As a California native, I never knew how much the majority of the world earns summer until I moved to New York. And now I can gladly say: NYC, we made it through winter, and not only that, but spring is over and we can rejoice because it’s summer! Praise Jah.
Of course with summer, comes the dreaded sun, but don’t worry, hats offer added sun protection, so we’ve got you covered. And fortunately, Bagtazo makes straw hats that won’t remind you of landscapers, dads or life guards. (But hello, thank you landscapers, dads and life guards).
Following our recent spring shop in Nolita, here is a roundup of NYC’s fav options:
Yes, these are pricey, and that’s because they’re handmade by a master straw sewer in New York. But if you love the look but want something that’s not an investment piece, we also have affordable styles that literally look good on everyone:
And for all you self-proclaimed “non hat people,” who really want to wear hats and just don’t know how, here are a few tips:
• You can wear hats either straight on, at the back of your head, or go Alicia Keys and tilt that shit
• FTR a 3” brim is considered slightly wide, so anything wider is def a look. So for anyone who wants an entry level hat, we recommend the affordable hats above as a good starter piece
• Wear your hat to a weekend day thing like a park gathering to start. You won’t feel ridiculous because you’re out in the sun and literally need a hat. After which, you’ll prob fall in love and stop telling a hat designer that you feel ridiculous in hats. Hello, they’re actually useful, not just like a fashion thing, happy to have you in our camp now.
• If you didn’t catch that wearing hats to weddings is a def yes from the royal wedding, it is; as is wearing hats to baby showers, bridal showers, all garden parties, BBQs, children’s birthday parties, honestly anywhere you want to look cute and not get sun damage. And please, don’t feel like you have to wear crazy fascinators, you can totes just wear a normal hat, it’s 2019.
• Also please note that hats are a must at drag parties.
But if you’re going to be super active (like ride a bike, a horse), or maybe you’re going to a wedding on a breezy beach, we also have hats with straps. And I know you didn’t ask, but Bagtazo started making hats with straps and then worked backwards to strapless hats from there after I moved to San Francisco (a v windy place), because I’m a hat girl and was sick of my hat flying off with gusts of wind, so these are road tested and totally work.
So here’s hat styles you can wear during such situations:
And if it’s a night thing or a thing where you’re not worried about sun but are worried about your hat flying off because you’re short and whenever someone hugs you, your hat flies off (speaking for myself here), we have hats with milliner’s elastic meant to be worn at the back of your head (under your hair) that hold the hat in place:
But also, just know that any hat can be pressed down til it’s snug so that it doesn’t go flying when you’re walking fast or a light breeze catches. It covers your eyes really well worn like that, so it’s also great when you’re walking in midtown trying to dodge tourists (why is the garment district combined with the tourist district, please someone tell me).
Ok, and last thing you all ask: what about traveling with a hat? Well, you have options, first being just wear your hat on the plane. I do it literally every flight (sometimes I wear 3 at once so don’t tell me it’s hard). Your second option is to pack it upside down and stuff clothes in it and all around it. But please note, we very much do not recommend this for anything with a brim wider than 3.”
The main reason we don’t make truly packable hats is because we make very structured hats that have very distinct shapes. We are not where you’ll get a floppy hat, we are where you’ll get a graphic hat with a cool shape. So it’s not possible to make a packable hat. (But I will admit that the Anglais are packable, I just hate curved brims and after folding it in half and rolling it up, your brim will curve over time - which can be fixed with books on the brim overnight, but you heard it here first, we keep this a secret because the more you fold and roll, the less structured your beautiful hat will become).
But guess what?! We did make a hat that literally rolls up. It’s our roll up visor and it rules because it’s for non-committal hat days where you want to cover your face but don’t want to wear a hat all day. You’re welcome.
Our Liv & Bibi Garden Hats were named after the main characters in Ingmar Bergman’s Persona. Liv Ullmann played the vampire character Elisabeth Vogler and Bibi Andersson played Alma, a young nurse who cares for Ullmann.
If you haven’t watched it, and can bear psychological horror films, I highly recommend for the imagery and fashion inspiration alone.
As I was designing my SS19 collection, I was reacting to society’s internet personas, so I decided to make big, boisterous hats to fit the internet presence our peers have, so it only made sense to also make two hats in homage to the film Persona while I was at it. Being someone who doesn’t always love to wear natural or bleach colored straw hats, I added in black straw options for recovering goths like myself, (or current goths, Diane Keaton, I see you), two of which are very much in homage to Elisabeth Vogler and her nurse Alma.
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Our Pallenberg Hat is named after Anita Pallenberg, an “it-girl” of the 1960s-70s who continued to be a fixture in the New York and London socialite scene throughout her lifetime, gracing many parties and events while wearing a hat.
Pallenberg was a model and actress, working in Germany, London, New York and Paris. She was born in Rome to a German mother and an Italian-French father. She spoke 4 languages by the time she was a teen. In 1965 Pallenberg became the girlfriend of Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones before the Stones became famous. The two met while she was modeling in Munich and the Stones were on tour. But as the years went by, and Jones became reportedly abusive, Pallenberg found respite with Keith Richards, who she eventually had a 14 year relationship with.
Personally, I don’t usually romanticize the 1960s and 70s, and especially don’t glorify the excess and drug use; but from a fashion standpoint, Pallenberg was much more than an average “groupie” of the time. She had a career before she met the Stones, participated in theatre, and was very much a fashion icon until her death in 2017.
Throughout her lifetime, Pallenberg often wore ostentatious hats, and was almost never seen in public without one, so she most definitely deserves a Bagtazo hat named after her, and what better than one of our most subtly outrageous pieces.
Our Pallenberg is a modern take on a traditional western, with the early cowboy style sloped, pinched crown, but a super flat brim so you don’t feel like you’re in costume.
A lot of times, I assign a “working name” to our hats during the design process before I finalize the style names you see. This particular hat’s working name was the Vaquera, meaning cowgirl in Spanish. But the more I looked at it, the more I saw it as a good unisex hat that nodded to the fashion of the 60s and 70s. After explaining this vision to my friend Rose, an aficionado on all things 1960s/70s, she suggested Anita Pallenberg. And after reviewing her style over the years, I totally agreed.
View our entire Pinboard on Anita Pallenberg’s hat style here
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Many images pulled from The Cut: The Anita Pallenberg Look Book
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FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH OF NOVEMBER YOU CAN TRY ON HATS IRL AT VOYAGER SHOP IN LA AND SF!
IF YOU DON’T ALREADY LOVE VOYAGER, YOU’RE GOING TO. THEY CARRY AMAZING BRANDS AND HAVE AN ASSORTMENT OF APPAREL, ACCESSORIES, AND HOME GOODS THAT’LL HELP YOU ACHIEVE NEW MINIMAL-CHIC HEIGHTS. I LOVE HOPE STOCKHOLM AND COULD NEVER FIND IT ANYWHERE (IN THE DAYS BEFORE INTERNET SHOPPING), BUT COULD ALWAYS TRUST THAT ON MY SF TRIPS I COULD SCORE A PIECE AT VOYAGER SHOP. NOW YOU CAN SCORE BAGTAZO THERE TOO.
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I'm pretty excited to share that I am now a contributing writer to Women and Film, a community and exploration of female directed films and representations of women in media.
We've started by taking a few of the articles I've written on Bagtazo's Periodical, and we will continue to re-post relevant articles from the Periodical on Women and Film. I'm pretty excited because the site is such a cool concept, and I get to reach a new audience with my work.
If you haven't already read my article on Meredith Monk, you can check out the reposting here.
Bagtazo's Periodical is an art history blog that I maintain somewhat as an exercise to help me through the design process, and to also help me deal with a lot of the angst I have towards the fashion industry and trends. I studied Visual Anthropology at USC, so it's great that my education has come full-circle and now some of my articles will be posted on a film-centric site.
Please subscribe to my periodical if you're into art history, and be sure to follow Women and Film on Instagram. You can also subscribe to Women and Film to receive updates by following this link and scrolling to the bottom of the page.
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THE QUEEN: GRACE JONES
Maybe you already know that I love Grace Jones. To me, Grace is the queen of fashion.
A few days ago as we were testing out where to set up the projector in our new apartment, I put on videos of Grace. We love watching old TV, so we started watching her interviews, and I stumbled upon one that stuck with me.
So, here's a video of Grace Jones talking about gender neutrality and smashing the patriarchy before we had the modern words we use today. (Specfically at 6:28). Out of all the interviews we watched, I thought this interviewer was among the best. Unlike the other interviewers (with the exception of goddess joan rivers), He really did his research and shows no sign of intimidation or judgement.
Language has become quite complex with regards gender these days, but within my lifetime, we didn't have terms that could easily explain these ideas because they were still being created. Language has always interested me for this reason. Imagine how simple concepts were in ancient Rome before they implemented word order. in this video, Grace is able to explain herself before society could even pallet her ideas, before society even had words for the concepts she's describing.
all hail queen grace
WILDER HATS WITH GEORGIA O'KEEFFEE – ARE YOU FOR REAL?!
It's a huge honor to have my work be associated with O'Keeffe, her work has made such an impact on me.
If you're in the area and haven't visited the show, I highly suggest it! The retrospective made its only North American stop at AGO, so it's extra special.
I've loved seeing people's selfies wearing the hats as well, so please keep them coming. Also keep posted for other Bagtazo hats showing up along side O'Keeffe exhibitions throughout the US this year. I'll reveal the details as soon as I can!
Until then, enjoy the summer.
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