Thursday, April 24, 2014

Project Cubbins: Hat 333 - Honey Bourbon Porkpie Edition

Day 333 / Hat 333: Leather porkpie hat with printed weathered hound's-tooth check pattern on crown and brown fabric hatband detail and contrast taping on 1 3/4-inch brim. Interior lined in black silk (or silk-like) fabric. Interior tag reads: "Ashbury Bourbon" on obverse and contains the quote "I'll sleep when I'm dead," on the reverse.

The "Bourbon" part refers to the style name, and a quick check of Ashbury's site reveals this particular pattern/color combination as "Honey" (other options include "Burlap" and "Cedar"). So yes, I've gone all honey bourbon porkpie up top today. Which kind of makes me hungry.

Another loaner lid from the PR sample closet at The Headwear Association, Ashbury (slogan: "Exclusive designs inspired by the S.F. underground. Unrivaled quality,") is a sub-brand of Head'n Home Handmade Hats. If that name sounds familiar to followers of the trek to 500, that's because They're the same folks that make the Steampunk Hatter line, a hat from which was featured in the extremely popular installment PC 331 two days ago.

As for the quote tucked into the back of the interior label? I don't know about sleeping when I'm dead but I'm pretty sure that after the next 167 lids I'll be taking a quick hat nap.

PC 250: A serving of porkpie takes me 'hatfway' to 500
PC 222: Stingy Made of Straw
PC 111: Whale of Tale

Q: OK, nice hat -- but what exactly is Project Cubbins, anyway?

A: One man's homage to Dr. Seuss and his second book, "The 500 Hats of Bartholemew Cubbins," which celebrated the 75th anniversary of its publication in 2013, Project Cubbins is an attempt to document the wearing of a different hat or piece of headgear every day for 500 consecutive days. No do-aheads, no banking of hats, no retroactive entries. PC started on May 27, 2013 with Hat 1

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