Vintage Hat Friday

I have recently had the good fortune to acquire some wonderful vintage hats. I will be posting one each Friday for the next few months. When necessary (due to the hat being soiled or damaged) I restore them with new, clean ribbons or mega steaming and re-blocking to bring them back up to snuff. I can’t tell you how much fun it is as a milliner to discover how my predecessors have assembled these little gems and added their personal creative touches.

Black Turban, “Hats by Gertrude”

Since I seem to be on a turban kick, here’s an elegant little number with a label, “Hats by Gertrude.” I can’t seem to find anything online about this designer so I’m curious if she was a local to my Northeast Ohio neighborhood or not. If you know anything about this designer, please share! Not only do I love the way this demi-turban is draped, but the large pearl pin is shaped like a horseshoe with pearls at each end. Such a timeless piece, I would definitely wear this one any day!

Hats by Gertrude Turban – Back view

Hat of the Week

Hello hat lovers!

I just finished this dramatic hat for a fashion show in Alliance this coming Sunday. The free-form brim makes a unique style statement. Coupled with the fabulous feathers and handmade silk flower, it’s a real show-stopper. Is this your next Kentucky Derby hat?

Left side

Left side

Front

Front

Left front

Left front

Vintage Hat Friday

I love this hat! The base is cape net so it’s light and airy. It’s covered with fine maline and the maline is also ruffled over the small brim. Black silk flowers surround the crown. So simple but super cute. The maker is Cathay of California, probably 1950s.

Cathay of California

Cathay of California

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Cathay label

 

Vintage Hat Friday

Good morning hat enthusiasts!  I hope that your week went well and that you continue to find new ways to express your style.  This week’s post may give you the courage to wear feathers anywhere…even the local grocery store. Exaggerated feathers seem to be inspiring me lately…I guess I have Kentucky Derby on the brain and feathers are such a fun and whimsical addition to any hat. 

Today’s beautiful piece, known back in the day as a cocktail hat, is styled to look almost like a wig.  Interesting to think that people actually wore this type of hat when going out for drinks and dinner.

Although this hat is absent of a label, it doesn’t lack flair or charm.  It’s embellished with a pearl brooch that adds a touch of glitz to this already lovely piece.  This hat is the second hat featured in my collection that has the small piece of circular netting at the back that helps secure it to the head.  This hat makes me want to put on a little black dress and drink a martini – shaken, not stirred, of course!

Feather Hat Front

Feather Hat Front

Feather Hat side

Feather Hat side

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