Today’s vintage hat is all about summer. Such pretty, delicate roses and violets are perched on the wavy brim of this garden-inspired beauty. It does not have a designer label and it’s completely stitched by hand, including the grosgrain ribbon edge. I’m guessing 1950s or early ’60s. It’s available in my Etsy store.
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!
Today’s hat is a cute little topper – sort of a demi-turban. The fur felt is positively dreamy and buttery. The large rhinestone pin at the front adds a lot of sparkle and personality. While this isn’t the world’s most unusual vintage hat and doesn’t boast a designer label, I appreciate the quality of materials and craftsmanship. I love the sewn pleats that lead to the pin. Definitely a hat to enjoy!
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!
This is one hot hat! No designer label, just a union-made label. It’s blocked on a base of cape net and covered one-by-one with neon pink feathers. This one just makes me smile.
I once made a one-by-one feather hat. It was about half the size of the hat below and it took HOURS to assemble. First, the feathers must be “gone through” and the fluffy bottom sections stripped away. Then each feather, one at a time, is carefully glued to the base, overlapping artfully. This one has the added beauty of the side feathers flipping over the top to create sort of an Elvis-like ducktail swoop.
As usual, I’d love to have seen the original owner decked out in this hat and her finest dress. Fun!
What a gorgeous piece this is! It’s a finely woven straw cartwheel hat topped with navy chiffon roses all around the edge of the brim. A pretty velvet ribbon surrounds the shallow crown and a custom-made-to-match hatpin secures it. The label reads Marche Exclusive. According to Hatatorium, the store was in New York and the designer was mentioned and/or advertised in fashion magazines in 1940s. The hat is nearly perfect; there’s a small area where the wire is poking through the grosgrain binding. It recently found a home with a happy vintage hat lover!
Another pretty cartwheel for spring. This one is a lovely soft pink straw wide brim with a loopy straw brim and shallow crown. Netting surrounds the brim and secures at the back of the hat with two custom-made-to-match hatpins. The designer is Phil Strann, a California milliner who designed in the 1950s. You can find it for sale in my Etsy store.
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.
This pretty straw boater is available for sale in my Etsy store. It doesn’t have a label, but it’s another well-made piece from my collection. The pretty plaid silk and pique ribbon is just lovely. The hat is blocked over a straw base that has a warm golden patina. The pleated ribbon carries to the underside of the brim. It’s fully lined and has a comb in front to secure it. An oversize feather tops it all off.