Vintage Hat Friday

Do you love vintage hats as much as I do? This one was purchased at the A. Polsky Co., Akron, Ohio, which was one of two large department stores in Akron that were directly across the street from one another. The maker is G. Howard Hodge – Fifth Avenue, New York. It’s a cream fur felt beret hybrid with a little brim that was blocked into the design. In true couture millinery fashion, the beaded applique and coordinating pearls and sequins are all sewn on by hand.

G. Howard Hodge Design

Hodge was a well known American milliner who worked in the millinery trade in San Francisco before establishing the G. Howard Hodge brand in New York in 1928. He worked in the trade his entire life and catered to wealthy clients.

I am not a vintage hat expert but would guess this hat to be from the 1950s. If you know more about it please feel free to comment!

Vintage Hat Friday

I recently found some wonderful vintage hats that I’d like to share with you. I always marvel at the construction of vintage pieces; the silhouettes and stitching are so creative.

This little hat does not have a designer label, but I love the detail and you may see me wearing this one around town! I love the pagoda-like pleating and small scale of the piece. The feather is a wonderful accent, topped with the sweetest little felt flowers with rhinestone centers. Just a charming little piece that will definitely turn heads!

Vintage Hat Friday