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News from Akubra

September 13, 2019

For those who would like to know more about Akubra, we’ve uploaded their latest newsletter for you to read. Topics include: solar panels and LED lighting added to the facility; Pope Francis receives an Akubra, and Mick Fanning, three time world champion surfer drops in.

Read the newsletter here. A pdf will open in your browser.

 

 

RIP Phillip Hawk

August 30, 2019

We have received news that Phillip Hawk, the craftsman behind our bridle leather belts has passed away.

As an expert saddler/shoe maker, Phillip made our belts for many years, before passing the tradition on to Danny Whitaker. We were always proud of the extreme care and workmanship he put into each belt.

Please read this blog post if you would like to know more about Phillip.

Our condolences to the family.

 

 

 

 

Our Indy Bash

August 7, 2019

When you look carefully at the stills of different Indiana Jones movies, you’ll see that Indy’s iconic hat looks a bit different in each movie. The crown might be slightly higher in one, or the brim a tiny bit narrower. Sometimes the felt is thicker, and sometimes it’s a different shade of brown.

In fact, these details are important enough to warrant an entire page to the iconic Indy Hat. Visit IndyGear to get all of the details.

When we first began to sell the Adventurer, we needed to come up with a style for our Indy Bash. Most people want the look from the original “Raiders” movie, so that is what we chose. The front pinch is very tight and extends down the length of the crown. The top has a steep center crease and the brim is slightly curved on the side.

We offer the Indy Bash for an additional $20.00 with the purchase of the hat.

Here are a few pics to show the detail.

 

Adventurer with Indy Bash, Front View

 

Adventurer with Indy Bash, Back View

 

Adventurer with Indy Bash, Side View

 

Adventurer with Indy Bash, Top Front View

 

Adventurer with Indy Bash, Top Back View

 

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The Adventurer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit Our Pinterest Page

July 11, 2019

We are proud of our Akubra hats. Their quality is top notch and with good care, an Akubra will last for years.

Our customers seem to agree. When you purchase an item from David Morgan, you are given the chance to make a review. You can also post a photograph of yourself. Hands down, the largest number of photographs we get are of customers wearing their Akubra. And, over the years, we’ve collected many images.

We’ve posted these images on our Pinterest page. Feel free to take a look.

Do you have a picture you’d like to share? Let us know and we’ll post it for you.

 

 

Farewell, Byrnie Utz

June 21, 2019

After selling hats in downtown Seattle for 84 years, the Byrnie Utz store closed its doors in September, 2018. For anyone interested in the details, The Seattle Times ran a story last year. Link here.

They were a wonderful company that sold Akubra hats along with many other brands.

Recently we obtained some of their remaining stock. We’re able to offer these hats at sale prices. They are limited to stock on hand. Browse the hats to see if you can find one that fits.

We also received some very interesting antique items that reveal the world of hatselling.

 

A Hat Stretcher

 

The hat stretcher will stretch a hat about a half of a size. Any more than that and you will damage the hat.

 

Old Stetson Boxes

 

 

Gold Embossing Tool

 

The gold embossing tool was used to print the name of the hat wearer. Since hats were worn by nearly everyone prior to the 1960s, it was easy to get yours lost among the others, especially in a restaurant or any place with a coat check.

 

 

Closeup of the embossing tool

 

A closeup of the embossing tool reveals the name: The Name-o-Gramer.

We’ll miss Byrnie and the part of Seattle that has been rapidly disappearing for the past ten years.

 

 

 

Sale Items at David Morgan

May 31, 2019

We have a variety of discontinued items on our website. Take a look and maybe you’ll find something unique for yourself or as a gift for someone. All items are high-quality. They are only on sale because they have been discontinued.

Here are three items to get you started:

The Stockman Hat

The Safari Duffel

Planter Hat

 

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David Morgan Sale Items

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mayser Hats

May 20, 2019

Mayser Hats was established over 200 years ago in Ulm, Germany. Leonhard Mayser’s success came early with his desire to produce quality men’s hats. Over the next two centuries, Mayser has expanded into other industrial areas, but their motto remains as “Innovation by Tradition.” Mayser uses traditional methods with modern techniques. This allows them to produce high quality hats yet remain on the front edge of fashion.

 

Featherweight Panama

 

Vented Panama Fedora

 

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Mayser Hats

 

 

Frost River Additions

April 19, 2019

The quality of Frost River’s waxed canvas bags can’t be argued. They are made in the United States, in Duluth, Minnesota. Their products are made with the highest quality materials, many which are also made in the US. They benefit from over 250 years of experience in the North Woods and Boundary Waters. Built by hand and built to last, Frost River guarantees their luggage for life.

We are pleased to offer two new items by Frost River.

 

Arrowhead Roll Top

 

Named after the famous Arrowhead Region of northeast Minnesota, the Arrowhead Rolltop is an incredibly versatile pack, adjusting in size from as small as 18 inches in height to about 27 inches. The bridle leather straps with brass hardware secure the pack whether filled with gear or rolled up to the most compact size. Built with tough, 18 oz. waxed canvas, the pack has a double bottom for durability and two grommeted air vents on the side. Read more here.

 

Lake Huron Tote

 

The Lake Huron Tote by Frost River is your essential, day-to-day companion. The 18 ounce waxed canvas and the two-inch cotton web handles allow for lugging heavy loads. The double-waxed canvas bottom adds another layer of durability. There are two exterior side pockets. The size of this tote is 13″ high by 13.5″ long and 5.75″ wide. Read more here.

 

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Frost River

 

 

 

Occulture Artist: Dorothy Napangardi

March 29, 2019

The following description is for the artwork designed by Dorothy Napangardi, who was a Warlpiri speaking Indigenous Australian from Alice Springs. Her artwork is featured on our Women’s Dreaming pendant and Women’s Dreaming earrings.

The country associated with this Jukurrpa is Mina Mina, a place far to the west of Yuendumu, which is significant to Napangardi/Japanangka men. All of them are custodians of the Jukurrpa that created that area.

The Jukurrpa story tells of the journey of a group of women of all ages who traveled to the east gathering food, collecting “ngalyipi”, snake vine (Tinospora Smilacina) and performing ceremonies as they traveled. The women began their journey at Mina Mina where “karlangu” digging sticks emerged from the ground. Taking these implements, the women traveled east far beyond the Walpiri boundaries creating Janyinki and other sites.

The Ngalyipi vine grows up the trunks and limbs of the “kurrkara”. (Allocasuarina Decaisneana desert oak trees.)

Ngalyipi is a sacred vine that has many uses. It can be used as a ceremonial wrap, as a strap to carry “parrajas” — wooden bowls that are laden with bush tucker — and as a tourniquet for headaches.

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Occulture Jewelry

 

The Nevern Cross Church (Saint Brynach)

March 8, 2019

There is a church in Nevern (Nanhyfer),Wales dedicated to Saint Brynach. Nevern is a small village and parish in Pembrokeshire, West Wales.  It lies in the valley of the River Nevern.

Nevern Cross (courtesy, Wikipedia)

 

The famous cross, constructed in medieval times, is 13 feet tall and ornamented with Celtic knotwork. It is dedicated to Saint Brynach, who lived lived in the late 5th and early 6th centuries. He was a native of nearby Cemaes who, after a pilgrimage to Rome and a sojourn in Brittany, returned to Wales to lead an ascetic life in Nanhyfer. The cross was carved in the 10th or 11th century. Legend has it that the cuckoo, on returning to Wales in the spring, first sings from the cross on April 7th, the saint’s feast day.

 

St Brynach’s Cross Pendant

 

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Celtic Jewelry