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The magic touch of Borsalino's hats

Alain Delon and Jean-Paul Belmondo among the Italian brand's fans

The magic touch of Borsalino's hats

Claudia Astarita

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Giuseppe Borsalino was an Italian artisan, who was born on 1835 and, at the tender age of 15 years, moved to France to study his trade and became a master craftsman and qualified hatter.

In 1857, he returned to Italy, where he started a small hat shop that rapidly grew to became an industrial producer. In the 1920s, Borsalino sold 2,000,000 hats on the local and international markets, as its brand was already a popular one on the world stage.

Borsalino fedoras have been featured in many movies, and famous stars such as French actors Alain Delon and Jean-Paul Belmondo wore them on stage. Today, Borsalino has yearly revenues of about ?15 million.

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