Navy blue straw beret with scallops or petal all around the edges. Low crown with attached thick face veiling. Interior is lined with a stiff net base and the standard petersham ribbon, along with side placement combs.
Beautiful condition, showing no wear or age.
Outer circumference is 26 1/2 inches.
It comes with the original price tag which was $79.50 in the 1950's. Also the L. S. Ayres hat box.
L. S. Ayres and Co. was an Indianapolis department store founded in 1872. Known for women's fashions and their Tea Room. Operated until 2006 at which time it was acquired by Macy's Midwest.
The information below is provided courtesy of the Vintage Fashion Guild Label Resource.
Hattie Carnegie (1889-1956) is very often associated with elegance and high fashion, and even her ready-to-wear and more casual clothing always had a touch of the elegant. Carnegie’s fashion philosophy is often summed up as the woman should wear the clothes, not the clothes wear the woman. In the beginning of her career she worked at various millinery establishments, and at Macy’s. But in 1909 she, along with friend Rose Roth, opened her own business, a tiny hat shop called “Carnegie – Ladies’ Hatter.” In 1919 Hattie bought Rose Roth’s share of the business, and Hattie Carnegie, Inc. was born. Until 1928, all the dresses at Hattie Carnegie were made to order, but in that year she started her first ready-to-wear line with Norman Norell as the designer. By this time, Hattie’s business had grown to be the size of a small department store. By the 1940's Carnegie’s store was actually a department store. There was a handbag shop, where a customer could order a bag to match an outfit or hat, the fur salon which was next to the Custom Salon, a millinery shop and a ready-to-wear hat shop, her jewelry department, an antique shop that sold furniture, china and glass, a cosmetic and perfumes department, the Jeune Fille shop which sold Spectator Sports and ready-to-wear from other design houses. Hattie Carnegie died in 1956 but her label continued until 1976 when the business closed.
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