A delightful weekend visit with Raymond Hudd included some time discussing hats, looking at hats, assessing hats, making hat trim under his watchful eye, playing with hat supplies, and more time discussing hat history. That’s fun for some of us.
One delightful part of a conversation was about the years Raymond had his shop open on Clark in Chicago, and worked on his collection to be sold in major Chicago department stores. Wiebolt’s had a collection, and an ad from that era tells us he was still big into feathers.
The golden historical tidbit was that his hats were for sale at Saks Fifth Ave in Chicago. While he and his friend Iris talked about that adventure she recalled he was fine with the location, but chose not to make the same hat to be sold in each store. The artist does not duplicate his work, and so it was the supply to Saks came to an end. Anyone out there have one of the Hudd hats from Saks? PLEASE let us know, as it would be a wonderful photo to add to the building biography of Raymond.
Did I mention Raymond loved to work with feathers? Last fall when talking about a “Spring 2011” collection he mentioned he would love to work with feathers. And here he is with the biggest, best vintage feather for his inspection. And it passed inspection with a smile.
Now it is time to put that feather on the BIG hat and have some more hat fun. Can’t wait to take the hat back to MI for a visit. Making that hat is what is planned for fun during the Kentucky Derby. It’s BIG enough!
Plus a BIG thanks to Iris Sholder, Raymond’s friend, for the photos on May 1, 2011. The best May Day ever.
Happy ???Day of 2011!