A working museum
The Optimo factory is a working museum of hat equipment dating back to the turn of the century. Collected over decades, each piece has its own history and provenance. We utilize production techniques that involve technologies invented in the late 1800’s to 1950’s as well as modern, state of the art machines. Because it is a working factory, the workshop is not open to the public.
Creasing a hat is a nearly forgotten ritual. Fine hats from the early 20th century until about the 1940s were often …
MAKING AN OPTIMO FELT
Proper hatmaking involves dozens of steps, from the felting of fine furs, through shaping, surface finishing and trimming …
Good craft is seamless and invisible. It shows no evidence. It is refined, uniform and balanced …