Heads Up. It’s Hat Weather.

This is my new hat. It was made by Tracy Watts of New York. It’s felt, with a lower crown than a Homburg should have, and that suits me.

The thing about hats is that you have to wear them. They need a bit of rough handling to make them look good on you. At least these days when wearing a hat at all can turn heads.

This one needs a bit of rain. I wonder if she does one with an unbound brim in fur felt?

Since Wikipedia is down today, I’ll throw in a fun fact for you. Do you know why hat makers are called milliners? Because the best of them emigrated to England from Milan. The word is a bastardization of “Milaner”.

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2 Responses to Heads Up. It’s Hat Weather.

  1. Paula says:

    I had no idea about the source of that word! My favorite job ever was in college–in the Bride’s Shop at a lovely ladies’ department store in my hometown. If a bride could not find a veil she was satisfied with, the woman who managed the department would put in a call to the millinery department. A tiny woman, all of 5 feet tall and so petite, always dressed in an adorable suit and pumps, would come up to the salon and talk through some ideas for a veil, taking into consideration the gown, fabrications, lace, etc., and then she would design and sew the veil herself. She was the one-woman Millinery Department. Naturally, she always wore stylish hats herself every single day, gloves too! When she retired, the Millinery Department closed. I can close my eyes and visualize every detail of the entire store . . . thanks for the reminder, Mr. E!

  2. Henry Hundley says:

    What a cool hat! A couple of years ago, I attempted to have made a derby (bowler) of similar ilk but was unable to get what I wanted.

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