Sunday, March 25, 2018

SpyTime #2

Part II from the massive collection of Spy Files by my friend Boris, all taken at the MORE Art Museum in the Netherlands:

Saturday, March 24, 2018

SpyTime #1

Faithful followers of this blog know all too well about the Spy Files; the sneakily shot photographs by my brother Emile (The Beret Spy). 
Alas, The Beret Spy has found some competition in my friend Boris. Working at the MORE Art Museum, Boris is in a rather unique position to meet many fellow boineros/as. 
Today, a small selection of the huge collection he sent me. To be continued over the following days. 
Thanks Boris! 

Friday, March 23, 2018

The Names Behind Your Boinas Elósegui Berets

Some great pictures from inside the Boinas Elósegui factory, putting some names behind the berets (boinas):
Ander Astigarraga, commercial director of the company
 Nekane, at the old weaving machines
The operators Maria Pilar Larrauri and Ana Maria Cuadrado at the machines for overlapping
José Prado Kotte, in charge of the fulling and dyeing of the berets
Agustin Perez, in the process of shaping the berets
Ana Pradin, in charge of sizing and revision
Ana Pradini, in charge of review and quality control of all models

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Lady, Be Good!

Lady, Be Good! is a musical written by Guy Bolton and Fred Thompson with music by George and lyrics by Ira Gershwin. 
It was first presented on Broadway in 1924; the West End production followed in 1926. The story of the musical is about a brother and sister who are out of money; both are eager to sacrifice themselves to help the other. This was the first Broadway collaboration of the Gershwin brothers, and the Astaire siblings play a brother-sister dance team.
It starred brother and sister performers Fred and Adele Astaire.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Yep, while many followers of this blog are happily stepping into spring today, for us here in the southern hemisphere we're anticipating the dark, short, wet days of fall again.
Changing cotton berets for merino wool, and vice versa. 
Enjoy the weather, whatever it may be, from under your beret!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Alan Silva

Alan Silva (born Alan Lee da Silva, Bermuda, January 22, 1939) is an American free jazz double bassist and keyboard player.
Silva was born a British subject to an Azorean/Portuguese mother, Irene da Silva, and a black Bermudian father known only as "Ruby". He emigrated to the United States at the age of five with his mother, eventually acquiring U.S. citizenship by the age of 18 or 19. He adopted the stage name of Alan Silva in his twenties.
Silva was quoted in a Bermudan newspaper in 1988 as saying that although he left the island at a young age, he always considered himself Bermudian. He was raised in Harlem, New York City, where he first began studying the trumpet, and moved on to study the upright bass.
Silva is known as one of the most inventive bass players in jazz and has performed with many in the world of avant-garde jazz, including Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra, Albert Ayler, Sunny Murray, and Archie Shepp.
In the 1980s Silva opened a music school in Central Paris, introducing the concept of a Jazz Conservatory patterned after France's traditional conservatories devoted to European classical music epochs.
Since around 2000 he has performed more frequently as a bassist and bandleader, notably at New York City's annual Vision Festivals.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Heads Up on the Genuine Chasseurs Alpins!

Happy to inform you that South Pacific Berets now stocks the genuine "tartes" of the Chasseurs Alpins. 
Heavy duty 200+ grams black berets made of 100% Australian merino wool, sized without headband, cotton lined and fitted with the traditional Cambo label.
Available in sizes 56-62, exclusively at South Pacific Berets and to be found on the new dedicated Chasseurs Alpins page.

Manufacture de Bérets - C. Georget

In my continuing search for vanished beret manufacturers, I came across the business card of a Parisian beret factory.
Manufacture de Bérets - C. Georget was located at Nr. 3  Rue des Arquebusiers in the Marais neighborhood (3rd arrondissement). 
Further searches on the web and Google Maps didn't amount to any more information; all what remains is (what looks like) a boarded up house covered in graffiti... 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Chasseurs Alpins - Magazine Covers

Different times, where everyone was familiar with the Chasseurs Alpins and their pictures were commonly found on the covers of magazines (berets included...).

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Chasseurs Alpins go Green

The battalion of the 13th Alpine Chasseurs in Savoy reduced its energy consumption by 50%. 
"What is done here obviously serves as a laboratory", says Colonel Jacques Massot, chief of the defense infrastructure service of Lyon. The Roc-Noir-de-Barby (Savoie) district, home to some 1,100 alpine hunters at the foot of the Bauges massif, has undergone a profound but almost invisible change in the past two years. The two-story buildings of the 1970s have kept their facade greyish and unattractive, but "solar carpets" installed on the roofs now make it possible to produce hot water. Insulation has been thoroughly overhauled, and electric heaters, installed in the golden age of nuclear energy, have been replaced by a wood-fired boiler plant, fueled by the region's forests.
In total, 30 buildings (for a heated area of ​​more than 41,500 m²) have been renovated. 

Friday, March 16, 2018

Glenn Gould's Goldberg Variations

Few musical pieces as beautiful as Glenn Gould’s interpretation of Bach’s Golberg variations.
“Columbia Masterworks’ recording director and his engineering colleagues are sympathetic veterans who accept as perfectly natural all artists’ studio rituals, foibles, or fancies. But even these hardy souls were surprised by the arrival of young Canadian pianist Glenn Gould and his ‘recording equipment’ for his first Columbia sessions. … It was a balmy June day, but Gould arrived in a coat, beret, muffler and gloves.”
The rest of the bulletin detailed the other peculiarities that Gould had brought along with him when recording J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations for the label.
These were many. Instead of nobly holding his head high with a proper recitalist’s posture, Gould’s modified piano bench allowed him to get his face right near the keys, where he would proceed to hum audibly while playing. He soaked his arms in hot water for up to 20 minutes before takes and brought a wide variety of pills. He also brought his own bottles of water, which, for 1955, was still something that seemed like only Howard Hughes would do. It was these initial, broadly trumpeted peculiarities that helped shape the Gould myth throughout his too-short life, the audacious genius who slightly unsettled everyone around him. 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Bill Deraime

Bill Deraime, (1947, real name Alain Deraime) is a French blues singer and musician from Senlis (Oise).
Deraime started his carreer in the mid -1970s and has since continued to sing and advocate for various causes.
Deraime produced 18 studio albums and 3 live recordings between 1979 and 2018, his latest last February: Nouvel Horizon.
Bill Deraime has continued tirelessly to find his path, in the margins of the commercial system, focusing on meeting fellow humans, openness and the human adventure.