Braided leather hats from Makins are not cheap. They take a lot of time to create. Narrow strips of leather are painstakingly sewn together one by one. We're talking days of work. Once the braiding is done, the hat needs to be blocked (shaped) using live steam over decades old wooden blocks. Then the finish trim is applied. The result is unlike anything else in the hat industry. Only Makins does this kind of work. In the heart of NYC. We ordered just a few of these black smooth leather fedoras with cracked caramel leather underside. In most cases, you get what you pay for. Here you get a lot more. Limited to 6 pieces.