Adolfo II Black Felt Beret

  • $ 35.00
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Fun and versatile black felt beret from Adolfo II. Simple styling with a three layer edge that gives it a little more drama. Back elastic cord for secure fit. #Hat306


Fun and versatile black felt beret from Adolfo II. Simple styling with a three layer edge that gives it a little more drama. Back elastic cord for secure fit. #Hat306

SIZE: Hat Size: 21"; Outside Diameter: 10"; Height of Crown 2

Condition: Good, no tears, stains or rips.

Mark/Label: Adolfo II, Paris New York; Excello felt

Born Adolfo F. Sardina in Cuba in 1933. His mother died in childbirth. His wealthy aunt raised him and too him on shopping trips to Paris, where he met Balenciaga and Chanel, his aunt's favorite designers. Immigrated to New York in 1948. Worked at Bergdorf Goodman, but quit when the store refused to put his name on the labels. Apprentice milliner at Cristobal Balenciaga, Paris 1950-52. Designed hats as Adolfo of Emme 1951-58. Became chief designer for Emme in 1953. Won Coty Fashion Award, 1953, and Coty gave Adolfo a special award for millinery in 1955 and again in 1969. Established his own millinery salon in New York in 1962. His clients included the Duchess of Windsor and Nancy Reagan. Closed his salon in 1993, but continued to license. Mentioned and/or advertised in fashion magazines in 1950s and 1960s. Labels: Adolfo, Adolfo Realities, Adolfo II (bridge line), Pirouettes by Adolfo II (seen in 1970s hat).*


Photos copyright © 2017

*From The Hatatorium: An Essential Guide for Hat Collectors, 2nd Edition Copyright 2013, by Brenda Grantland & Mary Robak. The Hatatorium is the book on vintage hats for collectors, sellers and anyone else interested in hats. The ebook may be purchased here.


1. Pull a fabric tape measure or length of string around your head just slightly above the ear, across the mid-forehead, completely circling your head.

2. Hold the tape firmly, but not too tightly. You are measuring your head exactly
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3. If your measurement falls between sizes, choose the next largest size.



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