Saturday, April 24, 2010

ADS has lots of summer hats NOW

ADS Hats on Valencia in San Francisco just got in a huge shipment of summer hats, especially mens! Go check it out.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Fez Friday: Blue Felt Fez

Love this vintage blue felt fez with hanging discs. Label is marked "New York Creation".

Monday, April 19, 2010

Dandies in the Congo

Ok, so apparently there are dandies who dress to impress in the slums of the Congo. I want to see people dress this way on the streets of the US, daily. So, everybody out there wearing jeans and a t-shirt: it's time to shape up.

For more info, see this article.

Hat of the Week: A Lilly Dache

I've just finished reading Lilly Dache's autobiography "Talking Through my Hats"- spectacular!

It was written just after World War II, around the same time this photo was taken.

Lilly Dache apprenticed with a milliner in France as a teenager, at 18 years old moved alone to New York City with $13 in her pocket, and within a year was running her own millinery shop, with minions. She quickly built up an empire and went on to become one of (if not *the*) best known milliners in the US. She and ran it from her custom-built 7-story building in Manhattan, filled with workshops, leopard print upholstery, fitting rooms decorated differently to flatter ladies with different coloring, and a penthouse on top to live in with her hunky husband. Although she did sell hats through department stores all over the country, she ran her own shop in New York as a model millinery- customers would choose from a number of styles aka floor models, and a fresh one would be made for them in their size. Or, the customer could order something custom for a unique style. People couldn't just walk in off the street- you had to apply to be a customer, and come with a recommendation from a current customer.

Dache was famous for making flattering, romantic styles with masses of flowers and trim.

She made lots of hats for celebrities (on and off stage/screen), including Carmen Miranda's famous fruit headdresses.

She helped popularize turbans in the late 1930s and early 1940s.

She also made the tailored, sporty styles from around that time that are my favorite hats.

She made a zillion dollars and was really nice and really happy. *sigh* The whole thing has left me feeling envious and starry eyed and makes me want to get down to business.

But before I do that, let me introduce you to a Lilly Dache hat. This hunter green straw is probably from the 1940s. It's cocked up in front and has a beautifully draped crown. It's trimmed with light green ribbon, white flowers, and blue and brown feathers.

On that note, I'm going to go make a hat.