This is the 9.5 inch, or 24.14cm, “Super Lujo”, or Super Luxury Basque Beret. 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 6.25″ headband diameter and most wearers will need 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 smallest beret I carry. If you watch the video on stretching the headband you will see me stretching a 10.5″, which was difficult to do for my ‘normal’ 7 3/4 sized head. I do not recommend the sizes below 11 inch for people with heads 7 1/2 and above. The 9.5 is really small and should only be order by people with smaller heads. That’s my son at age 3 wearing a 9.5 incher.
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 $65 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!
December 2014, sadly I been told that the factory is dropping this size from their standard inventory. In the future the only way to order this size is with a large order and being that this is a low seller for me I don’t think I will be able to reorder this size in the near future.
March 2015: sold my last 9.5 incher this morning to a customer in England. The only way I can get more is to order 6 plus dozen at once; not an easy option for a little guy like me. If several people contact me about wanting this size I will consider reordering it.
January 2016: So good news, I finally placed a special order and now have the 9.5 inch back in stock!