This is my first post :)
Several years ago I bought a leather Henschel hat. I thought it was a cowboy hat, but after some investigation it seems that this is an outback hat. (not sure if that makes a difference or not)
Anyway, I wore the hat a time or two and then pretty much forgot about it. Not sure what was wrong with me. LOL. Anyway, I dug the hat out of the closet today, I have fully decided that I do not care what anyone thinks, I am going to wear my hat.
The only problem is that the hat was "crushed" over the years. I think I ruined it.
Can my hat be saved? The hat still wears fine but it has some creases and sags. Will wearing the hat fix it? Also, there is some signs of the leather drying out, should I use saddle soap?
As Kansas Jack suggested if you just wear it into a shape that reflects it's owner.
As to your question about saddle soap, if the leather is dry and starting to crack I would put a liberal dose of conditioner on the hat and then heat the leather in the sun or with a hair dryer until the conditioner soaks in and repeat the process until the hat becomes flexible again then wear it and let the sweat do the rest.
I can't wear a leather hat because I sweat so bad and it runs down in my eyes.
I wish that It stays intact as long as possible and make you feel proud. You may consult some hat provider if he could restore it to original condition by patching it.
Touch base with Aztex hats in Scottsdale AZ, the have restored a couple of my hats that I thought for sure would have ended up in the dump. Here is a link, http://www.aztexhats.com/
Sho 'nuff, Jerem, I also have an Outback hat. They're wonderful. Just keep on wearing it and it will come back to whatever shape it should be on your head. I like mine 'cuz I think it has the best sweatband in the business..
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