Take a look at the featured hats that will be auctioned during the luncheon event on October 23. Bidding will take place live during the luncheon. Whether you are attending in-person or by Zoom you will be able to bid on each of the hats featured on this page.
“Made in Italy” this wool fedora expresses true excellence in craftsmanship, design, innovation, and creativity. Designers traveled across the world to work with the finest Italian artisans to create the Belfry Italia Gorizia, a classic fedora with a stunning modern twist. Made of 100% wool, the Gorizia dazzles with its bold plaid hatband that features glistening golden threads woven throughout. The unlined interior offers an inner band with a drawstring that can be adjusted for a custom fit. The Gorizia is an eye-catching accessory with plenty of Italian allure that will appeal to chic women everywhere and is modeled by Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.
This Belfry Joni has an engagingly charming look with plenty of vintage style, a unique fashion accessory for a summer sheath, or to top off a sleek linen suit. This lightweight and airy Toyo straw coachman is dyed a rich caramel color. The tall crown is surrounded by a wide three-inch deep wine-colored grosgrain ribbon hatband, black net veil studded with small pompoms. A hand-formed bow completes the look of this modern, small brim coachman-style hat. The unlined interior offers a grosgrain ribbon inner band with adjustable drawstring for a comfortable, custom fit, modeled by Ms. Joslyn Lindsay.
This classically elegant medium brim dress hat is a perfect choice to top off a summer dress or suit. Created of light weight sisal straw, (an environmentally sustainable material made from the Agave cactus plant), “Belfry Alma” features a textural woven look that contrasts with the satin-like, wide pleated ottoman hat band and bountiful bow. The asymmetrical brim gradually widening in the front with a slight upturn, frames the face beautifully. The unlined interior offers a grosgrain ribbon inner band and an adjustable drawstring for a custom fit. Belfry Alma is signed by the congresswoman and is modeled by her youngest grand-daughter, beautiful, cheerleader coach, 10th grader, Joslyn Lindsay.
Free Fallin Topp
“Free Fallin Topp” Made in New York City for Belfry by Cha Cha’s House of ill Repute. This silver top hat expresses elegance in creativity, craftsmanship, design, and innovation. Made of high quality woven Italian straw, this hat features a classic silhouette with a tall crown surrounded by a wide grosgrain brown ribbon hat band with a narrow twisted leather tie finished with a single side bow, grouped with turquoise and natural Peacock feathers. A curled turned up brim is trimmed with snake leather ribbon around the brim for a cohesive look. The unlined interior offers a grosgrain ribbon inner band for a comfortable fit. “Free Fallin Topp” adds a touch of classic whimsy to any spring or summer outfit is modeled by Joslyn Lindsay.
The Chapman fur felt fedora is part of our Handmade for Belfry Collection, which is an exclusive collaboration between the designers at Hats in the Belfry and Stetson, one of the finest hat makers in the world. This elegant fedora features a 1 ½-inch dark grey grosgrain ribbon hat band with a double bow, pleated crosspiece and removable feather. The 100% fur felt body is dyed a rich caribou color and is both water repellent and durable. The Chapman features a center dent crown, snap brim that may be worn up or down. A satin lined interior with a genuine cowhide leather inner band for a comfortable wearing experience. The Chapman model: Congressman Emanuel Cleaver.
This elegant rich read cloche is sassy and sophisticated chapeau features a high, rounded crown. A slightly beveled, tilted front crown covers a bit over the eyes view, is adorned with an extravagant side twist bow with two circular red petals secured with a black velvet center bow. Circling the extravagant red crown is a narrowly tailored velvet black band. Emeline is being worn by Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, Co-Chair, Congressional Democratic Women’s Caucus
The Reese modeled by Congressman Sanford Bishop is part of the Handmade for Belfry Collection and exclusive collaboration between the designers at Hats in the Belfry and Bollman Hat Company, one of the finest hat makers in the world. This American-made fedora sports a shorter brim with a classic center dent crown. A corded leather hatband surrounds the crown and is finished with two wide leather crosspieces. The lightweight wool used to craft this stingy brim fedora is soft, flexible, and maintains its shape, which makes it a great hat for travel. Pair this sporty fedora with all sorts of casual attire, for a modern finished look.
“Made in Italy, Fidenza expresses true excellence in craftsmanship, design, innovation, and creativity. Designers travel across the world to work with the finest Italian artisans to create this contemporary fedora with a striking color block design. Made of 100% wool, the eye-catching style makes a true fashion statement. The teardrop crown is surrounded by a thin self-fabric hat band and accented with the designer’s logo. The unlined interior offers an adjustable inner band with a drawstring for a custom fit of sophisticated Italian design at its finest. Modeled by Congressman Adam Schiff.
“Made in Italy” expresses excellence in creativity, craftsmanship, design, and innovation. Designers traveled across the globe to work with the finest Italian artisans to create the Belfry Imola, a dapper flat cap (sometimes referred to as a driver or ivy cap). Made of a lighter weight, high quality wool blend, the Imola will transition from fall to winter with ease. The Imola features a classic flat cap silhouette that is paired with a bold navy plaid pattern and accented with a black leather bill and trim. Fully lined, this eye-catching cap worn by Congressman Dan Kildee will transition from casual to dress-casual looks, with ease.
The Poppy Handmade Collection is an exclusive collaboration between the designers at Hats in the Belfry and Bollman Hat Company, one of the finest hat makers in the world. Handcrafted from 100% light wool felt, the “limited edition” wool gold fedora Poppy is a western-style fedora that is soft, durable, and retains its shape for travel ease. The modified teardrop crown is surrounded by a distressed leather hatband, finished with a braided accent and brass rivets. The wide brim is sewn with an under-welt edge and offers a moisture-absorbing German inner band. The Belfry Poppy is an exclusive design made in America modeled by Congresswoman Stacey Paskett.
Nola Contemporary Boater
This Italian Boater expresses excellence in creativity, craftsmanship, design, and innovation. For that reason, designers traveled to Florence, Italy, to work with highly skilled artisans at Tesi Hats, to create the Belfry Italia Nola. Made of high-quality polypropylene, the Nola is a classic boater/skimmer style, contemporary flair, flat crown of the Nola is surrounded by a wide, solid navy hat band, finished with a single bow. The unlined interior features a grosgrain ribbon inner band for a cool and comfortable wearing experience. This boater will add a great splash of color to most summer suits and is worn by Congressman Hakeem Jeffries.
This Morgan Toyo lavender straw is part of the Handmade Collection, which is an exclusive collaboration between the designers at Belfry and Biltmore Hat Company, one of the finest hat makers in the world. Designed and made in America, this modern flat brim fedora is made of finely woven Toyo paper braid straw that is both lightweight and breathably cool. The interior of the fashionable telescope crown features the classic Biltmore logo. The ocean blue grosgrain ribbon hatband features a contrasting crosspiece and a double kickback bow. The unlined interior offers a German inner band that wicks away moisture for a comfortable wearing experience, modeled by Congresswoman Alma Adams.
“Motherland” Inspired By Africa – A Fascinator Ensemble — Donated by Ellen Johnson, founder and CEO of Hats By Ellen, this festive fascinator features African print fabric of orange, green and brown embellished with a jewel crown, and includes a matching choker to create the ensemble. Modeling today is Bianca Bigelow
This “LuckyHat” made in Italy for “Hats in the Belfry” will bring an extra good luck charm to your wardrobe. The name “LuckyHat” is very heartwarming. In addition, knowing that it meets the high standards of quality required by “Hats in the Belfry” assures you of making a smart choice in selecting, purchasing, and wearing this handmade Italian hat. The medium brimmed black felt displays a pink and black bow on the left side that completes a circle of abstract colorful hand-painted biomorphic designs which encompass the base of the hat. In addition, this fedora flaunts stylish dents and curves in the center. Good luck! Walk proudly in your distinguished black felt, vividly decorated fedora being modeled by Tracee Weathersby.
Pleat Marie Fed
From Cha Cha’s House of Ill Repute, this wool sassy but stylish felt ruby red cloche worn by Congresswoman Debora Ross has a matching cloth band, with an oval overlap shaped across the front side. The turned down crown is recessed with a dip on top and a pinched pleat from the top of the crown to the band. The side is adorned with six tiny gun metal studs. Made in New York City for Hats in the Belfry, one of Alma’s favorite hat stores.
“Charlene” Donated by Charlotte’s own National recording star Anthony Hamilton, this wide wool brim custom made two-tone elegant topper and is the signature look of Anthony Hamilton. The tall black crown is contrasted by a light grey brim encircled with a cerulean blue narrow band, encased with a contrasting 10 inch blue and black side feather. Stylish sharp and debonair, it “Gets Personal”, signed by Anthony and is “Amazing”. Suited for dress or casual wear, it is modeled by Daryl Leake.
“New Black” Donated by Charlotte’s own National recording star, music man, Anthony Hamilton, is a light tan stylish geometric woven straw fedora, designed by hat maker Eric Javitz of New York. The indented crown and is adorned with an embroidered blue and white ban at the base of the crown. The brim which can be worn turned up or down has the repeat blue and white geometric pattern encircling the edge. This packable chapeau is signed by our music man himself and modeled by Jon Lampley
“Flossie” Donated by Dr. J, this wide brim Sunday dress light pink straw elegantly, sophisticated dressy hat is designed by Balfour Hats, London, England. It is an Emma B design showcasing a high beveled crown and a wide brim with a turned down side, encircled with an elegantly twisted series of looped bows toward the front. A wide matching straw band is captured around the crown’s base, with a matching pink cloth lacing around the base of the crown. Great for Sunday go to meeting or any event and is signed by Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi
Pink Devil From Cha Cha House of Ill Repute, this sassy pink woven straw top hat derby style is signed by Alma Adams and made in New York City. Pinched front pleat with side feathers swerving from the side. The band is ribbed with a side bow and a leather tie around the crown. Snake-skin accents the edges of the brim is being Modeled today by Bianca Bigelow.
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