The Hat Shop   4 comments

There is this delicious gelato shop a few blocks from where I work that I love. After I ate the (mostly) healthy lunch that I brought from home today, I decided that I needed some gelato and walked down to get some. Next to the gelato shop is a hat shop. Not a division of a store that sells hats, but a shop that is dedicated to nothing but hats. Every time I walk by it I stop and wonder how a shop that sells nothing but (high-end) hats can stay in business. I mean, I never see anyone in the store, and even though it’s always very rainy in Seattle, you don’t see many people walking around sporting hats.

I remember the first time I went by the shop, and there was the giant Stetson advertisement, and I sort of figured that it mainly sold cowboy hats – and while I didn’t really see a lot of cowboy hats around town, there must be a popular market for them in the Seattle area. Maybe Bill Gates was a huge fan of the Stetson or something. In the window next to the cowboy hats were “old man hats”. You know the ones I’m talking about, with the flat bill and the button that snaps down. My Great Uncle Ray used to favor them when he went out. But then came something I wasn’t expecting. In the window next to the old man hats were some of the most lovely ladies hats that I’d ever seen. I was mesmerized by the array of woman’s hats in the window. (And I had flashbacks of the Disney short, you know, the one with Alice Blue Bonnet and Johnny Fedora).

Anyhow, every time I walk by the hat shop now, in addition to wondering how the shop thrives, especially in this economy, I always look at the ladies hats in the windows. Not only the hats, but the hat boxes. I’ve never had a hat that requires a hat box or has warranted a hat box upon its purchase. In fact, I didn’t even know that hat boxes still existed. But the hats are beautiful and have so much personality and panache.

Today as I walked by the hat shop, I again stopped and looked at the ladies hats in the window. And even though I’ve never really worn hats (unless you count the baseball cap I threw over my bed head on the way to class in college as I was running out the door…), I decided that I’m going to buy a hat from that front window. One that warrants a hat box.

I haven’t picked one out yet, but just because I’ve never worn hats before, doesn’t mean I can’t wear one now. And I intend to wear my new hat gracefully, with personality and panache.

Posted January 11, 2012 by Beruthiel in Brain Dump, Deep Thoughts, Off-Topic

4 responses to “The Hat Shop

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  1. You’d look great in a fancy hat :-)

  2. Oh, Beru! What fun! Now, before you pick out a hat from the front window, you should consider having an open mind. Go into the shop with a price point, and maybe an outfit you’d like the hat to go with, and let the nice people help you find a hat. The best Haberdasheries have the best sales people who will talk to you about what you like while trying to get your fit, then they’ll just start handing you hats, discussing the pros and cons, until suddenly you have the perfect hat in your hand.

    I love my local tailor and haberdasherie, and will purchase all of my outing hats from him (as well as my tuxedo, when the time comes that I get to purchase it.)

  3. Shortly after the royal wedding I read a comment that some fashion people think hats will make a comeback considering how popular the new Dutchess is. I’m not big on tracking that sort of thing myself but I have to admit she makes them look interesting! There’s so much character in something like that.

  4. I love coming to read your blog <3 Not only for the game aspect, but because it is ALWAYS such a joy! Johnny Fedora and Alice Bluebonnet is such a great disney clip! I squeeled when I seen it on your page, it brought back such great childhood memories. Go get your hat, and wear it with pride and confidence :)

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