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1776Forever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-30-09 06:05 PM
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12. It was a huge hit in the UK and it helped the man who created it get loads of orders from there!
Edited on Fri Jan-30-09 06:07 PM by 1776Forever
Making him one happy "mad" hatter!


We make the world's best hats, so why don't we wear them?
British women should emulate Aretha Franklin and don magnificent head-gear, says Vicki Woods.
By Vicki Woods
23 Jan 2009

Following the Inauguration of Hope and Rapture, my friend in Oxford emailed: "Singular absence of hats only Aretha Franklin. Why would that be?" In haste, I replied: "Singular absence of milliners/Ascot/royal funerals. Americans aren't hatty people." Which they aren't, in general: Laura Bush, on protocol duty for the Queen Mother's funeral, very properly wore a hat, but it was a schoolgirl Gigi straw boater jammed on her head, and deeply unflattering.

I'd forgotten there is a demographic of hatty people in America millions strong. The matriarchs who pack out the gospel churches always wear the full fig (hats, gloves, best coats). And, of course, it was a church hat Franklin wore, out of R-E-S-P-E-C-T for a pretty churchy occasion.

So, I was wrong about the absence of milliners. The Queen of Soul is from Detroit; and so is her hatter Luke Song, who runs the business (started by his Korean-immigrant mother) for a clientele of "90 per cent churchgoing African-American women". He made Aretha's grey felt cloche with the hugely oversized bow for about $400 (290); I thought she looked fabulous in it and I wasn't alone. Almost as soon as My Country 'Tis of Thee died away, Song was hit by a Diana wedding-dress-style tsunami and he's rushing out lookalikes (for $179) and buying up all the felt he can find. He told the Detroit Free Press that, "people are calling from England, asking for the hat, I'm shocked".


Now that is really good news for the happy "hatter" of Detroit!
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