In classic Greek mythology the Chimera was a beast made up of the parts of many different animals. As this hat combines styles of many hats, the name Chimera seemed fitting. The crown is an optimo crown, typically only seen in summer panama hats. The brim is blocked using a western block, giving a wide dramatic flair. And the hat band detail is inspired by a bow on a vintage fedora from the 40s. All these elements come together to form a new silhouette of hat; a beast of many parts.
The Sherry Bowler
Designed as a part of the Lloyd Hall MOD collection, this little red bowler is inspired by the Mod subculture of the 60s in London. It gets its name from beautiful little mod shop tucked away in a corner of Carnaby Street in London which I used to frequent almost every week when I lived there. The hat is made from a vibrant red fur felt and finished with a grosgrain binding and matching grosgrain hat band. The hat band features a double fold instead of the traditional bow giving it a unique geometric asymmetrical look.
The Neapolitan Hat
A whimsical design, this takes the classic colours of neapolitan ice cream and uses them as the color inspiration for this hat. The body is a light pink and the hat is trimmed with a cream and brown band, separating the hat in the same way the ice cream is divided. The hat is blocked with a cattleman crown like the ones worn by Lyndon B. Johnson however this has taken that classic silhouette to a much more whimsical and modern place.
The Chaplin Bowler
Taking inspiration from one of the icons of the silver screen, Charlie Chaplin, this little bowler is made from a high quality fur felt. Unlike Chaplin's classic black bowler, this one comes in a rich blue colour, trimmed with a black hat band and edge binding. The combination of these colours gives the hat a much more modern look while still retaining that classic bowler style.
The Wilbur Fedora
Named after Wilbur Wright, the elder of the two Wright brothers. The felt on this hat was hand-dyed giving it a unique textured look of deep burgundies and reds. It is hard blocked into a classic teardrop shape and trimmed with a thin grosgrain hat band. It also features a small airplane detail in honour of the brother's achievement in creating and piloting the first airplane.
The Stardust Fedora
Silver glitter felted into the dark black of this hat gives the impression of stars in the night sky. The Stardust Fedora is a high quality fur felt blocked into a classic centerdent shape. The hat is trimmed with a black grosgrain hat band and stuck with a pearl hat pin to match the shine of the glitter in the felting.
The Hercules Fedora
When looking for classic style icons, Howard Hughes is a name that often comes to mind. A genius inventor and avid hat-wearer, Hughes was an inspiration to many. This hat takes it's name from possibly his most famous plane the Hughes H-4 Hercules, or as it's more commonly known, the "Spruce Goose". This beautiful grey fedora has a classic teardrop crown which slopes dramatically towards the back of the hat. The grosgrain band has a folded bow detail and a feather tucked behind as a symbol of the many flights Hughes was responsible for.
The Emmet Fedora
A classic style centerdent fedora made from a soft fur felt. Trimmed with a wide grosgrain edge binding and matching hat band with a modern geometric bow. The blue trim perfectly complements the rich brown colour of the felt.
The Eliza Fedora
When people think of picture hats, the one that most often comes to mind is the dramatic black and white one worn by Ms. Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady. This hat, with it's dramatic wide brim, brings the drama of picture hats to a ready-to-wear style. It still makes a statement but it can be worn for a much wider variety of occasions. Not only is it a fun style, but it's also made from a soft velour felt which gives it an incredibly soft feel.
The Joanne Fedora
Modeled after the large fedora worn by Lady Gaga on her Joanne album cover, this hat is made from a soft velour fur felt. The beautiful pastel blue gives it a light look which pairs beautifully with lots of styles. Trimmed with a wide grosgrain bow with a frayed edge for a unique finish.