This is a woman’s lightweight straw hat made in a stylized fedora shape, unused and still with it’s original tag affixed to it. The hat is made with 100% hemp in a natural straw colour and is decorated with a white and black striped grosgrain band around the base of the crown. The crown is indented at the top - the indent still retains its original thread tie, another sign that the hat was unused. The hat is unlined. The opening measures 21” around, and the tag sizes it as a size 7. The original price was $25.
Age: 1960s / early 1970s
Label: Hats by Edward Mann - Always Making Fashion News - Made in England and shows a line drawing of a face under a diamond shaped hat.
Edward Mann was a London based milliner who was right in the middle of the 60s fashion revolution that was characterized by Carnaby Street. There is an iconic photograph of Patti Boyd and Celia Hammond wearing graphic printed helmet hats that one can view on the net. Edward Mann also was responsible for designing hats for Emma Peel (Diana Rigg) on the 60s television series “The Avengers”.
Condition: In unused condition - there is one very small brownish mark on the top of the crown, visible in the photo of the top. I haven’t tried to work on it, but it is very minor in any case. Otherwise, this is very crisp and clean.
This is an unused vintage hat by an influential 60s milliner - great summer hat!