Saturday, March 23, 2013

Last Sale Ends 3/31/2013

If you've had your eye on any of the discounted hats in our Etsy shop or in store at Dark Garden, better snatch them quick. The sale only runs through the end of March, and then everything either gets pulled from the shelves or goes back to full price. We won't be marking down products like this again, so it's your last chance for that discount!

More Photos: 'Dee' Ladies Fedora

Here are more new views of hats from our ladies line.

The 'Dee' fedora is made from lush fur felt and trimmed with vintage ribbon. The shape is a classic fedora, with enough brim width to provide sun protection in front and a jaunty flip up at the back. Comes fitted with a ribbon sweatband.

Shown here in classic black with black ribbon trim.

 In sunny golden yellow trimmed in apple green.

 And in burgundy with scarlet red trim.

All these and more styles available now in our Etsy shop.

This hat could also be made for ladies in other colors, or for men with a leather sweatband, from different materials and trim. Interested? Contact us to inquire about a custom order.

Friday, March 22, 2013

New Photos: 'Bergman' Ladies Hat

Over the next week or so we'll be releasing a number of new photos of some existing styles. First up is the 'Bergman'.

This ladies hat is made from velvety velour-finish fur felt in black, trimmed in vintage ribbon and an intricate cockade. It's like a small, feminine porkpie or fedora, and was made with authentic vintage hat blocks from the 1930s or 1940s; this style was popular with Hollywood starlets around that time. The shape is very like a hat worn by Ingrid Bergman in the classic movie 'Casablanca'.

It's an easy style to wear because the felt is soft and comfortable, but the hat is slightly mini and perches on the head a little bit, so you can still have a hairstyle that shows. It's held in place on the head by two thin elastics that hide under your hair in the back to secure it.

Shown here in basic black with black trim.

A popular color combination this spring has been this bright teal felt with apply green trim.

 And the last one is in a warm brandy brown with steel gray trim.

All of these color combinations are available for sale now in our Etsy shop.

Jill Tracy: Belle of The Edwardian Ball

"I revel in this nightmare but I keep waking up too soon..." Haunted By the Thought of You

One of our favorite customers is musical evocateur and Belle of The Edwardian Ball, Jill Tracy.  Dubbed "the cult darling of the Underworld" by LA Weekly and "the femme fatale for the thinking man" by The San Francisco Chronicle, Jill's music evokes another time and place. A place that could be inside a beautiful dream or, more likely, a glamorous nightmare.  

Jill Tracy wears 'Viola' mini top hat in tiger-print melousine at  DNA Lounge (photo courtesy of Audrey Penven)

Jill's musical gifts are matched only by her fantastic sense of style and we are delighted she often wears a House of Nines original on stage when she performs.  We are very excited to announce that she will soon start carrying some House of Nines exclusive styles at her online retail shop!

 Photo by filmmaker Jeremy Carr from "Portrait of a Nightmare"

Jill has been performing at The Edwardian Ball since its inception 13 years ago and her name has become synonymous with this ever-growing event for lovers of Edward Gorey, ballroom dancers, the Steam Punk set, and Edwardian-bedecked revelers.  Jill's haunting songs and stories set the mood for this annual music and art festival.

Jill Tracy wearing a custom 'Wellington' mini top hat at The Edwardian Ball (photo by Samuel Coniglio)
Jill is the first musician in history to receive a grant from the famed Mütter Museum in Philadelphia. The medical history museum contains a collection of medical oddities and antique medical equipment and Jill's new project for 2013 will be based on their collection. 

Jill Tracy performs a Musical Seance with violinist Paul Mercer at The Conservatory of Flowers (photo courtesy of Audrey Penven)
 Recently, Jill has continued with her series of concerts at The Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. Working with San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers, Jill Tracy has created an unusual after-dark series focusing on a variety of alluring subjects (poisoning, alchemy, ghosts and violins, perfumes) while allowing audiences to tour the wondrous Victorian Greenhouse at night. 

Jill Tracy photo by Michael Garlington

Jill Tracy is also returning to the studio with the legendary David J (Bauhaus), and her song "The Colour of the Flame" will be released as a 7" collector's vinyl shared with Blixa Bargeld (Einstürzende Neubauten/ Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds) for Swedish publishers Malört Förlag.

Jill Tracy performs in a custom 'Postillion' mini hat at The Edwardian Ball. (Photo courtesy of Audrey Penven)

For more information visit her official website at  Please follow Jill on Facebook and Twitter.