A lovely customer went to the Belmont Stakes this past weekend to cheer on California Chrome. Although he didn’t win the race, she looks great and had a wonderful time. She’s wearing Chrome’s colors – purple and green – and the look came together beautifully. I had a ball making this hat and so many other wonderful Kentucky Derby hats this year.
This week’s hat is by designer, Jan Leslie. It’s an interesting piece with an entwined band of roses and leaves on a straw base. Looks very 1950s to me…I can see it perched on the head of a woman wearing a tailored white dress and gloves!
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.
After last Friday’s pretty vintage hat photo, I decided to make a modern version of the hat that was pictured. This one is a similar shape, but it’s blocked from a single piece of straw so the crown is smooth rather than sectioned. And as much as I love vintage lace, it must be used wisely so that it doesn’t create a look that’s dated. Instead of covering the brim with lace, I opted to use a bit of dotted net to add whimsy and texture. The bow and band are made from a vintage tone-on-tone damask fabric and I couldn’t help adding a few fun feathers. Retro with a modern twist! This hat is available in my Etsy shop.
Good morning style followers! I have enjoyed watching the awards shows over the past few weeks and hope that you have taken note of all the beauty and style. Who was wearing your favorite look? The Oscars always provide much to talk about and I will definitely post pictures showing the best fashions of the night.
I know that the Grammy Awards were a few weeks ago, but I liked Taylor Swift’s elegance and grace that evening. She stood tall wearing this gold and metallic gown like a true fashion icon. Does her look compare to any at the Oscars last night?
Good morning hat enthusiasts! Today and every Wednesday, I will blog about what I am working on in the studio. Each week brings new challenges and unique creative opportunities. I am thankful for the encounters I have with each of you.
This past week I had the privilege of meeting with Rich, who phoned me for an appointment. Most of you know that I don’t “do” mens hats, but his story intrigued me. Rich is a Balboa dancer and wanted to accessorize his hat to match his tuxedo and cummerbund. “Women have so many ways to express their style,” says Rich. “Men don’t. I want my hat to stand out on the dance floor in a special way.”
Posted below are the before and after pictures of the black fedora, along with the fabric that matches his tux. Rich will now make a serious fashion statement on the dance floor!
If you’d like to see a video of couples Balboa dancing, please scroll to the bottom of this post and click on the link.
I had always admired hats on others but didn’t give much thought to wearing them myself until I purchased my first handmade hat at the 2004 Ann Arbor Art Fair. Wearing it that day convinced me that I’d stumbled upon something special when at least 30 complete strangers said they loved the hat. How can you possibly have a bad day with that many compliments?
Six years and numerous millinery courses later, I’m loving every minute of producing mostly one-of-a-kind hats out of straw, sinamay, wool felt, handmade felt, fabric and all sorts of fun vintage and handmade trimmings.
Most of my hats are designed to be worn any time – a special occasion is not the only time to wear them. A great hat elevates a dress, outfit or coat from something perfectly nice to something really sensational.