Handmade natural straw hat. Long brim with raw untrimmed edge for full protection from the sun’s rays. Tall crown lets the cool breeze in. Made in New York with fair trade-sourced woven sisal straw. (
Designed and created by Brookes Boswell, a milliner trained in the tradition of New York hatmaking, this hat is made from hand woven sisal straw that is ethically sourced and fair trade certified. Boswell chose the sisal straw for its depth and dimension of color, as well as the subtle drape it creates on the wide brim of the hat. Inspired by traditional Amish hats, a tall crown welcomes the cool breeze to come wafting through on hot summer days.
To make the hats, Boswell takes finely woven Sisal straw and wets it. She blocks the crown on a vintage hatform, and leaves it to dry overnight. Next, the brim is blocked, and also left to dry. Boswell then stitches in a grosgrain ribbon around the crown to ensure that the hat keeps its shape. The sizing on this hat was custom developed for Kaufmann Mercantile.
Handle the hat by the brim to avoid bending and misshaping the crown. Keep hat dry and away from moisture. Please note that as these hats are handmade, slight variations are possible in the weave and size of the brim.
Iowa-born Brookes Boswell has a degree in architecture from the Cranbrook Academy in Michigan. During the 2009 recession, she began to train with an established Manhattan milliner who was a family friend. “I realized I began to be much more interested in hat making than in architecture and interior design,” Boswell relates. In 2012, she began her own line. “I wanted to create handmade items that are relevant in the contemporary fashion world,” Boswell explains of her production design and process. “I’m able to be flexible because I’m making everything myself.” Her hats are frequently featured in fashion spreads and articles in publications including Vogue and Women’s Wear Daily.
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