Friday, January 19, 2018

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Monday, January 15, 2018

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Beach #1

From today, I'll be enjoying the above view for a week; (southern hemisphere) summer holidays at Amaroana Beach in Hawkes Bay.
Naturally, South Pacific Berets and Boneteria Aotearoa remain "open" 24/7 and all orders placed after today will be posted on the 20th of January.
Meanwhile, a daily updated beret-beach-pic on The Beret Project!

Friday, January 12, 2018

How to Wear a Gaucho's Poncho as a Scarf

As essential a part of the gaucho's attire as the beret, or boina, is the woolen poncho. Used as a jacket, blanket, pillow, tablecloth, etc, it is typically worn as a scarf while riding and wrangling cattle. 

How to wear a gaucho's poncho as a scarf?
1. Wring poncho together like a wet towel.
2. Swing one end around right shoulder, with the other end under left arm.
3. Keep left hand in place. Wrap right end around your neck.
4.Tie both ends above your heart.
5. Drink mate, wear a beret and ride horse into the sunset.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The old FEZCO Factory in Strakonice

The oldest industry in Strakonice, then part of the Ottoman Empire, was the manufacturing of fezzes.
The first fezes were produced in Strakonice in 1805–1807 and became a great export commodity. The export to Turkey was particularly strong until 1925. 
The fez was Turkey's traditional headgear until (founder of the modern Turkish republic) Mustafa Kemal Atatürk banned it in in 1925 as part of his modernizing reforms. The Hat Law of 1925 introduced the use of Western style hats instead of the fez.
The sudden reduction in demand for fezzes made FEZCO turn to berets, one of the most popular hats at the time. 
Eventually FEZCO merged into the nationalized Hückel company TONAK (1948) and berets were made under both the FEZCO and TONAK label. 
These photographs depict the old factories that were once used to manufacture FEZCO berets. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


Not for the shy and self-conscious:  wearing a yellow beret does require a certain amount of confidence and sturdiness.
You're not alone though...

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Monkees

The Monkees are an American rock and pop band originally active between 1965 and 1971, with subsequent reunion albums and tours in the decades that followed.
They were formed in Los Angeles in 1965 by Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider for the American television series The Monkees, which aired from 1966 to 1968. 
The musical acting quartet was composed of Americans Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork and British stage and television actor and singer Davy Jones.
During the filming of the second season, the band became tired of scripts which they deemed monotonous and stale. They had already succeeded in eliminating the laugh track (a then-standard on American sitcoms), with the bulk of Season 2 episodes airing minus the canned chuckles. 
However, stereotyping was a good part of The Monkees' humour; berets for artists, fake moustaches and striped shirts for Frenchmen and the like...

Monday, January 8, 2018

Beer Snob

An interesting article on craft beers and how to recognize quality (or the lack of it); the etiquette of when to send a beer back and how to word your dissatisfaction without being a snob.
Good stuff. I just fail to understand why the Beer-Snob wears a beret...

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Bruery Beret

The Bruery is a microbrewery established in Placentia, California. The brewery was founded by Patrick Rue in 2008. Belgian tradition has been a big influence in the brewery’s brewing methods and the types of beers produced. The Bruery does not engage in beer filtration and pasteurization so beers always come out fresh and organic for people to enjoy. Many beers go through bottle conditioning for carbonation. The Bruery strives to use unconventional beer ingredients that create unique and distinctive flavors. The brewery has at least 15 types of beers that come in wide range of ingredients, characters and flavors.
Beret is as artistic as those who wear its namesake cap. Our brewers developed a silky, full-bodied wheat ale which we began fermenting with our house yeast strain. To finish the fermentation, we added our collection of barnyard bacteria, intended to slowly sour the ale, bringing out a slight funk and refreshing piquancy. Finally, a small dose of pureed raspberries were added for just a hint of fruity tannins, putting the berry in Beret.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Africa 1st

Second year journalism student and risk-taking entrepreneur Thothy Thokozani Dladla recently introduced his new brand of clothing, Africa 1st, to Rhodes University. Dladla describes this project as more than just a clothing line; it is a movement. Africa 1st targets the African youth who are keen on embracing and celebrating our continent. He uses the term ‘African’ here to describe all people who live in Africa, regardless of race.
The birth of Africa 1st came out of Dladla’s recognition that there is a gap in the market where African products are concerned. He acknowledges that “as Africans, we don’t have our own clothing label which is purely defined by the African continent. One that is made by and for Africans.” His new clothing line can be described as an authentic brand which celebrates Africa. He believes that we can embrace our continent by avoiding vanity in brands named after people, and instead wear a brand named after the continent to support and promote the African agenda.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Heads Up on the New Plato Grandes from Argentina!

Proud to announce the new stock from Buenos Aires has arrived and is now listed on the website. 
The boinas Guarda Pampas are easily the sturdiest, best quality cotton berets available, in 30 and 34cm diameter and in many new colour combinations.

The Tolosa Tupida Plato Grande 32cm range has been extended with the Havana-Brown model; a one-off custom production for South Pacific Berets. 
Our previous custom made model in Green is still available in a very small number.

Bernard Monna & Daughters

A native of Southern France and fourth-generation liquoriste, Bernard Monna is the first to produce black currant wines and Crème de Cassis in Québec.
He first arrived on Île d'Orléans in the early 1970s and quickly settled into the area that was to become his home. The spot boasted the ideal microclimate for growing black currant - damp and well-drained soil protected from the spring frost due to its proximity to the river.
Cassis Monna & Filles currently cultivates 16 hectares of land and produces over 40,000 bottles per year - numbers that are sure to continue to grow. Heir to a long-standing family tradition, Bernard Monna is proud to be passing down his knowledge to his two daughters, Catherine and Anne, who will ensure that the tradition is carried on for years to come.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Guy Bel, Blacksmith from Québec

Guy Bel, born in Lyon (France), is a self-taught art-metal worker impassioned by traditional techniques, with a background in studies at the École des Beaux Arts in Lyon and training in sheet metal work. His experience has served him well in his search for excellence.
His work may be found everywhere in Québec and elsewhere in Canada, at the historic sites of Louisbourg in Nova Scotia, Fort Chambly and Fort Lennox in Saint Paul on Île aux Noix. In Québec, he completed art-metal work at the Artillery Park and on Île d'Orléans at the Mauvide-Genest manor house.
For Guy Bel, nothing is more motivating than taking on a job that many deem impossible. Metal work offers so many possibilities that he never gets bored. In his opinion, the prize he won in the "Coup de Cœur du Public Visa Desjardins 2000", contest held during the Salon des Métiers d'Art du Québec in Montréal is the best recognition that an artist can obtain.
His mastery of a traditional trade that is slowly dying out makes him an ideal candidate for special events. From Arizona where he was invited by the ABANA (Artist Blacksmith Association of North America) to New York or Puilly in Switzerland, his participation is always appreciated by connoisseurs.
In April 1999, Canada Post issued a series of eight stamps honouring the trades and know-how of artisans across Canada. The two-cent stamp represents a hammer held in a grip of steel hitting a piece of red-hot metal on an anvil. The hand on the stamp is that of Guy Bel, master blacksmith, who has been producing unique artwork for more than a quarter of a century in his workshop on Île d'Orléans.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Yann Arthus-Bertrand (1946) is a French photographer, journalist, reporter and environmentalist. He is especially well known for his book Earth from Above (1999) and his film Home (2009).
In 1963 when he was 17, he became an assistant director, then an actor in movies. He played alongside famous actors such as Michèle Morgan in Dis-moi qui tuer (1965) by Etienne Perier and in OSS 117 prend des vacances (1970) by Pierre Kalfon.
He gave up the movie industry in 1967 to run the Château de Saint Augustin wildlife park in Château-sur-Allier (centre of France). He then left the country with his wife Anne when he was 30 (1976) to live in Kenya in the Masai Mara National Reserve. He lived amongst the Maasai tribe for 3 years to study the behaviour of a lions' family and took daily pictures of them during those years. He thus discovered a new passion for photography and the beauty of landscapes when observed from above in hot air balloons and understood how to communicate using these means.
He came back to France in 1981, published a photographs book Lions in 1983, and became an international journalist, reporter and photographer specialised in documentaries on sports, wildlife and aerial photography for French magazines such as Paris Match and GEO. And, more interesting here, made portraits of a gaucho and his horse - with beret.
In 1994 Arthus-Bertrand started a thorough study on the state of the Earth sponsored by UNESCO. As part of the study, he made a picture inventory of the world's most beautiful landscapes, taken from helicopters and hot-air balloons. The book from this project, Earth from Above sold over 3 million copies and was translated into 24 languages.
In 2000, his "Earth from Above" free exhibition was set up on numerous big posters on the gates of the Jardins du Luxembourg in Paris. It then traveled worldwide from Lyon to Montreal, to 110 cities and was visited by 120 million people.