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
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.
Steve on Jan 20, 20225 out of 5 stars
The seller gave excellent service keeping me updated with progress regularly and item arrived earlier than expected .
olenepps1 on Dec 22, 20215 out of 5 stars
Perfect ! Exceeded my expectations . Craftsmanship is outstanding. Great artistic vision well worth the price .
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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