Friday, February 8, 2008

The Most Flattering

Today I wore my vintage Stetson 3X Open Road fedora. It was originally sold at J.C. Petersens, my great-great grandpa's haberdashery, back in the 1950s.

I was at Wal-Mart with this hat and an older gentleman approached me.
Him: Can I ask you a question?
Me: Sure.
Him: Where'd you get that hat?
Me: I bought it at an antique shop.
Him: Really? Well, would you want to sell it?
Me: No, sorry.
Him: Well, I shouldn't wonder why, you look good in it.
Me: Thank you.
Him: They don't make 'em like that anymore.
Me: No, they really don't.
Some people can still spot quality when they see it.


michael lewis said...

It seems that just about anyone will offer to buy something unique off of the wearer.

Not to sound like a Seinfeld episode, but I have a pair of prescription glasses which I wear for affectation.

I've had so many offers of purchase, I've lost count.

My favourite, by far, was the time outside a swanky restaurant at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. I was there for a business trip and convention, and my colleagues and I were treated to dinner by our division's VP. A well dressed stranger approached me while we were leaving the restaurant and offered me several hundred dollars for my eye-wear. I politely declined.

Anonymous said...

Great hat! I love a tall crown. This is a nice blog.

Katie from the FL

Matt said...

What a great little story. I was starting to think it would be a much different question, like "Why would you want to wear that old thing?" It feels like I see that attitude a lot from older folks, but maybe it's more baby boomers than the folks who wore fedoras.


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