pinned began as an attempt to promote each new pin, to reach not only his social media audience, but the followers and friends of each person he snapped a photo of, wearing a By Elias pin.

 Since its inception, Elias has made his way across the country and, most recently, the Atlantic, pinning clients in an effort to solidify his position as a top accessory designer gaining attention. At Pitti Uomo 87, the bi-annual menswear trade show in Florence, Italy, Elias was able to experience for the first time, the global response to the product as well as conceive a few as-yet-be announced collaborations.

"To see the global response motivated me to create expand, to create more." That more includes a foray into cufflinks and collar bars as well as the larger arena of menswear accessories.



Supply & Advise, a Miami Oasis

Kamau Hosten

It's my loss that my first visit to Supply & Advise was later and not much sooner. A pop-up in Miami’s midtown area, it is the shop that houses the  kind of merchandise I've long sought; quality, no frills pieces that are guaranteed only to improve with age. Undeniably, the inventory is superb and imaginative.

 

 

A credit to founders  Jonathan Eyal and Kevin Beltran who, irritated and frustrated by the paucity of menswear options in Miami, carved out this welcome oasis. "It's what this city needed," says Eyal.

Admittedly, fashion in South Florida is often associated with color, and prints, in-keeping with the joviality the area exudes. That said, for the gentleman or men who yearn for pared down, handcrafted pieces, the options were limited to internet shopping.

 

Not just hand crafted pieces, here’s the bonus, almost all the merchandise boasts “Made in theU.S.A.” tags. Among the top vendors the shop carries are Gitman Vintage oxfords and Alden, the venerable shoe company.  Eyal and Beltran found they shared a love of many of the same brands, the majority of them just happened to be American.

While tailored menswear has deep roots in England and Italy, Eyal argues that America really perfected the casual, durable pieces, especially denim. Levi's Vintage is among the denim brands carried at the shop.

Levi's Vintage denim is made to same specifications as the original run, from decades earlier

 "It happened organically," Beltran says of the store's inventory of domestically made products. "Made in the U.S.A is our focus, but we want to carry the best."

Alden is among the best. From experience, I can attest to Alden’s stature in men’s footwear.  Established in 1884, Alden has a rich history of superior craftsmanship and consistent quality. This, and an extensive list of rave reviews sealed my proclivity for Alden over many other better known-outside the menswear world-brands. It's a quiet brand that lets quality take center stage. A lifetime guarantee helps, too.

The Alden wall

“Hand-construction” is almost always synonymous with costly. And people often are taken aback by Alden’s price tag. Furthermore, in a city like Miami, a higher price tag often comes with a prominent, well-marketed logo.

"Miami is very status oriented," notes Eyal. One of the challenges with customers new to the brands is relaying that concept of craftsmanship over label.

Take, for example, Gitman Vintage shirts. The Oxford, an American innovation, can be found at stores from J. Crew to Club Monaco. While I like my purchases from those stores, something never felt right when I paired them with a blazer. The Gitman Vintage shirt I tried stood the jacket collar test. It doesn't limp down (for want of a better expression) beneath the collars. Rather it stands up prominently due to the higher band and longer collar points. "The fit is amazing," agrees Eyal. "The collar is high enough where you can fit a tie."

Woolrich oxfords

That's precisely what the Eyal, Beltran and third member of the team, Miguel Diaz Pimentel, opt for; the oxford. Wrinkled, pressed, sleeves rolled up or down unbuttoned or with a tie, there a few wrongs ways to wear one.

Gitman Vintage oxfords

And while craftsmanship costs, there is an intrinsic relationship between cost and value. One staff member explained, there's an innate belief that a lower price tag equals savings. Oftentimes though, the savings is short term because an item of lesser quality has to be replaced in a much shorter time frame. Paying more once for a well constructed item is a long-term, better investment in your closet.

Bags by Klaxon Howl

 

As I chatted with an agreeable staff, I was impressed with their level of commitment, aggregate knowledge and passion for the concept of Supply. And I thought, how apropos; Supply and Advise. It’s what they do.

The Supply & Advise team: Miguel Diaz Pimentel, Jonathan Eyal, Kevin Beltran

 

Supply & Advise

3322 N. Miami Ave

 Miami, FL

305-846-9437

 

Kamakura Shirts

Kamau Hosten

During a recent work-related trip to New York, I was able to stop into Kamakura Shirts on Madison Ave, just one block north of J.Press. Prior to my visit, I'd read favorable reviews on the Style Forum regarding the Japanese brand, which opened its first U.S. store in 2012.

The store itself is quaint, with the focus on the product rather than flashy advertising. The sales staff is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the details, like the single needle stitching. That's what separates the smaller shops from the large department stores: the level of service.

The store offers four fits: The Tokyo Classic and Slim and, for the American market, the New York Classic and Slim. The latter two are considerably wider than their former counterparts. The Tokyo Slim I tried on was ideal, with no further tapering required, which rarely occurs with shirts. I should add that the store carries 'Try-on' shirts, so as to not unfold several shirts. That streamlines the process. Additionally, should you decide against purchasing a shirt, trying on one versus a half dozen leaves you feeling less guilty. The collars include, on a scale from most to least formal, cutaway (below), spread, semi-spread and button down.

 

White Pinpoint Oxford Tokyo Slim

They've recently launched a Made-To-Measure program featuring 300 count cloth, which is worth a try judging from the quality of the RTW shirts.

 

Blue Oxford Tokyo Slim

Well-made dress shirts under $100 are difficult to find. I'm talking retail, not reduced prices. Normally, it's a sea oversized, cotton-poly blend with awkwardly small collars and sleeves cut for two arms. Not so, here. There's a welcome combination of quality, fit and price. Naturally, I recommend picking up white and pale blue, as these are the best backdrops for most suits and sport jackets. Following that, some of the more bold stripes are welcome alternatives, not just for this brand, but all shirts.

A Dandy Evening

Kamau Hosten

I'm taking baby steps as I explore New York City. Gone are the vacation days where I struggled to cram as many touristy activities into a day with too few hours. I had a busy first week as a new resident of NYC, a rather dandy one at that. This past Wednesday I attended a panel on dandyism at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Chelsea. Photographer Rose Callahan and writer Nathaniel Adams, authors of I am DandyNick Wooster, co-owner of Atrium and former menswear exec at Bergdorf Goodman and JC Penney and Dr. Andre Churchwell, the  always elegant Nashville cardiologist, were the panelists. The discussion was moderated by the author, G. Bruce Boyer. I'd just finished reading Mr. Boyer's Elegance: A Guide to Quality in Menswearwhen I saw the event on The Dandy Portraits, Callahan's blog.

 

In the hour-long discussion the panelists touched on their own style evolution and paths in menswear. Among the commonalities they shared was that clothing, while important, should be utilized as a tool to aid in one's path. That's certainly not a difficult concept to grasp, but sometimes I admittedly get caught up in the minutiae of menswear as I continue to learn. As Mr. Boyer put it, "It's clothing, it doesn't cure cancer."

We should remember to have some fun with it.  Therein lies the separation of the dandy from the appropriately dressed man; he enjoys the creative process of getting dressed. Putting on a necktie isn't a chore, but a rather pleasant part of the morning. For the dandy, sports jackets and suits aren't some obligatory boardroom armor meant to shield the wearer from individuality. Rather, discovering one's own style allows the wearer to break away from the monotonous and the mediocre.

Dr. Churchwell went into detail about the importance of dressing in regards to one's signature. In truth, appearances do become apart of us. It is, after all, advantageous to outfit one's self in the most flattering manner. Delving a bit deeper into that concept, we must find what suits us and, especially, what reflects us. Perhaps it's a pork pie hat or a flat cap tilted just slightly, or lapel flower, or tortoise frames. Regardless of the item, wear it well enough and it becomes stylistically associated with you, transcending any current trends.

 

Dr. Andre Churchwell. Photo by Rose Callahan, via The Dandy Portraits

This is evident as I've continued to flip through the pages of I am Dandy, where a multitude of gentlemen with a passion for clothing are chronicled. It's a reminder to loosen one's inhibitions when it comes to experimentation with menswear. I admire the bold choices of the men profiled, though I'm entirely comfortable with my own style. Sure, some revel in the peacockery that comes with experimentation. At first glance, I may even think some are over the top. But, after consideration I appreciate their devotion to this form of wearable art. Many pursued an avenue in menswear, while others fell into it by chance. Each path is just as fascinating as the other.

A few days after the panel, fueled by curiosity, I visited Fine and Dandy, a brilliantly curated shop in Hell's Kitchen. The owners, Enrique Crame III and Matt Fox, are featured in the book. A post about the shop will come later this week.

To be clear, this isn't the guidebook that dictates what month to break out flannel trousers. Nor is there a dictum about the over the calf socks or proper tie knot. Rather, it's a celebration of artistry as displayed through clothing and one's surroundings.

 

Fine & Dandy

Kamau Hosten

Just a few blocks west of the fast fashion, big retailers in midtown Manhattan, sits Fine and Dandy, a small shop in Hell's Kitchen. The shop has been in its unassuming location for about a year, though the website has been open since 2008. The owners, Enrique Crame III and Matt Fox, were featured in the book I am Dandy.

 

On a mild Saturday, I made it a goal to visit the shop, which I'd read about in Rose Callahan's above mentioned book. Fox and Crame have made the most of a quaint space, which is remarkably well curated.

 

Among the pieces produced under the Fine and Dandy name are scarves, ties and pocket squares. I found a paisley wool scarf with green piping which I wore out of the shop. Additionally, the pieces under the Fine and Dandy name are locally produced.

 

The shop eschews trends in favor of locally produced  pieces and vintage merchandise. In addition, there are a number of trinkets that the well dressed man covets. Items like crystal whiskey decanters, hand-carved walking sticks, vintage top hats and cufflinks adorns the shelves. The majority are accessories which separate the elegant  gentleman from the masses: ribbed cashmere socks, wallets, passport holders, wool and silk pocket squares. All of the details that dapper gentlemen pays acute attention to can be found within these walls. Repp ties and bowties, ribbon belts and needlepoint belts are all regularly stocked pieces that evoke a forgotten whimsical, yet elegantly preppy approach to dressing.

 

The shop is well worth a trip for those visiting-and new-to the city. For the natives who appreciate menswear and haven't been yet, there's just no excuse.

The Armoury

Kamau Hosten

In the face of mounting competition from large department stores, and fashion brands with big advertising budgets, the local tailor and menswear haberdashery has undoubtedly lost valuable real estate, though not its cachet. The recent expansion of one Hong Kong outpost, The Armoury, into New York City is a welcome  reprieve, given the trend.

 

As a new New Yorker, I've continued my adventures exploring menswear shops around the city. I'd previously only read of this shop. The first U.S. outpost opened a few months ago in the TriBeCa neighborhood of New York City. Revered among menswear enthusiasts for offering handmade clothing, Goodyear welted shoes (Saint Crispin'sCarmina) and accessories from smaller brands (Fox UmbrellasDrake's ties and scarves), The Armoury is one of the few shops that gets it right. It is a quietly masculine shop that prides itself on the quality of its garments.

 

Understated yet inviting, the approach is decidedly classic; both in the exterior representation and interior inventory. Here the emphasis is on the superior construction and fit. A well-informed, unobtrusive, yet passionate staff, makes a visit to The Armoury a necessity.

 

During my visit,  staff members were discussing, of all things, which band they would all join, given the choice. Without hesitation, I was asked to name mine. To which I readily replied, “I'd jam with Thelonious Monk." Given the opportunity, plus, of course, some form of musical ability. That was met with nodding approval, I might add. When the discussion moved toward clothing, the gentlemen were more than accommodating, enthusiastically answering my questions and showing me merchandise. It was clear, they were just as keen on educating me, more so than selling.

 

The clothing simply speaks. For example: A pair of trousers from Ambrosi Napoli, run by Salvatore Ambrosi, caught my attention. At the mere mention, Jeff went upstairs, got a pair and proceeded to educate me about details like the hand finishing both inside and outside, as well as the various fabric options. It didn't seem to matter whether I was interested in purchasing the trousers!

The inventory include jackets and suits by Orazio Luciano, Ring Jackets and Liverano & Liverano and spread collar dress shirts by Ascot Chang.

 

Many of the vendors mentioned travel to the shop for trunk shows throughout the year, where they can meet clients and fit them for bespoke or made to order goods. I poked around the shoes area, with a pair of Carmina brown suede captoe oxfords and suede loafers the most memorable.


The shop has risen in recognition, in part to social media. Founders, Mark Cho, Alan See and Ethan Newton reguarly are  seen photographed during Pitti Uomo. All three have extensive backgrounds in menswear. Additionally, the daily Tumblr and Instagram feeds of the founders, feature new products and genuinely brilliant pairings. All three have a distinct personal style, each just as inspiring as the other.

While there's certainly no shortage of places to purchase men's clothing in New York, finding a balance of merchandise made to the highest standards with a well educated staff isn't so common. The Armoury strikes that balance nicely.

Neutralize With a Basic

Kamau Hosten

To be clear, blue, burgundy and grey is no revolutionary pairing of tones. Quite the opposite, as each color pairs with one or a combination of the other two.  Grey suits, especially those in more pale tones, always strike a pleasing balance when worn with shoes in the burgundy/cordovan/merlot/aubergine family. Likewise, the same can be said of a blue suit in a shade slightly lighter than navy. As an aside, two years later and I'm still not certain what color this Suit Supply double breasted is below.

What may be underrated is the choice of hosiery, or sock, for the less pretentious. Men are inundated with imagery from fashion magazines telling them to amp up their sock game, that solids are dull. To counter this, the stuffy, rubric obsessed internet style gestapo insist that socks must coordinate precisely with trousers. No need to go full on bold or entirely dull though. I believe it was Glenn O'Brien who dictated that socks should match one's personality and not any specific component of one's attire. If it wasn't Mr. O'Brien, then it should be.

OTC socks by Brioni, monk straps by Sergio Rossi

I was pleased with the result of a patterned grey sock paired with an almost royal blue suit (see, still trying to place this color) and burgundy single monk straps recently. The shade of blue was not entirely business, which complimented the more jaunty nature of the shoe. The grey sock neither coordinated nor picked up any other colors of the day, yet it provided a nice harmony.

Suit by Suit Supply

I find myself over thinking the minute details, only to reach for a basic at the last moment. This day was no different. A sock in burgundy, blue or green (the color of the day's necktie) would have proved too obvious and less creative.

Shirt by Kamakura, tie by Polo Ralph Lauren, Fleur de lis pin by By Elias, pocket square by Bergdorf Goodman

 

A fun sock needn't be multi-striped or whimsical, so long as it is complimentary. Grey neutralizes the high shine of the shoe and the tone of suit.

Buying a Hat

Kamau Hosten

Despite a trend towards mixing high and low articles of clothing, there is something to be said about harmony and consistency in place of trendy. This is especially true as we properly usher in Autumn 2014. Soon enough, it will be cool enough for topcoats and hats. While the importance of keeping one's head covered is not debatable, the choices are. Flatcaps, knit hats, driving hats and fedoras are all options utilized by the savvy and just plain freezing. Fashion magazines, who must introduce something new to the readers, dictate that knit hats, for instance, dress down a more formal overcoat. If it comes down to formality versus casual, put me on the formal side, every time. No knit hat, no flatcap, no baseball cap with your overcoat. A proper gentleman's hat to top off the look is in order to achieve adequate harmony.

Hat by Selentino, glasses by Tom Ford

My own hunt truly began years before I'd have to brave frosty elements. Growing up watching the screen stars of the 1950s, the elegance of the fedora atop an immaculately attired Spencer Tracy in Adam's Rib stayed with me. Although hats are not the dominant accessory they were 60 years ago, they're just as dashing today, even more so due to the countless inappropriate and just plain tacky head coverings seen on men with otherwise appropriate outerwear.

I had read about JJ Hat Center, a New York institution for over a century, years before I moved here. As I'd recently decided on purchasing a hat, I headed to their Fifth Avenue shop.

Chatting with staff at JJ Hat Center with a hat that ended up back on the wall. Shirt by Kamakura, tie by Brioni, pocket square by Ikire Jones. Photo by Bevin Elias

The staff, all enormously knowledgable and passionate, educated me about finding the right brim (sides of the hat)  width for my face, the correct crown (the top of the hat) for the shape of my head and the best shade for a first purchase.

My new hat being steamed

Blue, brown and grey were the suggestions, which are in line with the rest of menswear articles of clothing, as the most versatile. After trying on several in shades ranging from camel to charcoal, I settled on a deep brown fedora by Selentino. This will top off both my blueish/grey double breasted overcoat and my grey herringbone topcoat for the upcoming winter very nicely.

Hat by Selentino, Jacket by Loro Piana, scarf by Etro, trousers by Brioni, monk strap shoes by Howard Yount, canvas bag by Want Les Essentiels de la Vie, socks by Paul Stuart

- As per the staff, before buying one, consider your own wardrobe. What will you likely be wearing this with? Does your wardrobe lean towards a casual or formal?

- Although there are a plethora of hatsellers online, it's best to visit a shop to try them on if you're a first time buyer or new to a manufacturer.

- While shades of deep, bottle green or burgundy may be eye catching, they're also less versatile. It's easy to get caught up in the excitement. Stay (somewhat) grounded.

All Photos by Stephen Obisanya unless otherwise noted

A Visit to Flame Keepers Hat Club

Kamau Hosten

On the brief train ride from midtown Manhattan to Harlem's west side, I took note of my fellow passengers; three knit hats and two baseball caps. Not shockingly, there was not a fedora topped head in the car.  However, as I strolled the five blocks from the station to my destination, I scrolled Tumblr, and took note of the contrary.  This generation has, in recent years, experienced a resurgent interest in what is considered classic men's clothing, eschewing the one-size-too-slim designer trends of a decade ago or the wave of three-size-too-large everything of the late 1990s. The fedora, that final touch of gentility seems to be gaining popularity among the previously hesitant, due in no small part to links of the generation.

The unassuming facade of my destination, Flame Keepers Hat Club, would trick the casual passerby into believing what was on the other side of the wall was just as understated. Aside from muted wooden floors and pale grey brick walls, accented by a lone magenta wall, the shop is resplendent with fedoras in hues of burgundy and hunter green, flap caps in speckled tweeds and herringbone.

 

Walking into the two-month old shop on West 121st Street, I was greeted by its genial proprietor, Marc Williamson, himself a 22-year veteran of New York's JJ Hat Center. Williamson was steaming and brushing a new stock of hats to be soon displayed when I asked what's the response been to his new shop.

"It's all been going very well. I will not complain," said Williamson, who at this point had taken the hat I wore into the shop and gave it a brush and steam.

Flame Keepers owner, Marc Williamson, steams a fedora

Social media has played a significant role in the shop's promotion thus far. Before the Instgram snaps of clients, however, there was a trying, year-long process to find a good enough space for the shop. After a back and forth with building owners, Williamson settled on the location, which sits at the corner of Frederick Douglas Boulevard, among Harlem's major arteries. The area is experiencing what the New York Times described resurgence in development. Williamson, a lifelong New Yorker, by way of Woodside, Queens, felt a particular kinship in Harlem.

 

"It's a great sense of community here," noted Williamson as two locals entered the shop. The two customers, one in a tan Stetson, browsed around the shop, trying on varieties and chatting with the obliging owner about hats. With a necessary style still to come in stock, the gentlemen left, with one shouting from the door that he lives across the street and would return later.

 

"You see," said Williamson, regarding the serendipitous encounter. "We have those discussions about hats all the time." The 'We' Williamson refers to is not entirely the fedora-topped gentleman depicted in the old Apparel Arts illustrations, rather it's everyone from the twenty-something Brooklynite, just getting into his first hat to the octogenarian, lifelong Harlem resident who may have very well observed speeches by Malcolm X or recall the sermons of Adam Clayton Powell, Sr.

 

In that respect lies that idea, the concept, the core mission of Flame Keepers; continuity.

"We're passing the torch of good taste from one generation to the next, " said Williamson about the inspiration for the name of the shop.

"Good taste is a range of things; it's how your treat people. It's how you present yourself. That's what we're trying to do here."

For Williamson, taste transcends any garment, rather it's more abstract. It's spirit, a way of behaving and carrying yourself.  Does a hat achieve that? Perhaps not solely, but it's a stylish beginning.

 

Beyond the abstract to the tangible. A hat just looks damned good. There is not a more appropriate way to dress one's head than a proper hat. A knit or baseball cap often looks juvenile when paired with business formal clothing, while a headless pedestrian complete with heavy coat and scarf looks forgetful and cold.

Some men may believe they're not the hat-wearing sort but, that must be due to not trying. Visit the shop and Williamson will make suggestions on color, crown shape and brim width, all to best complement the shape of the wearers face.

Visit

Flame Keepers Hat Club

273 West 12st Street, New York, NY 10027

212-531-FKHC (3542)

 

Photos by Bevin Elias