ISSUE 88  |  Low-Key Fashion

Slow Fashion: Haute Handmade Hats from New York

September 05, 2013 5:00 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

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There is something about a hat that instantly transforms the everyday to a slightly elevated look (just look at Georgia O’Keeffe). Designer Dani Griffiths of Clyde, an accessories label based out of New York, was inspired by the regal artist when she launched her own collection.

Originally from Vancouver and of Welsh descent, Griffiths took to crocheting at an early age, and at different periods in her life would knit woolen accessories for herself. Today, Griffiths’ relationship with wool has evolved into tailored, sculptural headwear most often made from pure felted angora. A proponent of slow fashion, Griffiths hand-forms each piece herself in limited runs. For more information, see the interview with Giffiths on Domahoka and visit Clyde online.

Above: The Brim Flat Top Hat with Neckshade has a detachable cotton neck shade that can be tied, wrapped, or left loose for $248. The hat is also available in black straw for the same price at Clyde.

Above: Last of summer stock, the Lace Straw Hat is an oversized fit measuring a little over 22 inches in circumference and woven from 100 percent straw. The hat is currently on sale for $97 at Assembly New York.

Above: The Fold Hat in Olive is wide brimmed and the fold can be left in the back or popped in the front; made of 100 percent angora felt for $294.

Above: Combining two techniques in one hat, the Lynot Hat is made from a fur felt crown with a straw brim for multi-season wear. Available in white and natural (shown), yellow and natural, and slate and black for $284 each.

Above: A still of Dani Griffiths from Domahoka’s video interview.

Looking for more style inspiration? See all our posts on subjects ranging from Artists Smocks to Porteur-Style Bicycles in the Personal Style section of our archive.