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.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
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.
ARTS DISTRICT - LOS ANGELES
300 S Santa Fe Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90013
MISSION DISTRICT - SAN FRANCISCO
365 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94103
THE BEST PART IS BOTH THESE NEIGHBORHOODS ARE MY OLD STOMPING GROUNDS. I HAD AN OFFICE ON SANTA FE IN THE ARTS DISTRICT OF LA FROM 2010-2012, AND I MET MY HUSBAND OFF VALENCIA STREET IN SAN FRANCISCO IN 2014, SO PLEASE WEAR MY HATS ON THESE STREETS!
ALL OF NOVEMBER, YA HEARD?
PLUS I WILL BE MAKING A PERSONAL APPEARANCE IN LA ON THE 10TH SO COME SAY HI.
This summer I hinted of my hats with more Georgia O'Keeffe exhibitions and this month it's finally happening! The beautiful exhibition, Georgia O'Keeffe: Art, Image, Style that was at the Brooklyn Museum last spring has made its rounds to Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.
This exhibition is particularly special to me, because it focuses on O'Keeffe's personal style, and a few of my hat styles were selected to sell in the gift shop to allow visitors inspired by her style to take home a piece of the show. I take it as a huge compliment that my hats are being recognized as fitting with O'Keeffe's personal style, since she's such a female icon.
Anyway, if you're in New England, please go by and check out the exhibition, it's well worth it.
On view December 16, 2017 – April 1, 2018
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.