Sunday, October 28, 2012
The Winter Tarte!
I have praised a variety of berets on this blog, from the little Radiovka, via the Basco Roma to the German Baskenmuetze and the supreme Elósegui 150 Años Edición Limitada.
And all are highly recommended berets, all in their own way. But, where the Edición Limitada may objectively be the best beret in the world (yes, I honestly believe this!), I find the winter version of the Tarte by far the best beret for myself to wear. To be honest, I wear nothing else (apart from my Basco Roma, inside the house at night...).
Not available to the general public, I struggle to get any for South Pacific Berets, but have just managed to secure a few more (and hopefully, get more in over the next few months).
These berets are 320mm in diameter and weigh almost 200 grams (!) and come in a dark navy-blue. Made by Beatex-Laulhère in Oloron-Sainte-Marie (Departement Pyrénées-Atlantiques). Due to French Government regulations, these berets have to be re-fitted with a plain lining and with the military label removed before they can be exported and sold to customers outside the French military. Therefore, these berets have a plain black cotton lining and carry theSouth Pacific Berets label.
These Tartes in 320mm diameter are not fitted with a headband, but the thick wool rim is sized. Presently available in size L (59-61).