Goorin Style Profile is a platform to feature bold individuals with genuine character in the latest Goorin Bros. collections. We pride ourselves in combining classic tradition with contemporary flavor - just like the men and women who don our hats. This month, we introduce two young men who are starting to make a name for themselves in San Francisco, CA. - Dario Smith and Dante' Wright of The Bellwether Project.
Wearing a hat can signify many things, what does it mean to you?
Dantè: Hat selection is just as important as your choice of color palette or choice of suit. It is a reflection of character and it is the piece that can make or break the outcome of any outfit.
Dario: It is a staple item in my ensembles because it signifies my entire body being in sync. My shoes and hat usually coordinate. A dark blue Pork Pie will always compliment rigid indigo dyed denim pants and brown leather boots (The San Francisco combo I'd like to call it), almost any shirt works in this case.
What advice would you give to individuals who are hesitant or scared of wearing a hat?
Dantè: A hat should not be worn just to cover up bed head. It is a symbol of confidence and a reflection of character. Therefore have fun with them, but remember that it is like any other clothing item - buying a hat that fits your head shape is key.
Dario: To the headpiece novice, I would suggest starting with shorter brims in earth toned colorways (or colors that "compliment" your existing wardrobe). A nice straw fedora for summer days and a good tweed gatsby for autumn/winter are classic staples to help ease one into the world of hatter-dom.
What does being "bold" mean to you?
Dantè: Being bold to me is stepping outside of your style comfort zone and trying something new, whether it be pattern clashing or a color palette, it has to be something out of the ordinary for you.
Dario: Being bold is having confidence. It is persisting into unknown frontiers understanding that the worst possible outcome is experience. Bold is maintaining character without regard to praise, criticism, or adversity. Bold is how we expect every client to feel after experiencing The Bellwether Project.
Dario and Dante are wearing hats from our American Made Collection. Walter Craig and Jackson are part of a nine-piece line of handcrafted straw fedoras, porkpies and boater hats inspired by the sights and sound of 1940's Cuba.
View more of the collection here.
Learn more about The Bellwether Project