Here is a guy I met the other day in Nolita. A very friendly chap who couldn't help but enthuse over his suede hat that he purchased on ebay. It turned out to be from Mexico and we surmised that it was a rancheros hat. It was made from a very tough hide, probably cow and shiny in places from wear. We were also impressed by the wire inserted into the rim which helped maintain the shape. His enthusiasm for his find left me thinking that I should explore ebay more for obscurities that I could fuse into my wardrobe.