Vintage 1960s Pierre Cardin Mens Fedora Hat Size XL 7 1/2
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This is a fine quality fur felt fedora designed by Pierre Cardin during the 1960s. The hat has a narrow upturned brim that can be worn down at the front, if desired,(see photos) and also features an unusual squared crown. The crown is decorated with a black grosgrain ribbon and bow around its base. The interior top of the crown is lined in a padded black satin lining that is gold stamped “Creation Pierre Cardin”. The sweatband is also stamped in gold with Creation Pierre Cardin, the original owner’s initials HF and the retailer’s name Delion 14 Faubg St Honoré Paris. The hat has some paper labels on the inside of the sweatband (see photos). The opening measures 23 1/2 inches around the sweatband. This should fit a size 7 1/2 to 7 5/8 head (extra large). The brim measures 1 3/4 inches in width at the back, 2 inches at the sides and 2 1/8 inches at the front - the crown has a height of 5 inches.. It is in excellent condition with no wear, tear or soiling - this hat has been very well cared for over the years and looks like it was never used.
Pierre Cardin was known as a fashion innovator during the 1960s, designer of the collarless suit jacket worn by the Beatles and credited with reviving the fedora hat during the 60s by narrowing the brim to match the narrower lapels being used on suit jackets. Delion is a venerable Paris institution, founded in 1847, but pre-dating that as the partnership of Delion et Caron. They were located in the Passage Jouffroy, and appear to have moved to the Fauboug Honoré address circa 1941. Their hats were of the highest quality and they catered to a well heeled clientele.
The felt on this hat is a camel color, and the finish is semi-plush, like a camel hair coat. I assume that this was meant to match a camel hat outfit, which was very popular at the time.
This is an exceptional quality hat which has great style, very unique, a great addition to one's hat collection.