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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|

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|

Women’s Fedora Hats: A New Spin On A Traditionally Men’s Hat

While there has always been a certain divide in fashion along gender lines, almost no piece has bridged the gap so definitively as the fedora. Initially adapted as an alternative to less practical - and more traditional women’s hats - the fedora has withstood the test of time and is popular both as a

November 1st, 2018|Women's Hats|

Women’s Hats and the History of the World

Women’s hats are captivating. One need only look to the recent royal wedding to realize the fascination these bits of high fashion inspire. At the most basic level, hats serve as physical communicators of gender, age, and social status. Hats may be used for practical protection from the elements, ceremonial symbols, or enhancers

July 25th, 2018|Women's Hats|

Off to the Races! The History of Kentucky Derby Hats

The First Kentucky Derby When Colonel M. Lewis Clark, Jr. founded the Kentucky Derby, he never could have imagined how much fashion would be tied to its popularity. Before the Derby began, races in America were identified with gambling and drinking and not seen as appropriate places for women and children. Mr. Clark sought to

April 4th, 2017|Fashion & Style, Hats in the News, Trend Watch, Women's Hats|

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