adventures in hatting with Whisler Civilian
I originally found my way to Whisler Civillian because of a hat they’d designed cooperatively with Anvil – The Ranger. It was simple, but had the “adventurer” style to it that I’ve always loved. It was just the sort of casual hat that I’d been looking for, but was having trouble finding. Sadly, by the time I found it, they’d already sold out. I made a mental note to come back and check our their other offerings later.
A short time later, I was back, perusing Whisler’s stlyes and came across something that fit the bill pretty well, The Cumberland. It was “Ash” grey, had a larger, 3.25 inch brim, and was more casual than most of the hats you find online. It also had a simple crown, which is always nice. I was in the market for something a little more customizable, though, and I saw mention of customization on their site. So, I sent off an email.
Steve Whisler answered. He’s the man behind the hats, using vintage hat blocks to create them by hand. He was incredible helpful and was more than happy to accomadate my request – I was looking to set my own crease on an open crowned hat. He sent along some advice for steaming the felt of the hat (which I defintely used) and helped me get my cusom hat underway.
When my hat arrived, I was excited. I pulled the hat out of the box and looked over every inch. On the leather hat band, I found as Whisler hat tag. This one had handwritten on it, “The Alex”. I had my very own Whisler Civillian hat.
Now it was time to shape it.
shaping a hat
I took Steve’s advice and put a pot of water on the stove to boil. This would produce the heat and steam required to shape the hat.
It doesn’t matter how many videos you watch online about shaping hats. The only way to learn is to have a hat in your hands.
I spent about two hours standing over the stove, hat in hand, slowly and carefully shaping the crown. Starting with the main, traditional dent down the middle, then working it out to a teardrop, and finally creasing the corners of a diamond shape. I would finally top this off with creasing the front of the hat.
Since the initial shaping, I’ve done some fine tuning: sharpening a crease here, slightly rasing the crown there. I absolutely love my Whisler hat. A huge Thank You to Steve Whisler at Whisler Civilian for being so helpful and making such a great product!