Vintage Hat Friday

Good morning vintage hat devotees!
I don’t know about you, but every so often I look through unread email with no other thought but to repeatedly press the delete button as I scroll down the list. This week was a little different because of a special find that I want to share with you. I received an email from Hat Life, an e-newsletter that reported on the passing of Frederick Fox, the milliner who made hats for the royal family, mainly Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth II. What caught my eye was that Fox worked for Otto Lucas early in his career. I own a hat with an Otto Lucas label so I’m glad to learn more history about the maker.
Otto Lucas (1903 – 1971) opened his first salon in London in 1932 and some of his famous clients included Greta Garbo and the Duchess of Windsor. Lucas was known as London’s most stylish hat maker during the 1950s. His primary talent was the ability to skillfully use many different fabrics and craft a large number of styles. In his final year he created 55,000 hats in the day when hand finishing was still the norm. Very impressive!
By the way, if you don’t subscribe to Hat Life, it’s a free publication that’s all about milliners and millinery. The website is www.hatlife.com

Otto Lucas Hat Side

Otto Lucas Hat Side

Otto Lucas Front

Otto Lucas Front

Otto Lucas Back

Otto Lucas Back

Otto Lucas Label

Otto Lucas Label

Advertisements

One thought on “Vintage Hat Friday

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s