“Flanging and finishing” Follow lesson 6 by Maestro Rapetti

lesson N°6


Through the last manufacturing and finishing phases, we will find out about our finished hat. The felt is now ready for the flanging and finishing phases. The first thing to do is trim the brim. This operation is necessary because the brim must be raised during the flanging. This is the phase where, using special equipment, the felt takes on the definitive shape of a circle.


Let us move on to the "finishing", the last phase, during which the hat accessories will be applied. In this order: the seal, sewing the lining, hat band and the grosgrain, application of any other accessories requested by the client and lastly pressing. The Borsalino gold brand icon is also added to the hat, hot-pressed using a special machine.

Final inspection

At this point the hat undergoes a third and final quality check, the third inspection. Once it has passed, the hat is ready to be packaged and sent to the client.

At birth the gold brand is applied to every Borsalino, making it recognisable throughout the world.

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Lesson n° 1

How an handcrafted hat is born. From melange, through blowing and basting.

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Lesson n° 2

The cloche and the early steps of pre-fulling and steeping.

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Lesson n° 3

How to dye a Borsalino hat. Shrinking the felt to ensure the proper size.

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Lesson n° 4

The last shrinking and stiffening processes to give the hat its final size.

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Lesson n° 5

Creating the crown, through blocking and pumicing.

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Lesson n° 6

The last steps: finishing and adding all the accessories that make a Borsalino hat unique.

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