Style Monday

Hello Hat Lovers,

I’m changing my Monday post to “Style Monday” to encompass style in general, runway looks, trends, etc. This change comes after last week’s post when I expressed my dismay at the lack of creativity when it comes to the hats celebrities are wearing out and about. Pharrell Williams is an exception. Although I make hats exclusively for women, I totally appreciate the way a man looks in a hat when it’s the right hat for him.

Pharrell's Hat on Twitter

Pharrell’s Hat on Twitter

The hat Pharrell wore to the Grammys a couple of weeks ago has made such a hit that it has its own Twitter page. It’s definitely a hat that’s worn to get a reaction…and it has. It’s a matter of taste and opinion whether you like it or not.

Adding to the hat hype, Pharrell was just named the Hat Person of the Year for 2014 by the Headwear Assn., a 106-year-old industry trade group for the headwear business. Past honorees include Kate Moss, Kate Middleton, Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt.

I’m attaching a link to Pharrell’s song, HAPPY. It’s so uplifting and fun…and thank you to Pharrell and his guests on the video for wearing a variety of hat styles. I love the energy of the music, the people and the fashion. Enjoy! (If the link doesn’t work, go to and search for “Pharrell  Williams Happy  – (Original Music Video).

What a Great Hat! In Studio Perspectives

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.

Rich's Fedora Before

Rich’s Fedora Before
Rich's Fedora After

Rich’s Fedora After

If you’d like to see couples Balboa dancing, click here: