This is a Leopard Print Bellboy Hat. This bellboy shape hat has been made using a pure wool felt in a leopard print. Black Petersham trim wraps around the edge of the cap to create a neat finish. The gold bronze and black flowers that adorn the side of the hat are made from Ostrich feathers plumes.
This leopard print bellboy hat can be worn any way you like. To the front. To the back or tilted to either side. The positioning of the feathers is up to you. There is no wrong or right way to wear it. This is in line with the simplistic versatility of the bellboy cap. It is attached to your head by an elastic that sits at the back of your head out of view. It has an 18cm diameter and a 5cm Crown height.
The expression bellboy hat is derived from the hat shape commonly used by bellboys at hotels in the 20s,30s and 40s. It was a hat shape originally used by the military during the nineteenth century. The hat style became popular with women in the 30s and 40s as it is very easy to wear and to embellish with appliqué, flowers, veils and other trimmings.
With the use of a leopard print and the adorning Ostrich feather plumes it is easy to see how this simple bellboy cap shape has been elevated to an elegant cocktail hat for any occasion. The Ostrich feather plumes in this case are beautifully understated. For an interesting read on the use of Ostrich feather plumes in Millinery see https://americanhistory.si.edu
This bellboy cap shape can be made in any colours, materials and appliqué of your choice. There are endless possibilities. It’s the ultimate versatile hat. Contact Wendy at firstname.lastname@example.org or +61416310028 to discuss a special piece to match your outfit or occasion.
We do not accept returns on made to order pieces.