This is a funky 1940s hat from my collection. No designer label, but definitely a different shape. It was purchased at Engel-Fetzer, a Cleveland department store of yesteryear. Check out the close-up photo of the embellishment…some sort of unusual comb? Not sure if it’s just decorative or if it has a function. It never ceases to amaze me what women will perch on their heads in the name of fashion!
Good morning hat enthusiasts! Thank you for taking the time to look at my collection…my vintage hat posts have been such a great way for me to learn more about it. I have found treasures that I didn’t know I had and I am so pleased to share them with you each Friday.
Today I share a unique design by Legroux Soeurs from Paris, which dates from the early 1940s. A label by G. Howard Hodge label also accompanies this piece. As I understand it, some famous makers received permission to “copy” certain French designs.
This vivid navy wool hat is adorned with two heavy veils that can be styled in so many unique ways. It also features a strap in the back to help anchor and secure the hat to the head. I could see Rhianna bringing this vintage piece back to life. What do you think?
Yesterday afternoon I finally got around to working on a new hat that is inspired by a wonderful old 1940s hat I bought last fall. Style-wise, it’s a beret/newsboy/tilt hat hybrid. The round (actually oval) top is classic beret. But the back sweeps straight up like a newsboy or driver, depending on where you’re from. It’s a mix of masculine and feminine…with the feminine taking the lead. I trimmed it with a flurry of vintage feathers and a carved vintage button that mimics the pattern of the fabric. It sits at an angle, so I added a narrow elastic band to keep it in place. A cool new look for the fall collection!
1940s-inspired Tilt Hat
View from the Back