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Most Lubavitcher chassidim, if not all, who I see wearing fedora-style hats with a down-brim have deep pinches impressed on them (see image in link of rabbi below). What is the reason(s) for these style pinches?

This style seems to have first been worn by the last Lubavitcher Rebbe, since from pictures of other previous Lubavitcher rabbis it appears they did not wear black felt hats at all.


I'm looking only for demonstrably authentic sources from the "innovator" himself, R. Schneerson. Kindly submit all other kinds of answers in the comments section.

  • @ShmuelBrin Thank you! Do you know if he's then the first? I'd like to update the q. – Oliver Jan 21 '18 at 17:33
  • Side note: this hat style is known as the 'teardrop'. – Salmononius2 Jan 21 '18 at 17:49
  • @Salmononius2 I'm aware of that. It was very common throughout the 20th century, but the pinches not as much. Regardless, Lubavitchers make a point (no pun intended) to have it; religiously. – Oliver Jan 21 '18 at 17:54
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    @ezra "Yeshivish style hat" does not have deeply impressed pinches; Lubavitch does. – Oliver Jan 21 '18 at 18:40

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