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!
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.
When WVIZ/PBS approached me about donating to its on-air auction, I knew I had to make a Downton Abbey-inspired hat for the membership drive. Here’s the result…a hat that has roots in the past but is still very “today.” I hope it finds its way to the head of a generous donor!
Our lovely Duchess of Cambridge looks as pretty as ever in her red pillbox hat by Gina Foster and coat by Catherine Walker. Kate is wearing her pillbox in the traditional manner, on the crown of her head. As you know, she generally favors fascinators, worn at an asymmetrical angle on the side of the head. She’s gorgeous, as always.
After last Friday’s pretty vintage hat photo, I decided to make a modern version of the hat that was pictured. This one is a similar shape, but it’s blocked from a single piece of straw so the crown is smooth rather than sectioned. And as much as I love vintage lace, it must be used wisely so that it doesn’t create a look that’s dated. Instead of covering the brim with lace, I opted to use a bit of dotted net to add whimsy and texture. The bow and band are made from a vintage tone-on-tone damask fabric and I couldn’t help adding a few fun feathers. Retro with a modern twist! This hat is available in my Etsy shop.
I’m taking a departure from my collection this week to share a photo of a beautiful hat (and woman) that a friend sent me. The woman in the photo is the grandmother of a co-worker of hers. I love everything about this photo – her expression is so sweet. Perhaps she’s thinking of the man she loves. Look at the detail of the sectioned crown and pleated lace brim. It’s one gorgeous hat!
Lovely Lady in a Vintage Hat
If you have vintage photos of friends, relatives, etc. wearing wonderful hats, please send them my way! They may just end up on one of my posts!
Good morning hat collectors! Although this is a wool felt hat, it hints of spring with its ring of flowers and fabulous handmade feather butterfly with long quill antennae. Each blossom adds dimension and depth, which makes anyone want to take a second look. There’s no label in his hat to identify a maker but it is hand stitched and has a high-quality feel. I think it’s a charming hat and I’m glad to have it in my collection.