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 FIVE POINTS - 1910s Reproduction Flat Cap in Vintage Indigo Dyed Kimono Wool - Made to Order
The ANDERSON - 1910s Faithful Reproduction Cravatte Tie - in One of 16 Historic Cotton Prints
The FIVE POINTS - Indigo Edition Horsehide - 1910s Workwear Flat Cap in Vintage Wabash-Stripe Cloth & Horsehide Visor - Made to Order
The FIVE POINTS Horsehide - 1910s-Pattern Flat Cap in Rare 1920s/30s French Salt and Pepper Work Cloth - Made to Order
The FIVE POINTS - Bespoke 1910s Style Flat Cap in 1920s Bulgarian and French Cottons - 7 1/4"
The FIVE POINTS - Bespoke 1910s Style Flat Cap in Vintage Salt & Pepper Flecked Cloth - Made to Order
The GANDY DANCER - 1920-Pattern Railroad Workwear Flat Cap in 13oz. Hickory Stripe Denim - Made to Order
The METROPOLITAN - 1910's-Pattern Novelty Flat Cap in 1930s/40s Atomic-Fleck Tweed - Made to Order
The METROPOLITAN - Bespoke 1910's Style Novelty Flat Cap in 1920s/30s Barleycorn Tweed - Made to Order
The FIVE POINTS - Bespoke 1910s Style Flat Cap in 1920s Handwoven Bulgarian Cotton - Made to Order
The FIVE POINTS - Reproduction 1910s Style Flat Cap in Vintage Salt & Pepper Flecked Windowpane Cloth - Made to Order
The BOWERY - Bespoke 1920s Workwear 3 Piece Crown Flat Cap in Railway Stripe Cotton Denim - Made to Order
THE ARGONNE DENIM - Bespoke 1920's Style Four-Panel Eight Dart Flat Cap in 14.5oz Raw Levi's Denim - Made to Order
THE AERO-CLUB Casquette - 1920s-pattern Fancy Flat Cap in Vintage Long Fibred Wool - Made to Order
The ARGONNE DOT DENIM - Bespoke 1920's Style Four-Panel Eight Dart Flat Cap in Lightweight Black & White Dot Denim - Made to Order
The BOWERY - Bespoke 1920s Workwear 3 Piece Crown Flat Cap in 1900-1920 Bulgarian Handwoven Cotton - Made to Order
THE BAUHAUS 'Summer Straw' - 1910's-Pattern Flat Cap in Handwoven Hemp Straw & Vintage Cotton-Linen Liner - Made to Order
THE BAUHAUS - 1910s-Pattern Flat Cap with Vintage Violet-Blue/Black Chevron Zigzag Tweed - Made to Order
THE MIRÓ - Bespoke 1910's Style Flat Cap with 1948 Silk-Screened Linen Fabric - Made to Order
L'ARONDE (The Dove) - Bespoke 1920's French Style Casquette Flat Cap in Hickory Stripe Railroad Denim - Made to Order
The BOWERY 'Summer Straw' - 1920s-Pattern Flat Cap in Handwoven Hemp Straw & Vintage Cotton Liner - Made to Order
THE AERO-CLUB 'Summer Straw' - Bespoke 1920s Style Flat Cap in Handwoven Undyed Hemp Straw - Made to Order
The FIVE POINTS 'Summer Straw' - 1910's-Pattern Flat Cap in Hand-Woven Undyed Hemp Straw - Made to Order
Simon on Jun 29, 20225 out of 5 stars
Amazing cap, so happy I ordered it.
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
Taylor on May 16, 20225 out of 5 stars
The cap is absolutely perfect! Words cannot describe how happy I am with my purchase. I look forward to buying many more caps from Keith in the future!
squirrel91 on Mar 23, 20225 out of 5 stars
If you like caps made with an unwavering attention to style and detail you have come to the right place! A classic design from a bygone era undertaken with an amazing assortment of cloth options to make the cap unique to the buyer. Throw out the baseball cap and add some style! Keith is an artist when it comes to these caps and the attention to detail is evident every step of the process. A quality cap for a lifetime
squirrel91 on Mar 23, 20225 out of 5 stars
Another top shelf job from Keith! Pleasure to work with from opening communication to the safe and timely delivery of a great customized cap. Truly an individualized work of craft undertaken with the utmost care and detail.
Roberto on Feb 26, 20225 out of 5 stars
Masterful craftsmanship! Great fit! Truly a hat for a lifetime. Thank you sincerely.
Ran on Feb 24, 20225 out of 5 stars
My fourth cap from Keith using three different fabrics chosen from his vast fabric collection. Keith is a masterful cap maker of the highest level. I recommend Keith if you want the very best. I am sure you will be pleased with one of his creations!
craig37 on Feb 3, 20225 out of 5 stars
Sensational, as usual! never disappoints.
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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