On January 17, 1920, a nationwide, alcohol prohibition was mandated (otherwise known as the Eighteenth Amendment).
On December 5, 1933, the Twenty-first Amendment was ratified, officially repealing the prohibition of alcohol.
And on December 5, 2013, with a temperature of 7 degrees F. outside, The Goorin Bros. Hat Shop on Larimer Square hosted a hot Repeal of Prohibition Day party.
Bow ties from Nineteen Forty at the Goorin Bros. Repeal of Prohibition Day Party. Photo by Francie Swidler, The Denver Post
Don’t you like to walk into a party where the men are dapper, the women are wearing fringe, the roaring 1920s band up front is playingLa Vie En Rose, and the bar has turned into a speakeasy? I certainly like to.
And so does the San Francisco-based hat retailer, which celebrated the right to drink, and the right to drink in style on Thursday night at its Larimer Square store in Denver.
The shop turned out to be quite the classy venue for a small gathering – having enough space for merchandise, a bar, snacks from The Green Russell, a couple men’s pop-up shops, and even live jazz music fromGypsySwingRevue.
A stack of hats at the Goorin Bros. Repeal of Prohibition Day Party. Photo by Francie Swidler, The Denver Post
The 118 year-old heritage Goorin Bros. brand specializes in re-creating classic hats with a modern twist, and the speakeasy soiree helped to showcase a few looks from their newly launched holiday hat collections in honor of the 80th anniversary of the repeal – with the similar look and feel of hats from the 1920′s and 1930′s.
There was the the Repeal of Prohibition Collection, and theEscape Artist Collection – both of which include various styles of fine knit flat caps and wider-brimmed fedoras. Hats begin at around $110, and are actually quite the dashing holiday gift for the modern gentleman.
The hats were all well and good, but there were a couple man pop-up shops that caught my eye at the party as well.
The first was Nineteen Forty, a custom bow tie company based in Boulder that makes an awesome affordable ($50-$140) collection of bow ties in vintage cottons, silks, wools and even cashmere.
Classy hats at the Goorin Bros. Repeal of Prohibition Day Party. Photo by Francie Swidler, The Denver Post
I also came across The Bespoke Edge, based out of Windsor near Fort Collins, that creates handcrafted clothing for men – think shirts, sport coats and dress pants, even pocket squares and neckties.
Men of Denver looking to buy some dress clothes this season should give The Bespoke Edge a shot. Their custom garments – that you help design – aren’t much more expensive than the shirts you’re buying at Macy’s. Dress shirts begin at $135, and suits at $795.
If you’re afraid of looking like Don Draper – although, I don’t know why you would be – Goorin Bros also has hats and accessories to keep your head toasty, so you can still look fly while staying warm. Win-win.
Hats off to them.
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