Today’s hat is a sweet little toque that reminds me of a layer cake. Or a fancy energy dome if you’re a Devo fan :o)
It’s completely hand sewn with layers of vintage straw and netting. There are some holes in the netting but they don’t distract from the hat at all. An interesting pyramid-shaped Aurora Borealis rhinestone embellishment sits at the front. The maker is Helen Brounet, California. I’m guessing early 1960s. It’s for sale in my Etsy shop.
Have a wonderful weekend and stay cool under a wide-brimmed hat!
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.
This funky little hat is by Sally Victor. I’m not sure how much fun it was to wear; the feathers draping around the face could get to be a bit annoying, I would think. Anyway, here’s a little cocktail hat for your enjoyment this Friday.
This week’s hat is so elegant! I’s a nice quality navy straw cartwheel hat with a cutaway back. It is covered with tiny velvet and silk calla lilies. So pretty and feminine. The designer is Henry Margu, who designed hats from the 1940s to the 1960s. This one looks very 1950s to me. It’s available for sale in my Etsy store.
Today’s hat is another great spring look from the past. It’s shaped like a flat beret and is completely covered in tiny daffodils. I challenge you not to think spring and Easter when you see this cutie.
The designer is Vincent Harmik, who created hats for Bonwit Teller in the 1960s. Since this hat also has The Halle Bros. Co. label, he also made hats for this department store.
Today’s hat is all about spring! It’s an amazing hat by designer Laddie Northridge, a well-known milliner who created his masterpieces at a shop in New York City in the 1950s. This pretty hat begins with six concentric circles of wire that are held together with wire “spokes.” Every bit of the wire is then wound with one-inch wide strips of tulle. (This step alone takes hours to complete – trust me I have done it!) The tulle serves two purposes: one is to cover the wire, especially the places where the wire is joined, and the second is to provide a texture/surface to which things may be sewn, such as flowers or fabric.
Next, each wire – both on the top of the hat and the bottom – is covered with tiny sprigs of lily-of-the-valley. In the photo below, you can see that each sprig is sewn on by hand.
Laddie Northridge Label
A simple green velvet ribbon and bow adorn the hat. Seriously, this hat must have taken weeks of work to construct. I am in awe of the workmanship in this fine piece. As a special bonus, look closely at the photo below and notice the two tiny hat pins in the center back – they are covered with the same green tulle used in the hat and are designed to look like tassels. So cute!
Laddie Northridge Hat Back
Here’s a photo of the vintage lace wire foundation hat that I made; it’s a much simpler design but it took hours and hours of work:
Good morning hat collectors! Today I bring you a sweet, romantic piece for Valentine’s Day. Sometimes when I look at my collection I wonder what the previous owner envisioned when she purchased each hat. This rings true for today’s feature: a tri-corne brown wool hat with fabulous black ostrich feathers. Every detail brings to life the culture of French and Spanish history. I feel like this piece is all romance and elegance, especially with a sweeping veil across the front. And the feathers…all I can say is wow. Whoever burned and shaped them was quite skilled.
This hat was designed by Lydia. I couldn’t find much about her other than she designed in the 1950s, although today’s hat style originated with the Spanish military in the 18th century and was originally designed as a rain hat with the rain falling off the corners away from the face. The shape has been worn throughout history by men and women alike. I hope that you enjoyed this historical stroll!
Good Morning Vintage Hat Fans!
I’m bringing you a fabulous hat this morning, although I found very little information on the maker, Leslie James. All I uncovered was a vague reference that James produced quality hats for movies, stars, and upscale clients in California from the early 1940s through 1960s. The second label is from a Cleveland department store, Engel Fetzer, that closed long ago.
As a milliner, I love feathers…but they aren’t always easy to work with. First, you must get them to curl the way you want (a challenge unto itself), then position them gracefully on the hat, and finally attach them so that they stay put in the proper position without any stitches showing.
This hat does all of these things so well! I appreciate the use of beads as a design element to cover the stitches. Also, please notice the custom hat pin in the center photo. I would love to have seen the reset of the ensemble the original owner wore with this stunning headpiece, wouldn’t you?
Good afternoon everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends. It’s Vintage Hat Friday, and I’m writing to share another special hat from my collection.
Today’s featured hat is made of black felt with a generous application of mink (including a few tiny feet!) around the brim. Fortunately, this piece has its original label and hat box– it’s a Sally Victor design. Ms. Victor was a well-known American milliner (1905 – 1977) who produced many wonderful hats during her career, primarily from the 1930s through the early 1950s.
What makes this piece particularly unique is its unusual shaped brim and small crown size – just 20 inches. It was originally purchased at Engel-Fetzer, a department store on Euclid near Huron in Cleveland, Ohio, which closed years ago. It is definitely a show-stopper and I have no doubt that this hat made heads turn whenever and wherever it was worn!