This black hat is made of wool and has a large brim. There is a band around the base of the crown and a black petersham sweatband on the interior. This hat has a label that reads "Adolfo II, New York, Paris". There is also a stamp on the interior crown that reads "100% Wool, Excello".
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Adolfo Adolfo was a millinery that was founded by Adolfo Sardiña in 1963.
Adolfo Sardiña was born in 1933 in Cuba. He began his career as an apprentice for Balenciaga and later moved to New York to become an apprentice milliner at Bergdorf Goodman. In 1953 he became the head designer at Emme. There he received two awards for his designs: a Coty award in 1955 and a Neiman Marcus award in 1959. In 1962 Adolfo left Emme because he felt he was not getting recognition for his designers as his name was not on the labels. That same year he opened his own millinery house and created two lines. The first was Adolfo Réalités and the second was a less expensive line called Adolfo II. He designed the hats and they were produced by an outside company. Soon after the opening of his millinery, he began to design clothing to accompany his hats. By the mid-1960s he had clients such as the Duchess of Windsor, Jackie Kennedy, and Nancy Reagan. In 1993 he retired from designing.