Chapelo Bespoke Hats
Photo/Jeff Harris
Jonathan Rodebaugh lowers a skeletal, black contraption onto my head, its weight sinking into my hair. It looks like a medieval torture device, but thankfully it’s not dangerous. The Victorian-era headgear is called a conformateur—and it only measures the shape of your head. Though it may seem archaic, high-end hat makers like Rodebaugh, founder of Chapelo, believe that the conformateur is one of the most important instruments for creating perfect-fitting headwear for his clients. “It’s one of three tools we use, along with a measuring tape and head caliper,” Rodebaugh says. “The measurements we take are used to create a custom-fitting hat to your exact head shape.” …
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