Posts tagged ‘hats’

April 28, 2011

Master Class: The hats of John Charles Koch

A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago,  John Koch has a solid background in design and construction of fashion accessories.  For over thirty-eight years he has taught glovemaking, millinery, handbag construction as well as corsetry and box-making.  In his Chicago studio, he has fashioned jewelry by a centuries-old process of creating beads from molten glass, called lampworking, using techniques similar to those of the glass artisans of Venice.   His work has been featured in Threads Magazine and at present is creating headpieces for the ladies of the court of the Texas Rose Festival, an annual event held for the past 85 years.  He is currently in the process of writing a second book on glove making.

His has taught at  The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College, University of North Texas  College of Arts and Design and The University of Wisconsin-Professional Theater Training Program, among others.

John Koch Montrose Studio, 1070 W. Berwyn Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60640.  Most hats are custom and by appointment.  Prices for the hats pictured range from $150 to $450.

April 26, 2011

A Fedora for the new hat explorer

With all the Royal wedding coverage and all the Phillip Treacy women’s hats you’ve been seeing everywhere, it’s easy to be left out as a guy. No longer. Leave those  baseball hats and those trucker hats  in the back of your closet and try on a straw fedora.

The best ones have a narrower brim than those of yore.  I’m partial to the Rag and Bone versions, but you can find them at every price, from Target on up.

Throw one on with a pair of jeans, a cardigan over a t-shirt and you’ll be oh so cool this summer!

Above, Banana Republic fedora, $45. Rag and Bone,$125 and $150, both @ Barneys New York and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Billy fedora, $49.95 @