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Contemporary Cloche Hats

November 20th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Hats in the News

A new wave of modernized women’s cloche hats has become the perfect accents to a current wardrobe. Designers of this seasons’ women’s cloche hats take inspiration from the art deco era while incorporating on season color palettes and adoring with contemporary accessories. These innovate styles, while a few steps away from the traditional cloche hat, are true to the spirit of the women who wore the cloche style in the 20s-40s. The modern women’s cloche hat is unique and artful, often asymmetrical, and truly head turning.

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Grace Claudette – 1940’s Inspired Cloche

If you’re into modern vintage, the Grace Claudette is the perfect hat for you. This 1940’s inspired cloche hat is made of 100% wool and has an adjustable interior band to ensure a comfy fit. Featuring charming bow on the back, you’re sure to turn heads whether you’re coming or going.

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Grace Caplet – Adjustable Wool Pillbox Cloche

Vintage appeal, with a modern flair, the Grace Caplet is a chic pillbox cloche hat. Shallower than a standard cloche, this dress hat hints at brim with it’s artfully contoured silhouette, and making it the perfect hybrid between the classic cloche and pillbox styles. Resting to the side of the sculpted brim, the Caplet features a classy faux fur accent that truly makes this hat a winter beauty.

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Broner Florence – Contemporary Wool Cloche

Cute and simple, the Broner Florence is a cloche hat that will keep you toasty and warm. Made of 100% wool, the body of this hat is durable and is sure to keep out the winter chill. The self-trim rose adornment to the side breaks up the streamline silhouette and gives this cloche just a touch of femininity without going over the top.

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Belfry Aurora – Handmade Fur Felt Cloche

The Belfry Aurora is modern vintage fashion at it’s best. Made of fine quality fur felt, the velour look of the body paired with the matte texture of the wide band and smooth sheen of the feather adornment make for a monochromatic masterpiece. The sophisticated stylings of this little black hat, make the Aurora perfect for topping off your fall and winter dress attire.

Needless to say cloche hats are not just for flappers!

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Borsalino Hats: Only the Best!

August 1st, 2013 | No Comments | Posted in Fashion & Style, Hats in the News, Men's Hats

We sell many different types of hats from multiple different brands. Each brand has their own style and methods to making their hats, but one brand stands out: Borsalino. Borsalino hats are men’s hats that are of the highest quality because they are made by hand. When you look to buy a hat, what do you look for? Comfort, style, and durability come to mind. You want your hat to look nice, feel nice, and last as long as possible. Some hats look nice, but are uncomfortable in sizing, shape, and overall material. Others feel nice but lack that extra fashion sense. The only way you can achieve all 3 is through the method used to make the hat. That’s where Borsalino dominates!

Borsalino Hats - Manufacturing Process

Borsalino hats are made by hand over a course of 7 weeks. In these 7 weeks, they go through a long process filled with machines and hand-working specialists. It’s the hand-work that makes them stand out in front all the rest. In order to ensure their hats are high-quality, they inspect them at every step of the process for quality. Borsalino hats are made from rabbit fur and are inspected as soon as the hood is made. If the quality does not meet their standards, it is discarded permanently and re-done from scratch.

Borsalino Hats Varieties

We sell Borsalino hats of many different varieties and styles. There is a hat for every occasion, vacation, or just for a night on the town. Find the one that matches your personality and occasion! Here are some examples:

The Borsalino Antony hat is a hand-made straw, fedora-style hat. The brim can be snapped up or down depending on how formal you want to appear. The quality and overall build of the hat will give you a nice surprise when you’re wearing it!

The Borsalino Compania II is another fedora-styled hat that is made exclusive Hats in the Belfry. This exclusive hat has a soft fur felt material that is smooth to the touch and is naturally water-resistant. Because it can be rolled up, it is easy to put in your travel bag or any other location for easy storage until you’re ready to wear it.

This Borsalino hat, known as the Borsalino Avventuriero, is our Panama straw safari hat. It’s perfect for traveling in the hot sun and is supposed to change color slightly when in the sun due to the hand-woven Panama straw.

The Borsalino Bruno is a casual blend of cashmere and wool giving it a nice, fresh, clean look. This classic newsboy cap has a single snap front peak and a smooth satin interior lining. This lining, along with the grosgrain sweatband give you a nice comfortable hat that is covered is stitched to the detail all around.

Finally we have the Borsalino Matri, which is a blend of wool and linen materials. Its subtle denim design across the top and 3-point back will give you a true high-quality Ivy cap fashion style, without the bold colorful plaid designs. This hat is currently on sale for $25 off (Web purchases only)!

More Borsalino Products

For more Borsalino products visit our Men’s Borsalino Hats page. We have more of these high-quality, hand-made hats as well as scarves.

If you want to learn more about Borsalino’s process and company, visit their Hand Made page.

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7 Famous Movie Hats

July 17th, 2013 | 1 Comment | Posted in Hats in the News

Hollywood puts out thousands of movies each year, each with different plots, characters, and settings. Some movies take off without a hitch and make millions of dollars on the opening night! These famous movies often have characters that wear some stylish hats that really make their character who they are. Some of these hats are so iconic that you can buy their famous hats online and in stores! Instead of listing all of the hats, we’ll cover 10 of these famous hats that you may recognize.indiana-jones-5512

  1. Indiana Jones – Indiana Jones, the epitome of adventure, wears the famous fedora. He wears his hat through all of his adventures, whether he’s in high-speed car chases, swinging across seemingly-endless chasms, or in an intense gun fight. Without his famous fedora hat, he’s just another adventurer.
  2. Walter White – Walter White, the main character from AMC’s Breaking Bad, is found with his pork pie hat. Throughout the series, Walter grows to be more of a drug kingpin, where he gains more confidence and power. When he grabs his hat you know he has a plan and he means business. When he wears his hat it is meant to symbolize him as his alias “Heisenberg”, and represents the fear he strikes in others, the confidence he gains, and the intimidation he uses to his advantage.
  3. John T. Chance – John Wayne plays the Westerner Sheriff Chance, who keeps the peace in Presidio County in the movie Rio Bravo. Wayne plays this iconic character who wears an old fashioned cowboy hat. Chance represented pure masculinity, and his hat was right along with him. His hat never left his head throughout the movie, and many other John Wayne movies to follow. Chance kept his calm voice, while still beating people to the ground.
  4. Dr. Seuss – Dr. Seuss was an iconic figure in the children’s book industry and was impossible to picture without his red and white hat. Seuss’ books used a unique poetic meter that attracted a lot of publicity and attention to his books, while of course giving us a good laugh in the process. Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat is arguably his most famous work and could never be depicted without the famous hat. The hat was part of the reason it was so humorous.
  5. Ellen “The Lady” – Sharon Stone plays as Ellen “The Lady” in The Quick and the Dead. Throughout this movie Ellen was a dangerous gunslinger with some of the quickest draws you’ll ever see. She wears her own cowboy hat which stays with her throughout the movie until she gets revenge on Herod. This hat stands as a perfect symbol for women’s strength and courage…men aren’t the only people who get the famous hats here!
  6. Willy Wonka – Willy Wonka is one of the most popular movies from the 70’s, with a fairly recent 2005 remake. In every scene Wonka wore a purple top hat that was always easy to spot and kept the other characters attention at all times. Even though he was a bit strange, he kept a leadership position throughout the movie.
  7. Dumbledore – Dumbledore was one of the key characters from the Harry Potter series. He was always wearing his tassel hat, a common wizardry hat. Dumbledore was idolized as a powerful wizard that would fight the dangers of the world with the help of his accomplices.

When you think of your favorite movie character, it’s difficult to picture them in any other way than what they played in that movie. In many cases, such as those listed above, they are automatically associated with a particular hat as well. Hats are for keeping up an appearance, dressing up, and sometimes to give confidence; however, this is not how we view them on most people. You may never see someone without a particular hat on, which eventually makes the hat a part of them. In Hollywood, hats are used not just as an article of clothing, but also a part of the person. The choice of hats is crucial in building characters and the setting of a movie or scene. Need more proof? Try picturing your favorite hat-wearer in your favorite scene, but this time without a hat! It’s not easy.

Hats In The Belfry offers most of the hats listed above, if not something very close to it. Browse our hat selection and see if you can find your favorite movie hat!

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The Fedora: A Fashion Statement

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Every generation has its own unique sense of style, and in recent years, there hasn’t been a larger fashion statement then fedoras. These simple hats have made quite a stir in the fashion industry. We, the consumers, see celebrities wearing fedoras all the time, and this once thought formal masculine head wear has been transformed into a very unique item of any wardrobe.

Fedora hats were born in the late 1800’s, as a fashion accessory to depict the upper class. The fedoras popularity soared as it was prominently featured throughout 1940’s cinema as it adorned the heads of movie’s most famous detectives and gangsters. The fedora is still continuing to grow in popularity as a greater variety of styles are introduced, allowing for a plethora of options for selecting that perfect outfit.

The fedora represents the sheer elegance of class, style, and sophistication, and as the fedora became a unisex fashion, men and women can enjoy it at the same time. Whether you are looking for a light summer hat, a dress hat, or a casual hat, there are several tips that both men and women should take into consideration before selecting and wearing a fedora.

  • Plan out when you’ll wear it. Fedoras used to be strictly formal head wear for men, but recent style trends dictate that both men and women can wear them with formal or casual attire. The same fedora may work for both looks, but if you intend to use it for multiple outfits, keep that in mind when you go shopping. Also, decide whether you will wear the fedora as a summer hat or a more formal dress hat – or you can just get one for every occasion!
  • Pick a color and material. The setting and clothes you wear determine the type of fedora most appropriate.
  • For daytime and summer settings, a straw fedora would be the best option because it is a lighter material and allows the breeze through.
  • For evening or colder settings, a dark felt or twill fedora would best suit your needs.
  • If you plan on wearing your fedora with a suit, make sure you match the color of the hat to the color of the suit. If you tend to wear black or gray suits, choose a black or gray fedora. Similarly, if you wear brown suits, stick with a brown fedora.
  • Choose a proper fit. The hat should fit snugly, but not so snugly that it leaves a red mark on your skin. Remember, a properly fitted hat should rest approximately a finger’s width above your eyebrows and ears.
  • Keep the back brim of your fedora tilted up. The front brim can either be tilted up or left straight.

If you are looking for something to freshen up your wardrobe, a fedora hat might be just the thing for you, and here at Hats in the Belfry, we offer many varieties of fedoras for men and women.

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