Announcement Here is Keith Lo Bue's "The Well Dressed Head", repository of hand-built 1900s to '30s accurate reproduction caps using the finest rare vintage materials. True vintage caps and other accessories round out the most expansive vintage-cap resource in the world.
Here is Keith Lo Bue's "The Well Dressed Head", repository of hand-built 1900s to '30s accurate reproduction caps using the finest rare vintage materials. True vintage caps and other accessories round out the most expansive vintage-cap resource in the world.
L'ARONDE (The Dove) - 1920s-Pattern French Style Casquette Flat Cap in Early 20th-Century Bulgarian Homespun Cotton - Made to Order
THE ÉCLAT - 1910s-Inspired 11.5" Diameter Fancy Pleated Flat Cap in Vintage Donegal Tweed - Size 7 1/4"
L'Étoile (The Star) - Novelty 1922 Pleated Fancy 6/3 Cap in Vintage Japanese Kimono Wool - Made to Order
THE GILES - 1920s Style 8/4 Newsboy Cap in Hickory Stripe Denim and Horsehide Visor - Made to Order
L'ARONDE (The Dove) - 1920s-Pattern French Style Casquette Flat Cap in Vintage Shadow Plaid Wool - Made to Order
LE COUTEAU (The Knife) Summer Straw - Norfolk-Pleated Casquette - 1920's-Pattern Flat Cap in Handwoven Hemp Straw - Made to Order
THE BROADWAY - 1910s-Inspired 11.5" Diameter Flat Cap in 1920s Chinese Handmade Plaid Cotton - Made to Order
THE BROADWAY - 1910s-Inspired 11.5" Diameter Flat Cap in Vintage Rustic Tweed - Made to Order
The FIVE POINTS Deco - 1910s-Pattern Flat Cap in Rare 1930s French Printed Cotton - Made to Order
The "IT" Cap - 1910s / 1920's Style Flat Cap With Box Pleated Top in 1940s Sydney-Made Suiting Wool - Made to Order
L'ARONDE (The Dove) - 1920s-Pattern French Style Casquette Flat Cap in Vintage Fleck Wool Tweed - Made to Order
LE COUTEAU (The Knife) Norfolk-Pleated Casquette - 1920's-Pattern Novelty Flat Cap in Vintage Pinstripe Wool - Made to Order
L'ARONDE (The Dove) - French-Style 1920s-Pattern Flat Cap in Rare 1930s German Summerweight Wool - Made to Order
The FIVE POINTS Cashmere - 1910s Reproduction Flat Cap in 100% Vintage Cashmere Wool and 19th-Century Calico Liner - Made to Order
L'ouvrier (The Worker) - 1930s-pattern French Workwear Hickory Stripe Railroad Denim Flat Cap - Made to Order
The PRIMA SPORT All-Weather Edition - 1910s/20s-Pattern French Casquette in Vintage Kimono Raincoat Silk - Made to Order
The FIVE POINTS Deco Velvet - 1910s Reproduction Flat Cap in Rare 1930s Silk/Cotton Velvet - Made to Order (Limited!)
L'ARONDE (The Dove) - 1920s-Pattern French Style Casquette Flat Cap in Vintage Mid-Century Modern Woven Cotton - Made to Order
THE RAGTOP - Your Own Favorite Worn-Out Jeans Made Into A 1920s Pattern Flat Cap - Made to Order
The FIVE POINTS 'Noir et Blanc' - 1910s Reproduction Flat Cap in Thai Handloomed Cotton/Linen and 1920s French Calico - Made to Order
The ASHCAT - 1920s-Style Workwear Railroad 8/4-Panel Cap in Japanese Wabash-Stripe Cloth - Made to Order
The FIVE POINTS - 1910s Reproduction Flat Cap in 1920s Handwoven Bulgarian Cotton - Made to Order
The FIVE POINTS - 1910s-Pattern Flat Cap in 1920s Handwoven Bulgarian Cotton - Made to Order
The FIVE POINTS - 1910s Reproduction Flat Cap in 19th Century Printed Cotton, With A Unique History - Made to Order (Limited!)
THE AERO-CLUB Casquette - 1920s-Pattern French Flat Cap With Pintuck Accents in Mauve Check Tweed - Made to Order
The KLOSEFIT Kap - Reproduction 1921 Double-Snap Flat Cap in Vintage Black Crépe Bouclé Pinstripe Wool - Made to Order
L'ARONDE (The Dove) - 1920's Repro French Style Casquette Flat Cap in Vintage Donegal Flecked Tweed - Made to Order
David on Feb 1, 20235 out of 5 stars
Excellent quality With an obvious eye for the important details involved with reproduction period items Color/ fabrics cut etc Design knowledge as well as craft All good I love my 1900 necktie Its Quite a thing Nice one Keith! David NYC
katyellr on Dec 24, 20225 out of 5 stars
Beautiful piece! This is exactly what I wanted. The vintage fabric is exquisite. Communication with the seller was excellent.
ChrisGrainger on Sep 3, 20225 out of 5 stars
In short, it's a fantastic cap and I am delighted with my purchase. The workmanship, design and materials are all top quality. The customer service and communication were also excellent throughout. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend items by The Well Dressed Head to anyone.
ChrisGrainger on Sep 3, 20225 out of 5 stars
Another unique and high quality item from The Well Dressed Head. Thoroughly pleased with my purchase.
Patrick on Aug 4, 20225 out of 5 stars
Cap is very well made and looks wonderful! Very happy with my purchase.
Patrick on Jul 16, 20225 out of 5 stars
I've owned several custom made caps based on vintage patterns. This is one is by far the nicest quality one I'd had the pleasure of owning. Top notch attention to detail and style. Also very quick construction and shipping given this is a handmade item. Highly recommended!
Simon on Jun 29, 20225 out of 5 stars
The cap is amazing... Keith is a craftsman... worth every penny.
craig37 on Jun 11, 20225 out of 5 stars
Great work on this cap, Keith! The needlework and design is amazing. Thanks!
GRANTLY A on May 20, 20225 out of 5 stars
This cap has a very nice design made with quality stitching and Real 100% leather sweat band
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 idiosyncrasies."
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