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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

Clothing Accessories
Clothing and Accessories
Women's Clothing
Headwear ➔ Hat

Identifier:
194906
Description:
This black hat is made of velvet and has red circles around the outside edges. The red circles are trimmed in braid and there is black net around the edges as well. This hat has a green sequin on the back which was the signature for designer Archie Eason. One of his labels can be seen on the silk interior. 
Date:
circa 1960
Materials:
Velvet, Braid, Net, Silk
Dimensions:
5"" h 7.5"" w 8.5"" d
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Source:
Gift Of Dr. And Mrs. William L. Heimstra
Rights:

Makers/Donors
Archie Eason
Archie Eason was a milliner who began his career as a stock boy for Cohen Brothers Department Store in Jacksonville, Florida in the early 1950s. He was promoted to the millinery department and began creating hats out of loofah, a tropical vine fruit that was heavily produced in Florida. By 1958, Eason was signing his hats with a single green sequin at the back. His hats were sold in 47 cities and he never sent more than one hat to each retailer. This was to ensure that no woman would be caught wearing the same hat as someone else. In 1960, Eason moved to New York and began making hats for designers on Seventh Avenue such as George Stavropoulos and Donald Brooks. He later launched a line in 1966 directed for girls between the ages of 4 to 16 called "Archie Baby" but it failed to take off. 

Dr. and Mrs. William L. Hiemstra
Related Place
Grand Rapids
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