Vintage Hat Friday

Does this hat crack you up as much as it does me? If I ever wore this hat in public (highly doubtful, BTW) I wouldn’t be able to keep a straight face. It doesn’t have a designer label but is definitely 1960s/early 1970s and was purchased at Bonwit Teller. The original tag is still attached and it sold for $15. It’s for sale in my Etsy shop for a song if you’re interested.

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In-Studio Perspectives

It took me all week, but I finally got on a roll last Friday. I just ordered these straw hoods and love the black and tan weave. They’re fun to block and so I went to town using my hat blocks and also some free-form sculpting. These are still in progress so you can’t really tell what they’ll end up looking like but stay tuned to my Facebook page (click here to “like” What a Great Hat if you haven’t already!) to see the results. A sneak peek at one of the cloches is found below. Fun, fun, fun.

Straw hats in progress by What a Great Hat

Straw hats in progress by What a Great Hat

Straw cloche with rolled band by What a Great Hat

Straw cloche with rolled band by What a Great Hat

 

 

Lakewood Arts Festival this Saturday, August 4

 

If you’re in the Lakewood area this Saturday, I hope you’re able to stop by the Lakewood Arts Festival between 10 am and 6 pm. Although it’s my first time doing this show, I’ve had a lot of people – both artists and art-lovers – tell me it’s one of their favorites. This pretty knotted straw cloche has been one of my best-selling hats this summer – I will bring it with me on Saturday…you can find me in booth 13.

Natural Knotted Sisal Cloche

 

This is how to dress for the Kentucky Derby

How many occasions require a look from head to toe that’s totally special and over-the-top? Well, the Kentucky Derby comes to mind since is all about the hat and the clothes. I’m partnering with Audrey’s Sweet Threads, a fabulous women’s boutique at Eton Collection, to bring together great hats and lovely clothing to help you look your best. The outfit in the photo is a gorgeous tiered lace dress with subtle shots of gold. See how the light filters through the hat onto the model to produce a lacy effect? So elegant. Find Audrey’s Sweet Threads at 28601 Chagrin Blvd. in Woodmere. (216-831-8880) You can see two more of my hats to the left of the mannequin in the photo below.

A Great Kentucky Derby Look by What a Great Hat and Audrey's Sweet Threads

Another Kentucky Derby Hat

Here’s another fabulous Kentucky Derby hat in shades of cafe-au-lait and cream. It’s hand blocked and sewn – the marks of a well-made hat. Dreamy satin ribbon and vintage dotted trim add a splash of luxury and vintage feathers provide a touch of whimsy. Lovely and sophisticated!

Cafe au Lait wide brim Kentucky Derby Hat