For the practical and the dramatic, Alpargatas offers full sun protection and a little fun. Made from an ultra-flexible woven raffia, the Alpargatas has a bucket crown that sits slightly higher on the head than a conventionally fitting hat. The brim is top-stitched and has a fringed edge. A long grosgrain ribbon is threaded through eyelets to serve as a chin tie. Knot it under your left ear for a chic touch, or just let the hat hang nonchalantly down your back like a ’40s señorita! Color: Natural raffia with black ribbon. Handmade in Brooklyn, New York in the Lola Hats Bushwick studio.
One Size: Medium 22 1/2”, Crown Height: 3 ½”, Brim: Approx 7 ½”
About the process and craft:
Lola Ehrlich began making specialty and one-of-kind hats in the late 1980s out of her eponymous studio on St. Marks Place in New York's East Village. She continues to make each hat by hand with a team of milliners in her studio in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. Lola Hats are made with vintage or new blocks handcrafted by an Italian artisan based in Paris. Each hat is stretched on a block and then steamed and pressed by hand. The same level of attention goes into trims, which are sew on by hand and adapted to the individual hat.