Deer hide leather cocktail hat with pheasant tail feathers. This little button hat thumbs its nose at convention. Leather isn't the usual base of a button hat, and those feathers really stand out in the crowd.
The leather is blocked in such a way that it will not lose its shape: a firm little button. The leather invites touch. The deer hide is soft in a way that traditional leather can never be.
And then there's the bit about the feathers. I wanted them to look as if they just landed there all on their own. They are subtly stitched down to keep them airily there.
This is a real attention-grabber. It is a hat noticed from across the room. In fact, it's a hat that will be noticed by the WHOLE room. It takes the world a little off-guard. Women will be jealous. Men will... oh we all know what men will do. They'll stumble a bit and act a bit as if they're in 8th grade asking for a dance.
The materials for this hat were sustainably and respectfully harvested. The leather is from a deer my mother-in-law harvested and the feathers are from a pheasant my father harvested. We are all committed to "using everything" and working hard for the wilderness.
"How does it stay on?", you ask. It can stay on in any number of ways. At this point, it
is stitched onto a hair band that's covered in black velvet. This is the best and easiest method to keep it where it's supposed to go for those of us with fine, slippery hair.
If you have thick or curly hair, you might want it put on an has an elastic band that goes behind your ears and under your hair. Drop me a convo and we can work out what you'd like.
I block each hat on antique wooden hat blocks, and I make each stitch by hand with a needle and thread. It's devilishly difficult to sew through leather and requires the scariest looking needle. It takes me at least 10 hours to create a fascinator by hand. They are small, but that means my stitches have to be smaller.
I'm a little crazy, but I truly do love the process. I want you to love this hat as much as I do. I am very happy to fix problems that may arise.
I am also very happy to do custom orders! Convo me and I can help you create the hat you've always dreamed of.
(photo with model by Stephan Hoglund)