Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Project Cubbins: Hat 367 - Rambling About Roebling Edition

Day 367 / Hat 367: Graphite gray fedora with two-inch brim, 5-inch crown and two-tone (gray and brown) grosgrain hatband and bow detail. Interior tag reads: "Bailey of Hollywood," fabrication tag reads "95%, 5% cashmere, X-LARGE, made in U.S.A.," and hangtag gives the name of the style as "Roebling."

Here's a little blurb about the Roebling from "The Roebling from the Bailey of Hollywood Cashlux collection is a modern day fedora. This hat is made of the most exquisite wool felt blended with cashmere fibers for the look and feel of fur felt. Proudly crafted in the USA and designed Victor Osborne, and is exclusive to Bailey of Hollywood."

What I couldn't find anywhere (at least in my cursory search of the interwebs) was what the style name "Roebling" is a reference to. Could it be an homage to German-born American civil engineer John A. Roebling? Alive from 1806 to 1869 (the Golden Age of Hats), this gent was known for his wire rope suspension bridge designs -- and is famous, at least in certain circles, for his design of the Brooklyn Bridge in particular. And that's what fedora-wearing hispters have to cross to get from Brooklyn to Manhattan!

Unfortunately I have no answer. Sorry to leave you in ... suspense.

Graciously loaned to the Project by the kind PR folks at The Headwear Association who collectively get today's hat-tip.

PC 366: Backward Hard Hat
PC 365: News Flash! A Year of Hats
PC 364: Lalaloopsy

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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