Now that the Derby is almost buttoned up, I’m focused on making some more casual soft hats for spring and summer. I just secured some fabulous vintage fabric yardage and am inspired! Here’s a sneak peek at some “new” vintage fabrics that will soon be made into fun and unique hats. Stay tuned…
Well, we’re in the home stretch. The Kentucky Derby is this Saturday, May 3 and the hats, dresses and heels are in the starting gate and ready to run for the roses.
You know that the cloche is my favorite hat. This pretty Derby-goer knows how to pair it with a pretty floral dress, proving that a small hat can create a special look in a different way than its larger-brimmed sister. Fresh and pretty!
As a one-person business, making hats is only part of how I spend my days. I wish I had limitless time to create, but I also must wear my marketing hat, sales hat, accounting hat….not that I’m complaining. The most enjoyable part of my business is “taking my hats to market,” and meeting new customers at shows, boutiques or in my studio.
This past weekend, I went to Louisville for a hat trunk show at Clay & Cotton, a colorful and eclectic boutique that sells clothing, accessories for the home, and more. Louisville is a lovely town with friendly people and a rich history. I had a great time, saw some old friends and met some terrific new people. And even more of my hats will be at the Kentucky Derby this year, which is great. If you visit Louisville, I encourage you to stop by Clay & Cotton. My hats will be for sale there through this year’s Kentucky Derby.
Until next time, Louisville!!
With Kentucky Derby right around the corner, I want to share an image of a couple that captures the spirit of the Derby so well. LOVE the women’s simple dress so the hat takes center stage (as it should). And the gentleman looks equally as handsome in his smart Fedora and suit. Now if we could only get rid of the accessory that doesn’t compliment either outfit…the cellphone.
Hello Hat Lovers,
Today’s hat is another great spring look from the past. It’s shaped like a flat beret and is completely covered in tiny daffodils. I challenge you not to think spring and Easter when you see this cutie.
The designer is Vincent Harmik, who created hats for Bonwit Teller in the 1960s. Since this hat also has The Halle Bros. Co. label, he also made hats for this department store.
When WVIZ/PBS approached me about donating to its on-air auction, I knew I had to make a Downton Abbey-inspired hat for the membership drive. Here’s the result…a hat that has roots in the past but is still very “today.” I hope it finds its way to the head of a generous donor!
Our lovely Duchess of Cambridge looks as pretty as ever in her red pillbox hat by Gina Foster and coat by Catherine Walker. Kate is wearing her pillbox in the traditional manner, on the crown of her head. As you know, she generally favors fascinators, worn at an asymmetrical angle on the side of the head. She’s gorgeous, as always.
Inspiration comes from seeing things and remembering them…not necessarily a precise memory of exacting details, but retaining the idea or spirit of a thing. Filing it away and rolling it around in your head until something emerges that captures the flavor without duplicating it. Here is a fascinator I recently made. I wanted to incorporate a stash of sheer vintage petals in an unusual way, so I swirled them like a child’s windmill. When it came time to add the feathers, they naturally fell into the spaces made by the swirls. My vintage hat blog on March 21 featured a hat with swirled feathers. And I recently saw some pieces by Christopher Kane, a designer who uses layers of sheer fabric to create a look that almost appears like pages in a book. Both things inspired me to create this piece.
Image from Google Search: Christopher Kane