Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Every Day A Hat

Hats for Winter
Just inside the door stands a hall tree with an abundance of hats. Before exchanging the felt hats with straw ones designed for hotter weather, here is the collection I've made for winter. With the exception of the synthetic fur hat (middle left) they are fashioned from felt which is first steamed then molded onto a wooden form called a block and anchored into position to dry. For years I've worn a hat every day, favoring large brims (or enormous ones)! In this walking city, these hats seem to invite conversations with strangers on practically a daily basis. I love it.

Hats (clockwise from top right): Garbo Fedora, Outbacker, Round Crown in ochre, royal blue, pine, (on table: Navy Fedora), Edwardian 'Fur' Hat, Texas by way of Milan.