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To chip in briefly, I do think it's been the case through most of the past 100 years that most men didn't look at these differences, or care a lot about them. But the general standard of taste and norm on spending on clothes was…
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It's impressive isn't it? You wouldn't think just bark and skin could produce that.
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Yes that's a very good one. He wrote well didn't he? Or had a good editor at that magazine. I do find it interesting how many things I'd disagree with him on too. Black coats. Washable suits. The general approach is faultless though.
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Johannes, try hand washing the hat in cold water, with a small amount of detergent. Then press it with a towel and lay flat to dry (ideally on a rack). This might bring the fibres back in a bit.
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