The Homburg is made from stiff felt and has a grosgrain hatband and brim trim. Although the Homburg is a formal hat, it is not an alternative to the top hat. The original Homburg was of slightly more generous proportions than the modern version.
It was popularized by Edward VII after he visited Bad Homburg in Hesse, Germany, and brought back a hat of this style. King Edward VII was a clotheshorse, exacting and expert in all sartorial matters. He was therefore flattered when his hat style was copied; at times he insisted on being copied.
Like other formal Western male headgear, the Homburg is not as common as it once was. Al Pacino gained some renewed fame for the Homburg by wearing one in the film The Godfather. This resulted in the hat being dubbed "The Godfather".
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