Vintage Borsalino Fedora GB Borsalino Di Lazzaro Hat 7 1/8
Brand Poppy's Vintage Clothing
This is a really interesting mens Borsalino fedora hat created by GB Borsalino di Lazzaro of Italy. The color is a very attractive tone of grey and the crown is wrapped with a black grosgrain ribbon and bow. The edge of the brim is finished in grey grosgrain.
There is a cloth size label that reads 7 1/8 (medium). The hat measures 22 1/4” around the sweatband and 8” by 6 3/8” across the opening. The brim is turned up, but flexible so can be turned down, and measures 2” in width and the crown has a height of 5 1/4”.
It is in very good, very clean condition - this has been very well kept over the years and looks to have seen little use. This is a very nice quality hat by Borsalino, a wonderful addition to a collection!
Some background history on this G.B. Borsalino di Lazzaro hat. I believe that the G.B. Borsalino di Lazzaro designation was generally used between 1906 and 1937, although this hat is most likely later. G.B. Borsalino di Lazzaro stands for Giovanni Battista Borsalino of Lazzaro. Lazzaro was the brother and partner of Giuseppe, the founder of Borsalino in 1857. After Giuseppe passed away in 1900, the company was split in two, with Giuseppe’s son Teresio Borsalino taking the original Antica Casa company public in 1905 and his cousin Giovanni starting a competing factory in Alessandria. Teresio eventually was able to consolidate the two companies in 1937 and the G.B. Borsalino di Lazzaro designation was no longer used. The liner on this hat reads “G.B. Borsalino di Lazzaro & C. Created in Italy” while the sweatband is gold stamped “G.B. Borsalino di Lazzaro Fashioned in Canada Under Licence”. So, why would the G.B.Borsalino name be licensed to a Canadian company to produce their hats? I'm unsure, but although made in Canada, the hat has all of the quality that one would expect of an Italian made Borsalino of the period.