Sunday, May 27, 2018

2016 Adidas UEFA Euro 2016 Beret

For the Euro 2016 Championship, France being the host country, Adidas came out with an official UEFA 2016 beret.
The beret's sweatband boasts the colours of the French flag and the béret was finished with an embroidered Adidas logo. If you are keen on one, check South Pacific Berets' One-Offs-Page, where some of the last of these berets are offered 

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Stadthaus Hotel Hamburg

In 1987, parents of eight differently-abled classmates decied they wanted to provide their kids with a solid work- and living situation after they had finished school. They decided to start a project to turn this into reality and that project became the Stadthaus Hotel.
Eight years later the hotel was ready to open. It started with seven large rooms with eleven beds in total. They chose a small-scale hotel to avoid possible financial losses. The money for the hotel came from both the parents themselves, donations and subsidies.
The future employees had two years of professional training. Their class was modified for them and ever since, the training school has taught a class with differently abled people!
At first the hotel did really great but unfortunately, they had some problems after a few years. Their fixed costs were too high and expanding proved to be the solution. Six extra rooms were added along with a bar, making the hotel very suitable for larger groups of people. The hotel hasn't just been doing fine ever since, it has been thriving, with an average room occupancy of 80%! Not only is the hotel very popular, it has also become a three-star hotel.
Part of the employees live above the hotel in a commune. This is according to the founding parents' original wish to provide both a solid living- and work situation. And yes, Werner Pietsch of Vorstand JHJ Hamburg, is a boinero too!

Friday, May 25, 2018

New at South Pacific Berets!

Just arrived, the brand new gaucho work-gear by Arandú!
The cotton berets by Arandú are heavy-duty work gear; comfortable, hard wearing berets that are worn by gaucho's all over Argentina, Chile and Brazil. 

Fitted with a solid cotton lining these berets protect from the sun, keeping the head cool in the heat while easily withstanding the occasional shower. 
The standard beret measures approximately 31.5cm in diameter; the beret with the woven diamond pattern is slightly smaller at approximately 30.5cm diameter.

Meet Mr Christopher Flansburg

I don’t usually portray customers of South Pacific Berets, but there are exceptions to any rule. These pictures are of Christopher Flansburg, from Maine.
Christopher got his first beret some 35 years ago, serving as a paratrooper in the US military and added a second one when becoming an MFO in the Sinai Desert in 1985.
Since then, Christopher has been working on boats; mostly on sail training ships and tall ships. 
His free time is divided between his BMW R90/6 with sidecar (1975), the blacksmith forge at his farmhouse in rural Maine and his fly rod.
Great to see a man wearing a beret so naturally, pipe and facial hair included!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Beret Throwing in Berzème

A small village in the French Ardèche organizes the world championship beret throwing.
The sport may have fallen to oblivion a few years ago, it is now experiencing a revival. Berzème, a modest village in the Ardèche (counting less than 200 souls)welcomes large crowds every summer for the world championship of ‘Lancé de béret. An unmissable event that brings together dozens of participants and many more watchers, every summer since 1989.

The world record is held by the Landais Jean Marquet. In 1994, he threw the beret at 35.20 meters. An unmatched performance since, but only approved in 1995. To beat this original record, go to Berzème next summer.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Dances of Universal Peace

From the "Dances of Universal Peace" in Albuquerque:
Amir has a master's degree in Percussion Performance from the University of New Mexico. A freelance artist, he plays drum set, vibes, and hand percussion with several Albuquerque bands. Amir is a certified dance leader and a member of the Mentor Teachers Guild.
The Dances of Universal Peace are a compendium of simple, meditative, joyous circle dances. They use sacred phrases, chants, music and movements from many of the world’s wisdom traditions. The Dances have no performers or audience. No musical or dance experience is necessary, and everyone is welcome to join in. New arrivals and experienced dancers form the circle together. Participants join hands in a circle with the Dance leader and musicians in the center. Throughout their time together, the leader teaches the group the words, melody and movement before each Dance. Themes for the Dances include peace, healing and the celebration of life’s great mystery.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Albany Poets & Beret Toss

Albany Poets is a local organization whose goal is to promote the poets and poetry of Upstate New York.
Albany Poets mission is to give everyone the platform to share their poetry with the world. Whether it is at an open mic, on a website, or in print, Albany Poets strives to integrate poetry and spoken word into the Capital Region.
Albany Poets’ website,, is the most comprehensive resource in the region for news and events listings for poetry and spoken word. 
True to poet identity, their annual event opens with the “beret toss” at the Robert Burns statue in Washington Park.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Jerry LeDuff

Jerry LeDuff was born in Alexandria, Louisiana to Creole parents Mary Elizabeth Esnault and Octave LeDuff and was raised in Pontiac, Michigan.
Blues music was an integral part of Jerry’s childhood experience. Jerry was introduced to jazz in the 1950s by twin jazz aficionados: brothers Obadiah and Rashid McConnell of Pontiac.
In 1961 Jerry joined the Navy “to see the world” and was stationed for three years at the Great Lakes Naval Station outside Chicago, Illinois. For a travel-hungry recruit this station was a disappointment, but for a jazz musician, not a bad concession. Jerry had the home advantage of proximity to Chicago and Detroit bars and jazz scenes.
After leaving the Navy in 1964, he purchased his first conga drum. At this time Americans had little access to authentic African music. Over a few years, visiting African drummers provided the needed instruction and guidance to develop the fundamentals of African drumming.
Having lived with the blues and studied and performed African and jazz music, Jerry LeDuff naturally extended his interests into World Music. Jerry’s music career has afforded him the opportunity to play and record with many great jazz musicians.
Jerry LeDuff was honored as guest artist at Oakland University, teaching students Brazilian rhythms and music, culminating in a performance with Akwaaba and Pan Jumbies.
Jerry plays congas, cuica, berimbau, tabla, suordo, ethnic flutes, ocarinas and many other percussion instruments. Jerry uses his large collection of ethnic and contemporary percussion instruments in performance, recording and lecture presentations. Jerry plays Latin Jazz and World Music. He composes, arranges and performs music for television, film and dance.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

La manufacture de Bérets Beighau

It is not that long ago that the South of France (and more specifically the area around Oloron Sainte Marie) counted many small beret manufacturers. These days, there is only Laulhère left of the historic manufacturers.
Until 1996 there was also Beighau.
110 years before, Zechariah Beighau set up business as a wine merchant in Oloron St Marie, and in 1928 his son Xavier started the manufacturing of berets under the family name Beighau. The business expanded rapidly.
In 1945, son Maurice joined his father in the company (he took over the business in 1980). This is still the time that many Frenchmen (and many others) saw the beret as a standard part of their clothing and berets were manufactured in great numbers. Only in 1977 Beighau produced 450.000 berets (65% export!) and employed 40 people.
The general decline in wearing hats and strong competition from Asian countries made Maurice, and his son Pierre decide to end the business in 1996. Most machinery went to Laulhere (including the ownership of the labels).
The factory building still stands in the centre of Oloron Sainte Marie, some machinery and equipment still present, but used principally as an exhibition space. 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Martin Fourcade

Martin Fourcade (1988) is a French biathlete and Sous-lieutenant in the Chasseurs Alpin.
He is a five-time Olympic champion, an eleven-time World Champion and a six-time winner of the Overall World Cup. Fourcade and Ole Einar Bjørndalen of Norway are the only male biathletes to have won the overall World Cup six times, with Fourcade the only one to do so six times in a row. 
As of February 2018, he is the most successful French Olympian of all-time. 

Friday, May 18, 2018

Suzanne Vega

Suzanne Nadine Vega (1959) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and record producer, best known for her eclectic folk-inspired music.
Vega has released nine studio albums to date, the latest of which is Lover, Beloved: Songs from an Evening with Carson McCullers, released in 2016.
Vega practices Nichiren Buddhism and is a member of the US branch of the worldwide Buddhist association Soka Gakkai International.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Bruce Cockburn

Bruce Douglas Cockburn OC (1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist. His song styles range from folk to jazz-influenced rock and his lyrics cover a broad range of topics that reveal a passion for human rights, environmental issues, politics, and spirituality.
Cockburn has written more than 300 songs on thirty albums over a career spanning 40 years. Twenty Cockburn records have received a Canadian gold or platinum certification as of 2013, and he has sold nearly one million albums in Canada alone.
In 2014, Cockburn released his memoirs, Rumours of Glory: A Memoir. No book-length biography of Cockburn has been written, but numerous critics have offered interpretations of Cockburn's songwriting phases, political views, and relationship with Christianity.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Achille Laugé

Achille Laugé was born in Arzens in the Aude region of France, and became a follower of Neo-Impressionism. 
The son of well-to-do farmers who moved to Cailhau near Carcassonne, where he spent most of his life, Laugé began studies in Toulouse in 1878 and went to Paris in 1881. At the Ecole des Beaux-Arts he studied with Alexandre Cabanel and Jean-Paul Laurens. While at the École, Antoine Bourdelle, whom Laugé had known in Toulouse, introduced him to Aristide Maillol and the three maintained a long and fruitful friendship. In 1888, after seven years in Paris (including a term of military service), Laugé returned to the south and established himself at Carcassonne. Finally, in 1895, he returned to Cailhau where he spent the rest of his life.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

DJ Eve Dahan

DJ, producer, performer, Eve Dahan is an artist in her own right.
She takes pleasure in appropriating, assembling, mixing, triturating and digesting sounds to extract the juice and take people to a new territory of varied atmospheres. Her mix of electro is always cleverly dosed with rock and Brazilian influences; Hispanic, Indian and French repertoire leads to the creation of a cosmopolitan multifaceted universe coherent, voluntary and powerful.
Modern pinup? Certainly. Ultra-feminine? Yes. Fitted dresses, berets and high heels ... A look, an attitude, a class!  

Monday, May 14, 2018

Boinas Tolosa Tupida on SPECIAL!

On SPECIAL this week, the berets that stood at the very beginning of South Pacific Berets: the boinas Tolosa Tupida!
The boinas Tolosa Tupida are made of 100% Argentinian grown merino wool; soft to the touch, durable, light and extremely comfortable. What better recommendation than that the gauchos of the Argentinian pampas principally wear these berets?
For one week only, a selection of boinas TT in the standard diameter of 30cm and the generous Plato Grande in 32cm at a discount of 20% (as long as stock lasts)!

Elton John

Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; 25 March 1947), is an English singer, pianist, and composer.
He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriting partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date. In his five-decade career Elton John has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world.
In 2010, John was criticised by some Christian groups in the US after describing Jesus as a "compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems". William Anthony Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights and opponent of gay marriage, responded: "To call Jesus a homosexual is to label him a sexual deviant. But what else would we expect from a man who previously said, 'From my point of view, I would ban religion completely.'"
Elton John was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II on 24 February 1998.