A Proper Fedora
Sarah Bernhardt introduced the fedora to the world in 1882 when she played Princess Fedora on the American stage. Madame Bernhardt’s hat caused a fashion craze with women that lasted until the turn of the 20th century. During the 1920s, it crossed gender lines to become a staple for men that quickly gained iconic status, thanks to the likes of Humphrey Bogart, Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Tom Landry. Yestadt Millinery’s white fedora is known as the “boyfriend” hat, made of shantung straw with grosgrain detailing. The oxblood topper is a Panama straw boater whose classic shape and unusual color lend sophistication to a timeless appeal. “[My husband] Ahmet [Erkaya]’s Sunday ‘restaurateur-off-duty’ look is a T-shirt, cargo pants, and some sort of fedora hat,” says Anastasia Koutsioukis, co-owner of Mandolin Aegean Bistro. “He’s collected a few from our travels, and these would be great additions to his growing collection. There’s nothing sexier than a man in an old-school fedora.” Note to consider: Fedoras are unisex, so buy it for him, then borrow it back…. and if you can’t find it, check your daughter’s closet.