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30-07-2004
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I love hats, I love to make them and I love to wear them. I'd show you some of my work, but my website is down right now while I am transfering the domain to a new host. I like the looks of your designs and hope you get those hats made and get them out in the public. I think those hats need to be perched on some real heads.

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I LOOOOVE hats. I always feel overdressed wearing them though... America sucks. In britain I think its more common.

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Thanks Utopia, As You Like It and Oceanharlot, thanks for your nice comments and I'll do my very best to try and get some hats made. I've never made a hat using the materials before, I just love to draw ideas for them, just like I do with handbags and shoes.

I would love to see some of your ideas As You Like It, let me know once you're site is up and running.

I think they're more popular at formal events yes, and at the races and other posh sporting events. In winter they look good too, with faux fur hats in animal prints and leather styles looking cool. I hope more people wear hats, there are some brilliant designers out there, with some really funky ideas! In London, they're quite popular, probably more so during the day than in the evening. Do they not wear hats much in the US? Apart from the Stetson I guess down in the south.

Utopia, my mum collects hats too, she loves weddings so she has an excuse to go hat shopping in Selfridges!

Here's one I drew yesterday, on Brighton Beach in the sun...I think the sun inspired this crazy swirly hat! Or maybe the refreshing curling waves
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Wonderful illustrations.

Hats are very beautiful but not any sort of athletic ones. Isabella Blow, and Anna Piaggi have some sublime hearwear.



Apparently Isabella Blow feels naked without a hat, and always wears one. Even at home.

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I am most comfortable when I have something on my head out in public. I wear a bike helmet all the time when I am biking, but if I am walking around, I wear an engineer's hat or a flat cloth cap, mostly, though I have a couple of cute bucket hats and cloches and a silly little 1950s-style pancake hat which is positively hilarious.



Tell me that isn't one of the silliest hats you have ever seen?

My website is back up and running. The link you see here will take you straight to my hat page!

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04-08-2004
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as you like it, that pancake hat is so witty and adorable

craig if I ever go to the races at ascot I want you to design me an outrageous hat that last swirly hat is simply fantastic

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those sketches are so witty. oh how i love the last one. you do great. i love hats and hate how uncommon it is in America, but no one is to get me wrong because i love those doggone baseball caps!

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I live in the US and I wear hats all the time. You just have to be comfortable and confident and you can wear damn near anything you like.

I think hats are getting more popular anyhow. Paris and Nicole practically always had on some kinds of hats during the Simple Life 2, although Paris kept wearing a dreadful baby-blue trucker hat way too often.

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Thanks The Sweetest, I bet you look cool in your baseball cap

There are some cool hats appearing on this thread, Incroyable those hats worn by Isabella Blow are fantastic! That green picture with the bed is inspiring, a real fantasy feel to it.

Utopia, I will definitely concept a hat for you! The bigger and swirlier the better.

As You Like It, had a lot of fun reading your website and looking at those cool hats, and cute cat! Yeah I like fantasy and Japanese style too, being involved in the games business I see a lot of it, it's nice to fuse fashion and fantasy

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Originally posted by As You Like It@Aug 5 2004, 07:52 AM
I live in the US and I wear hats all the time. You just have to be comfortable and confident and you can wear damn near anything you like.
Me too!! I love hats and wear them often. I wore a very simple black hat with white trim and a slim white bow in the back to mass on Sunday and could barely get to the front without folks stopping to tell me I was "wearing that hat!!!"

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The NYT has an article on hats ahd how they are again in vogue;

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August 17, 2004

Fedoras Fly and Trilbys, Too: Downtown Tips Its Hat to Harlem
By GINIA BELLAFANTE

hen Rod Keenan arrived in Manhattan from Kansas more than a decade ago, transported by dreams of becoming a kind of contemporary Charles James, he took to the benighted habit of wearing a hat, a practice that yielded certain demographic discoveries. Generally speaking, his encounters with mockery took place in locations south of Morningside Park.

"I'd be walking around downtown, and people would give me a weird look or say `What is up with that hat?' " Mr. Keenan explained last week at his West 122nd Street town house. "But in Harlem, where there is a long tradition of formal dress, I'd always get a `Hey, man, nice hat.' "

Fortunately for Mr. Keenan, who is one of the city's few custom men's hat makers, such geographic divisions no longer hold. At a time when formality is hardly the order of the day and presidential candidates campaign for office as if the whole of their wardrobes derived from the Gap gestalt, traditional men's hats including Panamas, fedoras and newsboy caps, among other iterations, are experiencing an unforeseen resurgence.

The current issue of Cargo, the new fashion magazine for young men, features a model in a plaid suit and a two-toned golf cap on one page, and another scouring a library shelf in a tweed trilby from Lands' End on the next. Mr. Keenan has watched with some fascination as his traditional hats have turned up in eccentrically minded style publications like Flaunt, as well as in Maxim and Stuff, men's magazines that pay little attention to the foppish.

At the same time, the Stetson company has chosen this moment to revamp its image. Early next year, the 140-year-old milliner, known as much for its organization-man hats as for its Western styles, will open its first-ever store on Bleecker Street, amidst the frenzy of the Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren boutiques. Eighteen months ago, the company put a new creative team in place to produce a line of expensive men's hats, some with intricate weaves and hand painting, that would sell at stores like Bergdorf Goodman to the urbane sorts who drive Vespas and speak more than one Romance language. It would be called "the modern collection."

During the venture's first season, Henry Hershkowitz, the company's new creative director, said, only 12 fedoras from the new line were sold to stores. For the coming winter season, the company sold hundreds. And for spring 2005, Mr. Hershkowitz, once a lawyer and an owner of the Screening Room in TriBeCa, reported that the modern collection will offer three varieties of the fedora, so great is the demand for the hat.

"It's very interesting to look at the demographics of all this," said Aida O'Toole, the owner of J. J. Hats on Fifth Avenue, the 93-year-old purveyor of old-guard Stetsons, boaters and Borsalinos. "We're getting 16-year-olds coming in here now asking for fedoras." Three or four years ago, Ms. O'Toole began noticing younger browsers in her shop. "We saw a big hat craze around the time of `Urban Cowboy,' " she said, "but after that it was quiet for a very long time."

When considering the cultural forces behind the renewed affection for such head gear, the impact of celebrity endorsement cannot be ignored. "I hate to say it, but if I had to cite a reason for all this, I'd have to say `Queer Eye,' " Mr. Keenan acknowledged. But hip-hop artists like Wyclef Jean frequently turn up in formal hats, and so do movie stars like Brad Pitt. Not long after a contestant on "Celebrity Poker Showdown" on Bravo played his hands wearing a particular trilby, Mr. Keenan was deluged with requests for the hat.

One afternoon last week, the actor Nicolas Cage paid a visit to the Midtown studio of Orlando, the one-named custom milliner who also produces hats for Worth & Worth and looks as though he should be a competitive tango dancer. In his work space, surrounded by wood hat blocks, steaming devices and framed advertisements that might have appeared in Fortune circa 1952, are Irish walking hats and the straw sorts that seem to be begging for the companionship only seersucker blazers could provide.

"Fifteen years ago, you'd see the mature man coming here you know, 50 and up," Orlando noted. "Now I'm seeing the $150,000-a-year-plus, 32-year-old professional." Orlando's felt hats cost about $125; his cashmere ones, $350. Each year, though, he turns out two or three finely woven Montecristi straw hats that each take a year and 10 pairs of hands to weave. Mr. Cage bought one for $3,000.

However influential celebrity hat-wearing may be, most in the millinery trade acknowledge a gloomier imperative. "The whole hip-hop generation has done a lot for the hat business," Ms. O'Toole said. "But the real reason behind it all? Skin cancer."

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I was so ahead of the trend. I have been wearing Stetson trilby hats for a couple of years now!

I love the gender-bending, Marlene Dietrich aspect of wearing a tweedy old-man hat.

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I have a hat like these:

I love it-but I don't think even London's more open to it than America-the only place ppl don't really look twice is portobello/notting hill/camden, etc-where everyone is unique in their own way.

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I love seeing quirky hats on people, provided they can carry it off and it suits them.

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I love the hats on JapaneseStreets.com. I think that the Japanese tend to pay more attention to details and accessories than Americans do (in my experience), and I think that this attention to detail is what makes them tend to look better than many Americans. Hats are a good example. Not only are these displays amazing in terms of number and variety, but the pictures I've seen show more people actually wearing hats. I love it. I feel like almost nobody wears hats here. If I ever go to Japan, I'm totally loading up on cool hats.

I hope that post made sense to at least someone. Anyway, on to the pictures...

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