Vintage Hat Friday

Happy Friday! Here’s another vintage cocktail hat for your Friday viewing. It’s a pretty little black velvet hat with hand beading and rhinestone accents. A dramatic face veil adds drama and sophistication.

Vintage 1950s cocktail hat

No designer label but it has the “O’Neils Akron” label from one of our historic downtown department stores. The other store across the street from O’Neils was called Polsky’s. I wonder why…I see very few hats with the Polsky’s label but many from O’Neils. Hmm…

Cocktail hat back view
Side view

Stay safe, everyone and hope to see you here again next Friday.

Vintage Hat Friday

Today’s vintage hat is an elegant little cocktail hat in black velvet with pearls, rhinestones and small metal studs. It has a stiff velvet bow and the front and netting for extra glamour.

It does not have a designer label but it’s definitely a well made piece. It also has two side loops to help keep it in place. a fun little piece for dress-up.

Happy Easter, friends! Although we’re still isolating, I hope you celebrate in a way that is meaningful to you. See you next Friday!

Vintage Hat Friday

Some of the hats of the 1960s just make me smile and this is one of them. What a celebration of color and style. Maybe it’s because spring is just starting to unfold but this hat reminds me of daffodils and soft green willow branches.

Hat by Mr. John Jr.

This hat was designed my Mr. John, a designer that is much loved by many of my vintage hat sisters. Mr. John came to the US from Germany in 1919 and eventually formed a partnership with Frederick Hirst in 1929 under the brand John-Frederics. He started his own millinery company, Mr. John, Inc., in New York in 1948.

I can’t speak for you, but I find myself wanting to channel my inner Pharrell Williams…the crown on this linen sun hat is so tall! I especially love the double grosgrain ribbon bows in front. As you can see, the hat sits high on the forehead. I guess this was just the style but the modern milliner in me want to pull it down farther on the forehead.

Mr. John created the iconic hats for Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind. He died in 1993 at the age of 91. He was a prolific milliner and his hats are beloved by many. Maybe you have some of his hats in your collection. Until next week, have a lovely weekend!

Hat by Mr. John Jr.
Hat by Mr. John Jr.