Vintage 60s Irene of New York Multi-Beaded Brocade Miniature Pillbox Hat
The cylindrical shape of the hat nods playfully at the fez, though topped by a square knob rather than a tassel.
Lined in crimson satin, the hat has two tortoise plastic combs to secure it to the head. Labelled "Irene of New York", it also has a store label which reads "Battelstein, Houston", and a cloth museum accession tag.
Born in Brooklyn, high-end milliner Irene Stone began making hats in the late 1940s. Her chief designer Bob Greene eventually became her son-in-law (and stayed on with her even after his wife had died, telling the New York Times in 1959 that Irene was a "terrific grandmother"). In the 1960s, Irene's hats were available in top department stores such as Henri Bendel, Bonwit Teller, and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Battelstein's was a chain of clothing stores in Houston which grew from a single 1897 tailor shop; the chain remained family run until 1969.
With a 20" circumference and a depth of 2.5", the hat is in very good condition, with some bead loss apparent on close inspection which does not detract from the overall presentation.
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Item ID: au471
Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: gold, black, blue, orange, magenta, green, Size: 20"
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