This is the 10.5 inch, or 27.6 cm, “Super Lujo”, or Super Luxury Basque Beret, RED. Made in Tolosa, Spain by Elosegui. This is the top model by Elosegui, using only the best wool, woven and felted in house, with a dark red satin lining and nice label. This is the only brand of beret I sell. I know there are several brands out there and I’ve tried many of them but I always come back to my first love, the Super Luxury by Elosegui. I’m not sure what it is but one summer I took a famous French brand on my summer trip to Europe and by the end of the trip I was longing for my Elosegui beret; there’s just something about the quality of the wool and their process. The berets just feel ‘right’.
This beret comes with a 6.5″ headband area and wearer needs to stretch the headband area to fit their head. I include simple instructions and also have a YouTube video on how to stretch the headband.
So, this is one of the smaller berets I carry. If you look at my stretching video you will see me stretching a 10.5″ to fit my ‘normal’ sized 7 3/4+ head. It was possible, and it may be a ‘look’ you want, great, but I don’t recommend this size, and smaller, to people with heads 7 1/2 and above.
Difficult to find even in Spain, you have found what I, in my humble opinion, consider to be THE greatest boina, or beret made. This Basque Beret is from the Spanish Basque region, made by Boinas Elósegui, a small family company; one of the last beret makers outside of China. These high quality beret are made of a substantial, superior quality black 100% wool that is woven and felted by the company. I have seen and owned a lot of berets over the years and have never found one I would consider equal in quality.A bold statement I know but I have been selling these on ebay for over a decade now and have had nothing but praise; and many reorders.
The berets I sell do not have a leather headbands, they use the beret material as the headband. Why do I like this better than a beret with a leather headband? In a word; comfort. This is a personal preference but I feel these berets fit one’s head shape better. Once Stretched to fit your head, the headband doesn’t change size (neither stretch nor shrink) or get dry and stiff like a leather band can. They can be stretched to fit even the biggest head size & shape (I recommend the 11″ and larger if you have a large head like me), and fits all but the smallest heads (the headband comes about 6.5 inches in diameter from the factory) making it a great present as there’s no guessing on size. It also rolls, or folds, up easy for putting in your pocket or packing. This is one of the few hats I can wear all day, even forgetting it’s on my head. I wear my beret year round. It’s great in the rain, shades my head in the summer (how they are used in the Basque country). I use to wear it as my bike hat; until the city mandated helmets. Darn! Should you really want a beret with a headband, most any shoe repair shop could add a strip of leather to any of these berets, and the quality of the leather will no doubt be much nicer than what a hat company would offer.
A great value made by a small 150+ year old family company in the Basque region of Spain. You can compare my berets to others costing $55 and more; it’s that nice and it’s that great a value (and my profit margin is that low). You, or your loved one, will love it, I’m sure!
Note: photos are of a 12 inch beret