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Luci Puci Hat, Natural Straw Breton, Polka Dot Hatband, Hat Size 20

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Stylish summer hat with fun polka dot hatband.
Approx. Hat Size: 20" (51 cm); Total Diameter: 12" (30.5 cm); Crown Height: 2" (5 cm); Width of brim: 2.5" (6...

  • Stylish summer hat with fun polka dot hatband.
    Approx. Hat Size: 20" (51 cm); Total Diameter: 12" (30.5 cm); Crown Height: 2" (5 cm); Width of brim: 2.5" (6 cm)
    Condition: Very Good
    Mark/Label: Luci Puci, Innes Wichita
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    • Shallow Breton hat from woven straw.
    • Lovely upturned brim.
    • Wide brown silk twisted hatband with white polka dots.
    • Two combs keep the hat in place.
    • Pink ribbon inside the crown.
    • The style makes us think of the hat in Madeline children's books.
    Lucy Puci (Loosey Poosey) was the brainchild of Lucylle Smith Gilbert who rose from apprentice to principal designer for Chicago based millinery company Lemington Inc. Gilbert designed hats for first ladies Mamie Eisenhower and Pat Nixon. Another loyal hat buyer was Carol Channing. In the company’s heyday, the company produced over 900 hats per day under various labels. Gilbert, famous for designing 10 – 15 different hat styles per day, had a very interesting way of working. Instead of sketching her ideas she drew inspiration from the materials on hand. Other labels by the company were Lemington and Sam Budwig. Lemington closed sometime in the late 1960s. Gilbert died in 1994 at the age of 86.
    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.
    Innes was a major department store in Wichita, Kansas.

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