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How to Care For Your Hat
I visited San Francisco’s oldest haberdashery, Cable Car Clothiers, to meet with the proprietor, Jonathan Levin and to get some tips on men’s hats and hat care. He shared the following based upon the stores 74 years of history in hats and menswear.
- When putting on a hat or adjusting it, handle it by the front and back brim, never by the crown.
- Do not pick up a hat/fedora by the pinch; it will misshape it over time. A straw fedora will crack and a felt hat may split the seam.
- Touch your hat with clean hands; oils from your hands may stain a light hat
- Always hang a hat. If no hook is available store it by inverting it and placing it on its crown. Placing a hat on its brim may flatten or cause a hat to loose its curve, especially if wet.
- Do not leave a hat in a car or in the sun as humidity may cause any hat material to lose shape, shrink or distort.
- Hats of any material may be sensitive to prolonged exposure to direct sunlight causing colors to fade.
- Brush your hat periodically with a soft brush.
When Purchasing A Hat
- Seek out a quality hat store where someone with experience can guide you through the options that most compliment your complexion, shape of your face and needs.
- Look for hats that have a specific size and avoid S, M, L, XL for the best fit and comfort.
- Sizing will vary by manufacturer and even among the same hats. So, don’t rely upon the tag size. Only trying on the hat will assure you of the best possible fit.
By The Way…
Panama hats aren’t made in Panama. When the Panama Canal was being built, this was the most popular style of hat on the project. The name “Panama” thus became forever linked to these hand woven straw hats from Ecuador.
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Cable Car Clothiers – Traditional Haberdashery
San Francisco’s British Goods Store Since 1939
A visit to Cable Car Clothiers is a delight. There just isn’t a menswear store quite like it anywhere, anymore. Filled with hard to find old-school British and American apparel and accessories, Cable Car Clothiers is also known for its large selection of fine hats and a recently added 1930’s period correct barber shop.
Jonathan Levin the president and grandson of Cable Car Clothiers founder Charles Pivnick., said “Growing up grandpa always wore a hat and a three piece suit. He used to tell me, “How you dress is how you present yourself. It gives you more confidence.”
“Our look is traditional and to this day our suits are constructed exactly the way my grandfather had them made 70 years ago – Southwick, three button jackets with a six button vests, never 5,” says Jonathan with a smile. “And, with a natural shoulder.”
“Our focus has always been on classic quality clothing, grooming and accessories made in the USA and the UK. The blueprint for the store was created by my grandfather and I don’t need to change it.”
“We have older customers who come in all the time and say, “I bought my very first blue blazer from your store.” And, we are getting a growing number of young guys who are seeking quality and appreciate our look. They love our hats, our Harris Tweed or corduroy 3 button natural shoulder jackets or we make a special suit for them to our Cable Car specifications. Of course we can also adjust any MTM to whatever the customer requests.”
Looking around Cable Car you will find off-white cable knit cricket sweaters from the UK, pure badger shaving brushes, walking sticks, St John’s Bay Rum, ascots, collar pins, blazer buttons, a four tier rack filled with hundreds of bow ties, long glass cases filled with hats in every imaginable shape, colors and style and of course plenty of traditional cut pants and jackets. It is just the place to locate that classic seersucker suit in time for spring.
And, if you need a shave or a haircut, be sure and make an appointment with Nicky the barber .
Cable Car Clothiers, 110 Sutter St, San Francisco, California