Joshua Kissi: The majority of our posts seem to center on principle pieces in our wardrobe, but it’s worth considering how the details of an outfit affects your overall look. The difficulties in finding the right accessories—from wrist accoutrements to rings—can be a pesky, yet worthwhile task. Travis’ previous post on the Newsboy cap called for a continuation on headwear discussion. With that in mind, let’s talk about the porkpie hat.
The porkpie holds a brim of history, linking certain music subcultures such as the early platform of Jamaican ska and the jazz scene. Similar to the majority of menswear pieces, the porkpie was commenced by English men that displayed its style about town. Trilby hats and fedoras are similar in design, but the porkpie dons a noticeably flat top paired with a short brim. The hat comes in a variety of styles and colors that are less commonly manufactured in straw material.
Hats are an accessory that can provide an edge and distinction to your getup. It’s important to find the correct style to not only suit your appearance, but also compliment your look. I went through a few dozen hats before I came across the one below that I felt was on point.
Fit Description: The average 19th century man would have paired this hat or anything similar with a suit. The expansion of modern menswear, though, lets us pair them with t-shirts, sweaters, and blazers. The hat, which I found at a thrift store, originally had a black band with a red feather peaking out of the left side. Kadeem and I eventually replaced the materials with our own rendition of a porkpie.
With the weather noticeably cooler weather, I’ve been frequently wearing my Flathead raw denim. They’re a bit more difficult to break in than my last two pairs of raw denim (both APC New Cure) because of the sturdy construction and quality. I can only imagine what they’ll look like in March or April with heavy amounts of wear.
- Vintage porkpie hat – rec (Fine & Dandy ) (Brixton)
- J.Crew sueded polo
- Zara Sherpa reversible vest
- Tanner Goods belt
- Self Edge x Flathead
- Mens COACH Harrison slim tote
- Vintage Cole Haan horsebit loafers (thrifted)
The outer of this suede bag may scream luxurious, but I’ve been lugging it everywhere I can to give it some character.
Photographer Kadeem Johnson (aka Kjohnlasoul) is no stranger to our site. Participant and student in our latest editorial Black Ivy his eccentric personal style speaks for itself. The fellow Bronx resident started his own personal style blog titled Kjohnlasoul where he depicts his own style occasionly accompanied by friends.
People often ask where do we specifically acquire our wrist accoutrements – He explained how the task of filling up his fingers and wrist with such great jewelery was a process, he eventually compiled different pieces as months and years passed by.
Location : Fort Washington Park
History: The porkpie hat is a type of hat made of felt, or less commonly, straw. It is somewhat similar to a trilby or fedora, but with a flat top. The crown is short and has an indentation all the way around, instead of the pinch crown typically seen on fedoras and homburgs. The porkpie hat originated in the mid-19th century. Originally referring to a type of woman’s hat, the porkpie gets its name from its resemblance to a porkpie.