a jazz age indulgence
August 2, 2010
Yesterday was a day of strolling and just enjoying the city. Well, at least the second part of it. My morning was a bit stressful when I messed up my subway directions and didn’t make it to the corset place before stopping at the theatre to see We The People: America Rocks, starring the one and only Bastard Keith (well, not billed by that name since it was a family friendly show) as Ben Franklin.
After the theatre, my partner wasn’t feeling too well, but we decided to quick stop at the corset place, since I missed it before the show and was feeling sort of glum. I bought two items there (to be discussed in a different post) and then on the walk to get a taxi we passed by a hat shop.
Now, hats have become sort of new interest for me. I think I always enjoyed the look, but never really got into them myself. With the abundance of 1930′s era films we’ve been watching lately and a lot of jazz-age themed events popping up in NYC, I decided I should invest in a cloche hat so I’d have something to wear to events. Walking past this hat store, I saw one in the window and decided to go try some on.
Victor Osborne‘s store is a really amazing experience. Hat blocks (the wooden models that they fit the hats on to shape them) line the store and are placed along the back wall with hats that are finished or are currently being fitted. Osborne himself was actually steaming one when we walked in. I tried on a variety but knew I had come in looking for a cloche, and decided to get one. As a warning, the hats there are a bit pricey for my taste, but the craftsmanship was amazing and he was such a great guy running his own business, it felt good buying from him.
Now, for the vegans in the house, here is another interesting fact for you all. Victor Osborne makes his hats out of two main mediums – straw (vegan) and felt (not vegan). I asked about the felt, figuring it would be made from wool, like felted bags I’ve seen people knit. I was actually surprised to find out most of the felt he uses is composed of rabbit fur. Vegans, before you squirm, know that he is fine making any style hat in straw if it is structurally possible. Personally, I was in love with so many of his hats that were already created in straw, I am eagerly awaiting my chance to make my next purchase!