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Made in LA- Custom Hats

As Southern Californians, let’s all  tip our hats to California Chrome  who might just show the world that a horse  from the  town of the stinky cows  has a chance at being the first California horse EVER to win the U.S. Triple Crown!  California Chrome’s win at the Kentucky Derby on May 3rd made him the only California horse to take the Kentucky Derby since 1962 –and the others were all the way back  in 1955 and 1922.  California Chrome’s next race is the 139th  Preakness Stakes on May 17th which will be the 6th race in his 5 race winning streak.

Did I say, “Tip our hats?”  What image better says “Race Day” than an undulation of remarkable hats?   Yes–it’s time to celebrate with a hat! So to honor California Chrome’s Derby win and his prospects for the future,  I headed straight to CLADE, Maya Reynolds’ downtown menswear store at 600 S. Spring Street, knowing that  Los Angeles milliner extraordinaire (Azita) Ariane  Azarpira  would be there this past Thursday night during  the monthly Downtown Art Walk. (Yes I know, it’s Saturday and I’m a day late on my Friday post!)

Owner/ designer  Maya is a big collector/ wearer of Ariane’s hats and she introduced a men’s hat line to compliment her expressive menswear collections for clients that include musicians, artists, actors and others who don’t have to conform to tradition.  And  now  Maya has added a  few women’s pieces into her shop, which is akin to a Victorian- era closet on steroids.    Happily, I discovered  that Ariane brought all her new spring/ summer women’s hat creations to  CLADE for Art Walk night.  With wine to  sip and cheese to nibble on–the men  make quick decisions while the women turn the minutes into hours of exploring their alter-egos.

I think there’s something about a hat that makes a statement about the mood of its wearer, festive, intellectual, sporty, brooding, whimsical, hip, mysterious, edgy, or, in some cases, just plain goofy.  Sometimes you’ll hear someone say, “I just don’t look good in hats.” I think the truth of the matter is you have to be willing to explore your personality with no preconceived ideas.  While California Chrome pursues the Triple Crown,   I invite you to sip a mint julep read California Chrome’s Wikipedia story to find out what DAP  really means on the silks of California Chrome’s jockey, Victor Espinoza–and pursue your own crowning moment with a new summer hat!

And for the first 25 people that:

1) Comment below by telling me what hat you think I bought and which other one you think I should buy                                                                      AND                                                                                                                                             2) You’ve subscribed to my blog

You’ll be invited to a hat party at our Downtown L.A. loft with Ariane to personally find the perfect hat for you!  The choices are (these are just a few of the many that Ariane has created):

1) The Diane Keaton

Diane Keaton hatBlack western style
Purple velvet trim

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) The Wild West

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) The Purple Velvet

 

 

 

 

 

4) The Multi-Stripemulti-colored stripe fedora

 

 

 

 

 

 

5) The Summer FloppySummer Floppy Hat

 

 

 

 

 

 

6) The  Hand Painted FloralThe hand painted floral

 

 

 

 

 

7) Ariane and me with a white            Panama fedora

Ariane and me at CLADE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hats are like friends–you make an instant connection…and you rarely have just one!   Be one of the lucky ones to come to our hat party with the  gorgeous, gracious and amazingly talented  Ariane who will  help you find that perfect hat for your personal summertime style-and she’ll show you just how to wear it, too! So let me know your favorites and don’t forget to subscribe to the blog to get on the invite list.