Women wore hats daily in the 1950s which is why there was so much variety in shapes, sizes, and fabrics for every time of the day and occasion. This black velvet ribbon fascinator with netting is significant because it was made in Grand Rapids by local mid-twentieth century milliner Leocadia Jones who was known for her fashionable styling of hats. The Grand Rapids Public Museum collection includes other hats by Jones.
Leocadia Jones Leocadia Jones was born in 1892 and was a prominent hatmaker in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She started her business at Friedman-Spring Dry Good Company in 1925 and a year later she opened her own shop at 24 Sheldon Avenue Southeast. In 1927 Leocadia's shop moved to 8 Jefferson Ave Southeast. She stayed in business until 1956 when her husband, John Jones, passed away. Leocadia and John had a daughter Margaret who was born in 1923. Leocadia passed away on October 20th, 1961.