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The Cloche: The Most Versatile Women’s Hat?

One of the most consistently popular styles of the last century, the cloche hat remains one our most popular women’s hat as well. Inseparable, in our minds, from the fedora, which also rose to popularity in the early part of the twentieth century, the cloche suffered less from a rise and fall in popularity,

March 18th, 2019|Women's Hats|

Designer Spotlight: Giovannio Hats

A longtime partner of Hats in the Belfry, Giovannio hats is an important part of our collection, and adds welcome variety to the spring/ summer options. The history of Giovannio is a long one, a history that respects the tradition of hats, and loves fine textiles. They provide a good product at an excellent

February 18th, 2019|Women's Hats|

Straw Fedora Hats: The Difference Between Good, Better & Best

Nothing says summer like a straw fedora. The iconic style, the unparalleled comfort, and the practical applications of the summer straw hat cannot be sufficiently enumerated upon, but that’s not going to keep me from trying. While “straw hats” sounds like it should mean something specific, a hat made of straw, rather it refers

February 4th, 2019|Men's Hats|

Why Do People Wear Hats at the Kentucky Derby?

The image of the Kentucky Derby is inexorably tied to hats. From it’s inception in 1875, the Kentucky Derby has been presented as a very special event, inspired by British horse racing, and every effort has been made since then to model the event after our continental, hat-wearing, horse racing, cousins. In many ways,

January 14th, 2019|Women's Hats|

Wide Brimmed Fedoras vs. Stingy Brimmed Fedoras

A controversial topic that you will see raised in most any hat shop is “how much fedora” someone can wear. This has nothing to do with the fit of the fedora, but rather how large the brim and the crown of the hat is. A “stingy” fedora has a smaller brim, less than two

December 18th, 2018|Hats in the News|

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