L'ouvrier (The Worker) - 1930s-pattern French Workwear Indigo Stripe Denim Flat Cap - Made to Order

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L'ouvrier (The Worker) - 1930s-pattern French Workwear Indigo Stripe Denim Flat Cap

L'ouvrier is an authentic reproduction of an original vintage 1930s French denim worker's cap in my collection. My only addition here is a crown snap.

This is the model cap which LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) purchased from me for their history of menswear exhibition.

The denim used here is a 12oz. jacquard-stripe denim cloth. I have hot washed and dried it to completely pre-shrink the fabric before construction so you can throw it in the wash without shrinkage. The visor is simply made of denim, like the original, to promote being easily cleaned.

Because of the informal structure of this cap, this model will not come with one of my Cap Keeper pillows.

Of course, you could stuff it if you like to get a more rounded profile.

For information on measuring your head, please visit this chart:
http://www.lobue-art.com/headsize.html

Cap dimensions: 10" diameter lying flat / Brim length at center: 2.5"

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Please contact me before ordering a cap and I’ll let you know the turnaround time, which can be several weeks, depending on my workload - I am generally running with about 10 caps in my production queue at any given time.


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A few words about what I make and my philosophy here at The Well-Dressed Head:

For several years now I have been an enthusiast and collector of early men's newsboy, cabbie and golf/sporting caps from the 1910s through the 1930s. It always surprised me that for a fashion item that was SO ubiquitous in its time, so little knowledge of the caps has survived. Heck, so few of the caps themselves have survived!

Their big brothers, fedoras and other forms of felt and straw hat, are much easier to follow across the historical timeline. And though I do love those lids, I'm a guy who tends to go for the underdog. So many caps didn't survive the ravages of moths, hard labor or simply the passage of time. It seems beyond my understanding that headwear so beautiful in design, so flattering to a man's look, would fade into obscurity in favor of the baseball cap.

It was indeed the baseball cap that gradually over took these magnificent designs and became the cloth cap of choice for a majority of men. Even the recent reappearance of flat caps with the hipster crowd have very little to do with their forebears, and at best are mediocre designs aesthetically.

It is therefore my humble mission (along with a small handful of other talented bespoke makers) to reeducate the public about these elegant yet practical pieces of clothing that can complement the vintage or even the most contemporary wardrobe.

The Well Dressed Head will keep a selection of true vintage caps for sale dating from the late 1910's through the 1930's, with occasional later examples when appropriate.

Now, about the caps I build.

There are several elements for me to consider when pricing these caps. I can hardly factor in the time spent in fabrication - some of these caps can take three days to create - so other considerations are important.

I spend a lot of time and money collecting extraordinary fabrics from around the world that have a quality I feel are outstanding and unique, while paying homage to the historical examples in photographs and collections. Many of these antique cloths are in small pieces that may yield only one or two caps, ensuring the product is as unique and bespoke as possible.

Those caps that have leather sweatbands feature only top-quality Australian leathers, and under the 'hood' of the fabric, each visor is hand-cut from Australian leather, with a special compressed stiffening material to give it the ability to bend, yet hold its shape. No plastics are used in my visors.

Certain styles are made with grosgrain ribbon sweatbands, and for these I use NOS (new old stock) ribbon from France dating from the 1910s to the '20s.


Finally, a word about imperfection.

This is a handmade object, lovingly built with special and sometimes rare and delicate materials. There will be slight inconsistencies in the materials, weaves and stitching, These are considered the mark of the hand and intrinsic to the design. I'll leave you with a favorite quote by Charles Eames:

"You wouldn’t say an axe handle has style to it. It has beauty, and an appropriateness of form, and a “this-is-how-it-should-be-ness.” But it has no style because it has no mistakes. Style reflects one’s idiosyncracies."
L'ouvrier (The Worker) - 1930s-pattern French Workwear Indigo Stripe Denim Flat Cap

L'ouvrier is an authentic reproduction of an original vintage 1930s French denim worker's cap in my collection. My only addition here is a crown snap.

This is the model cap which LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) purchased from me for their history of menswear exhibition.

The denim used here is a 12oz. jacquard-stripe denim cloth. I have hot washed and dried it to completely pre-shrink the fabric before construction so you can throw it in the wash without shrinkage. The visor is simply made of denim, like the original, to promote being easily cleaned.

Because of the informal structure of this cap, this model will not come with one of my Cap Keeper pillows.

Of course, you could stuff it if you like to get a more rounded profile.

For information on measuring your head, please visit this chart:
http://www.lobue-art.com/headsize.html

Cap dimensions: 10" diameter lying flat / Brim length at center: 2.5"

**************************


**************** NOTE *****************


Please contact me before ordering a cap and I’ll let you know the turnaround time, which can be several weeks, depending on my workload - I am generally running with about 10 caps in my production queue at any given time.


*****************************************


A few words about what I make and my philosophy here at The Well-Dressed Head:

For several years now I have been an enthusiast and collector of early men's newsboy, cabbie and golf/sporting caps from the 1910s through the 1930s. It always surprised me that for a fashion item that was SO ubiquitous in its time, so little knowledge of the caps has survived. Heck, so few of the caps themselves have survived!

Their big brothers, fedoras and other forms of felt and straw hat, are much easier to follow across the historical timeline. And though I do love those lids, I'm a guy who tends to go for the underdog. So many caps didn't survive the ravages of moths, hard labor or simply the passage of time. It seems beyond my understanding that headwear so beautiful in design, so flattering to a man's look, would fade into obscurity in favor of the baseball cap.

It was indeed the baseball cap that gradually over took these magnificent designs and became the cloth cap of choice for a majority of men. Even the recent reappearance of flat caps with the hipster crowd have very little to do with their forebears, and at best are mediocre designs aesthetically.

It is therefore my humble mission (along with a small handful of other talented bespoke makers) to reeducate the public about these elegant yet practical pieces of clothing that can complement the vintage or even the most contemporary wardrobe.

The Well Dressed Head will keep a selection of true vintage caps for sale dating from the late 1910's through the 1930's, with occasional later examples when appropriate.

Now, about the caps I build.

There are several elements for me to consider when pricing these caps. I can hardly factor in the time spent in fabrication - some of these caps can take three days to create - so other considerations are important.

I spend a lot of time and money collecting extraordinary fabrics from around the world that have a quality I feel are outstanding and unique, while paying homage to the historical examples in photographs and collections. Many of these antique cloths are in small pieces that may yield only one or two caps, ensuring the product is as unique and bespoke as possible.

Those caps that have leather sweatbands feature only top-quality Australian leathers, and under the 'hood' of the fabric, each visor is hand-cut from Australian leather, with a special compressed stiffening material to give it the ability to bend, yet hold its shape. No plastics are used in my visors.

Certain styles are made with grosgrain ribbon sweatbands, and for these I use NOS (new old stock) ribbon from France dating from the 1910s to the '20s.


Finally, a word about imperfection.

This is a handmade object, lovingly built with special and sometimes rare and delicate materials. There will be slight inconsistencies in the materials, weaves and stitching, These are considered the mark of the hand and intrinsic to the design. I'll leave you with a favorite quote by Charles Eames:

"You wouldn’t say an axe handle has style to it. It has beauty, and an appropriateness of form, and a “this-is-how-it-should-be-ness.” But it has no style because it has no mistakes. Style reflects one’s idiosyncracies."

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