It’s Official: Straw Fedora is the Summer Status Symbol

Straw Fedora Hats at Hartford York Hats - Makins Fedora - The SouthwestIt’s got to be official – it’s in the New York Times! A compilation snapshot of that city’s hat-wearing frenzy is captured in Cats in the Hats, Bill Cunningham’s On The Street segment of Fashion & Style.

The photo caption reads:

The straw fedora, with its rakish snap brim, is the summer status symbol. The hats have the traditional headband of patterned fabric or solid-color grosgrain ribbon. There are even a few vintage Panama hats being worn around the city.

Very nice to see how many ladies are wearing the unisex hat. I like the composition of the picture too–lots of energy and vibrancy with all the colors and straw weave patterns.

(And I thought for sure this year’s summer status symbol was my pre-publication copy of the last Harry Potter manuscript, Deathly Hallows) HA!

Thanks for reading,
Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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  1. I know this was last year…but, can you tell me anything about the hat in the last row, sixth from the left?

    I’ve been looking for one like that for awhile with no luck.


  2. It’s really too small to see, but it look to me like a Makins hat — something about the shape, especially the slight rise of the brim at the back. There’s one (although it’s a ramie and not cloth hat) that catches my eye with its silhouette:

    The link is

    Hope that helps!

    Steve Singer

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