1980s Wide Brim Straw Breton Hat by Frank Olive, Coordinating Hatpin

  • $ 245.00
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Gorgeous custom hat by Frank Olive. Wide brim straw breton with matching straw bow and large hat pin in the same colors. Straw is woven in two colors of brown....

Gorgeous custom hat by Frank Olive. Wide brim straw breton with matching straw bow and large hat pin in the same colors. Straw is woven in two colors of brown. This hat is an amazing work of art. 

Breton style which means a rounded or flat-crowned hat with a brim that turns up around the edges, originally worn by peasants in Brittany, a region in France.

HAT SIZE: 21"; Outside Diameter: 17"; Height of Crown 3"; Width of Brim: 4"

Condition: Very good

Mark/Label: Frank Olive Original.

This label was for one of a kind, custom hats designed by Olive.
*Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1929, Frank Olive studied at the Chicago Art Institute, where he started designing costumes. He moved to New York originally hoping to design for the theater. He worked for a while at Chanda and Emme before opening his first boutique Greenwich Village, where he designed hats for Seventh Avenue fashion houses and leading department stores. In 1971 he partnered with David Stein to establish Frank Olive's World. He was one of the foremost U.S. milliners from the 1950s through 1990s. His customers included Carol Burnett, Diana Ross and Peggy Lee. He died in New York in 1995 at age 66.




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*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.


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