A classic vintage style, a marvelous, luxurious and very chic French Beret in sumptuous pure silk ivory velvet touched with handsewn antique lace motifs and beadwork. SO versatile, fashionable and comfortable, and unlike some other styles, the beret/tam style looks good on everybody, female or male! Like all of my hats, this one is exquisitely hand made from authentic vintage patterns, absolutely breathtaking pure silk materials and lavish trimmings....yet so wearable and chic today.... Just a perfect hat for any dress-up event, 1920s style tea or Art Deco party or a wedding.....and, this hat is especially wonderful for the chemo patient as it fits closely to the head and looks soooo feminine and glamorous....everyone will ask "WHERE did you get that hat, it's so gorgeous!" Made to order just for you!
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I love antique and vintage clothing and have collected it for years, as well as having a longtime design career including doing costume & restoration work for major movie studios and museums....Am now translating that love to my own contemporary creations and using all the fine extraordinary antique and vintage materials, laces, trims, beads etc that I've collected for more than 30 years in these wonderful wearable pieces....along with the finest of hand sewing and one of a kind details. Everything I create is individually hand made solely by me and has the very best of my carefully hoarded private stash of superb old accents (I use ONLY vintage materials that are in pristine condition---no deteriorating, too-aged or rotting pieces EVER) plus the finest of modern silks, cottons and wools that I can find.....resulting in a fabulous truly authentic vintage look piece. Impeccable professional workmanship and design are the hallmarks here...
This exquisite beret/tam is made of substantial and VERY rich pure silk velvet that has wonderful, luxurious silky feel, sheen and crisp body---you can shape this hat in any way you choose and it'll stay in place.....perfect for a beret style which can be worn lots of ways. This is my very finest silk velvet and cost over $300 a yard--it is a primo, sold "to the trade only" fabric---I've kept it for years not wanting to cut into it and decided to finally create this delicious little beauty with it..... To this elegant base I've added accents of all-handsewn genuine antique lace appliques along one side--these are fantastic 3-dimensional pieces featuring small cascades of grapes or berries and leaves; I then sprinkled handsewn tiny pearl glass beads all around the appliques giving the beret an elegant feeling......so chic and so French! The fabric of this wonderful hat is just shimmeringly exquisite, the beautiful accents make this piece look extraordinarily vintage and ALL of the exterior decoration including the individual decorative elements, are painstakingly sewn on by hand, just as in the "old days".....I'm a stickler for primo "old school" workmanship! Fully lined in finest pure silk.....This one is a medium size and made from VERY choice rare materials in my collection.... So perfect for someone who has undergone chemo too, as this is a super comfortable hat and can cover the entire head....I think everyone has the right to be beautiful--- and this would be a great gift for someone who needs that little lift and to feel so pretty....Also a great piece for anyone to wear to a Great Gatsby, Downton Abbey or Art Deco vintage themed event :-) Berets are such a truly wearable, wonderful style and since they generally pack flat, it's easy to take them anywhere!
Please make sure you carefully note proper head measurements: this is a MADE TO ORDER hat which will fit up-to-medium sizes, it measures exactly 23" inner circumference so I would say up to a size 22.5" head could wear this, any larger than that and it would probably be too tight for real comfort, I have a 22.5 size head and this fits me snugly and exactly with no "wiggle room"....if you have a small head and your hair is flat, this might be somewhat loose on you so make sure of your requirement before purchasing....my mannequin has a 22" head but very thick, fluffy hair, so do keep that in mind. PLEASE NOTE that these hats are NOT adjustable, alterable or returnable so please do know your exact requirement before purchasing as there are no refunds or returns. To take your head measurement: use a tape measure crossed over the forehead and just above the ears around the largest part of the head. Half an inch in head size CAN make a difference so please, make sure you have exact size requirements in hand before you buy. Also, please do read my shop policies/shipping info in full BEFORE you purchase (click on "policies" on my main shop page).
All hat shipping is BOXED and trackable USPS Mail including overseas; and there are no returns or exchanges on headwear!
Please check my other listings for more hats, accessories & fabulous jewelry, as well as gorgeous hand embroidered decor pieces---I try to list new items at least bi-weekly....always a great selection of handmade vintage and antique inspired beauties. Thanks for visiting!
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