This one of our two conformateurs dated
1821 was acquired from M. F. Vega, Moreno of
Argentina, South America where Vaquero hats
were popular. Conformateur is used to
measure one's head shape and form prior to
This vintage conformateur are placed on
customers head for precise measurement.
Our other conformateur came from a vinitage
hatter company in Italy. Each conformateurs
came with their companion "sister" tool known
as Formillion as seen below.
A piece of paper is placed inside the frame
prior to taking measurement of one's head
shape and form.
The conformateur is then placed upon one's
head and worn the way they would wear a
hat whether it's tilted left, right, forward, back
or straight. The lid with a piece of paper inside
the frame is then closed for pinning.
The lid of the Conformateur is then lifted with
the circled pin markings on the paper, which is
an exact reflection of shape and form of one's
measured head. The Conformateur is removed
from the head and the piece of paper is
removed from the conformateur. A scissor is
used to clip around the pin markings as we
preserve the inner circle and discard the
rest of the paper.
The inner piece of paper known as the
measured piece is then placed on the inside
center of a Formillion. Each piece wooden
pegs of the formillion are pushed inward, one
piece at a time until each one of them meet
the edge of the measured piece. After we've
made the complete circle with each pegs on
the very edge of the paper, we then begin to
lock the shape with built in vise. Once it is
locked the outside shape will match the shape
of one's head in a very precise manner. It will
match the exact shape of the measured head.
The Formillion is then flipped onto the other
side and fitted into a custom hat. We shape
and form the hat to make sure that the hat
and the shape of the Formillion are exactly the
same. When the hat is worn it will fit your
head in a very precise way, the perfect snug
Beside these marvelous Conformateurs and
Formillions that we use we also use 100 years
old or older hatter tools for really unique and
customized quality hats. We crease your hat
into vintage 100 years old wooden hat blocks
and shape them according to your choice of
style and taste. What you see here may not
be done elswehere we are not into mass-
production of western hats. We build one hat
at a time and complete them in order to earn
your 100% satisfaction, which is guaranteed.