Vintage Pierre Cardin Mens Fedora Hat by Flechet 1960s Blue Fur Felt Size S
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This is a fine quality fur felt fedora designed by Pierre Cardin during the 1960s and made for Cardin by venerable French milliner Fléchet. Fléchet was founded in 1859 by Gabriel Fléchet in a town called Chazelles-sur-Lyon, near Saint-Etienne. Fléchet quality of that era, and prior, is put on a par (or better) with Italian milliner Borsalino. The hat is made in a gorgeous blue colour with purplish grosgrain band and edge trim. It has a turned brim, similar to a homburg, but with an irregular width - much wider at the front than at the back. The interior top of the crown is lined in a black satin lining that is gold stamped “Création Pierre Cardin Paris Réalisée Par Fléchet”. The black leather sweatband is also stamped in gold with “Création Pierre Cardin Paris Réalisée Par Fléchet”, as well as with “100% Fur Felt Made in France”. There is no size label, but the opening measures 21 1/2” around the sweatband. This should fit a size 6 7/8 head (small). The brim measures 2” in width at the back and at the sides and 3” at the front - the crown has a height of 4 3/4”. It is in very good condition with no wear, tear or soiling except for one small brownish mark near the bow and about 2 or 3 areas on the grosgrain edge of the brim where there are some light stains that are lighter than shown since I’ve worked on them after taking the photos. I would assume that a good hat shop would be able to get rid of these, but they aren’t that noticeable in any case. 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.
This is an exceptional quality hat.....great style, beautiful colour fur felt, unique brim, and nice acquisition if it fits!