1930s - 1940s Clothing

Breton sailor 1940s black straw hat wide brim

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Inner circumference of crown: 20.5”
Crown diameter: 7” front to back / 6.25” side to side
Brim width: 3.5” in front / 2.25” at center back
Crown height/depth: 2.5”
Label: Carson Pirie Scott and Co. Chicago / New York Creation

This “Breton sailor”-style, wide brimmed 1940s hat in fine black straw will frame the face beautifully, as it sits back on the head, with its brim turned up on all sides. The upturned brim is edged with purple satin piping (probably black, originally), and completely covered with a wide mesh veil, on both its upper and lower sides. A wide black satin ribbon band encircles the crown, ending in a large bow at the center back. The combination of the upturned brim and the large bow give this hat a youthful, “schoolgirl” vibe. In very good to near excellent condition, the only issues to note are the possibly faded brim piping, and the elastic band inside, which has lost the majority of its stretch--it could easily be replaced with modern elastic. This well made 1940s straw hat will be a lovely addition to your spring and summer hat collection!

Attached to the inner grosgrain band, the hat has both a “Carson Pirie Scott and Co.” Chicago department store label, and a “New York Creation” label. As described on the fabulous Vintage Fashion Guild’s Label Resource: “The New York Dress Institute was formed in 1941 as a joint venture between the clothing manufacturers of New York City and the ILGWU…Its purpose was to advance the sales of dresses and clothing made in New York by promoting the city as the fashion center of the country. The New York Creation label was used to identify the products of members.”

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