Feb 7, 2010
A wonderful straw hat sold for $345 at Antique Dress:
Laddie Northridge was a well-known hat designer whose hats were in the most fashionable shops, and also his own boutique shop at 16 West 57th Street, New York (near Henri Bendel). http://www.antiquedress.com/galleryhats2.htm
Then another google search shows us his hats even made it to the White House for Mamie Eisenhower:
A wonderful peach with feathers Laddie was among the hat, glove, shoes & picture that went at auction for over $1,000 in May 2009.
The article in 1950 was very favorable for the hats he was showing that season:
The New York Times: January 12, 1950,
SPRING LINE FAVORS THE SHALLOW HAT; Laddie Northridge Collection Includes Many Shades of Natural Straw Bottom of Form.
Thirty-odd years of expert millinery design shone through the Laddie Northridge spring collection yesterday at 1 West Fiftyseventh Street. Here was the workmanship, the mastery of color, the exquisite blendings and combniations for which this designer is so well known.
This week’s vintage hat is a Laddie Northridge from the Linda Feigenhiemer collection. It was sold for a song. One has to wonder if the bow is upside down, or just a creative touch.
Have a lovely 38th day of 2010.