ALL ABOUT THE HAT: Bailey’s Guide for your Halloween Getup

Which hat will you wear for Halloween? Don’t know…let Bailey help

The Mountain Hat

Every year people seem to get a kick out of dressing up as celebrities but this year we have a whole new type of option. Pharrell Williams signature “mountain hat” is the only thing you need to look the part this Halloween. The hat was worn by Pharrell Williams to the Grammy Awards this past January. It has become so famous that it is now a part of national history; you can see it on display at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. It was designed by the famous Vivienne Westwood in the early 1980’s while she was working for the manager of the Sex Pistols.


Western Hats

It seems that every child has wanted to be a cowboy or cowgirl for Halloween and some of us carry this desire into adulthood. 12 or 45 yrs old, man or women, Baileyhats.com has hundreds of options to complete your look western look. Inspiration can be taken from Rick Grimes of AMC’s The Walking Dead, Quentin Tarantino’s Django, or Woody and Jessie of Pixar’s Toy Story.toystory

Jessie and Woody from Toy Story


Click to purchase Bailey’s version of Woody or Bailey’s Jessie

Top Hats

In looking back though history, it becomes apparent that the Top Hat has certainly held its own. For hundreds of years it has found its way atop many influential and famous heads. “Be excellent” and “party on” as our US President, Abraham Lincoln. Strap a belt on your top hat and pretend to be in Paradise City like guitarist Slash of Guns N’ Roses. Dazzle the audience by pulling a rabbit from your top hat as a Magician. Mix a top hat with color and eat some sweets as Willy Wonka. Let your imagination run wild and let the party begin!


Madrake the Magician. Click to purchase Bailey’s Ice

The Fedora

The unmistakable styling of the fedora hat can easily bring about metamorphosis letting you be the king of pop, Michael Jackson to a globe-trotting adventurer, Indiana Jones. Charm the ladies as Madison Avenue ad man, Don Draper. Looking to scare your friends? Pop on a brown fedora and become nightmarish character Freddy Krueger of the Nightmare on Elm Street film franchise. There are hundreds of fantastic costumes that can be made with the addition of a fedora which makes it this years top pick for your Halloween night out

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Don Draper in the Fedora- Click to purchase Bailey’s Draper


HOLLYWOOD: NYC Guide for the Bailey Man

The New York Yacht Club
37 West 44th Street
The New York Yacht Club is a private social club and yacht club based in New York City. Nine prominent sportsmen founded it in 1844. The organization has over 3,000 members. Its primary clubhouse is a six-storied Beaux-Arts landmark with a nautical-themed limestone façade.

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Clean Up
Original Kiehl’s Shop
109 Third Ave
New York, NY 10003
Originally founded in 1851 as Brunswick Apotheke, Kiehl’s specializes in making premium skin, hair, and body care products for men and women.

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Bollman Hat Company
411 5th ave
New York, NY 10016
Founded in 1868, The Bollman Hat Company is a world leading designer of men’s and women’s headwear and accessories. The Bollman Group produces such brands as Bailey®, Betmar®, Country Gentleman®, Helen Kaminski®, KANGOL®, and PANTROPIC. Bollman’s hats have been worn by Hollywood actors from Humphrey Bogart to Fred Astaire and from Samuel L. Jackson to Nicole Kidman; musicians from Run DMC to Eminem and from Pete Townsend to Ne-Yo; athletes from Michael Jordan to Donovan McNabb and from Chi Chi Rodriguez to Jimmy Rollins. Bollman products can be found worldwide and Baileyhats.com.


PJ Clarke’s
915 Third Avenue
It is the quintessential New York American Irish bar and has been serving guests since 1885. The fact that Frank Sinatra and Richard Harris were once regulars is testament that it is a place for great drinkers, and Nat King Cole was a fan of the trademark burger that gets many accolades to this day.


Get Your Sunday Grub
Katz’s Delicatessen
205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002
(212) 254-2246
Katz’s Deli has maintained the tradition of quality makes them the beloved deli among the immigrants who crowded into the Lower East Side one hundred years ago. During its peak the restaurant was forever filled with actors, singers and comedians from the many theaters on 2nd Avenue, the walls are still lined with photos of their famous customers. Try their famous frank and beans!


Party Time
Jane Hotel
113 Jane Street
New York, NY 10014
Originally built as a hotel for sailors with cabin-like rooms this NYC hot spot also housed the survivors of the Titanic. Today it serves as one of New York’s hot nightspots with its quirky accents such as carved moose heads, stuffed monkey bellhops and a tattered disco ball.  The drinks menu contains ambitiously named specialty cocktails like the Alfonso, the Punjab, and the Orient Express. The rooms are small and serve as podlike quarters for guests, with limited, but modern, amenities like free Wi-Fi and iPod dock.

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Primp Yourself
Paul Mole Barber Shop
1031 Lexington Ave at 74th Manhattan, NY
Best known for its precise straight-edged razor shaves, this nostalgic barbershop has been grooming men since 1913. Each of the eight barbers have been on the Paul Mole staff for years and have a few stories to tell–ask them about former clients like Lionel Barrymore and John McEnroe.


Bergdorf Goodman’s
754 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019
(212) 753-7300
Bergdorf Goodman’s was founded in 1899 and its main store is located at 754 5th Ave.  With 16,000 visitors per month, the store has become a fashion haven for the super elite and the fashion obsessed. It has been featured in many films and recently was the subject of a full-length documentary called “”Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s. Bergdorf’s can also be credited with turning some of the most promising designers of our country into household names.


Booze Time
The 21 Club
21 West 52nd Street
Put your jacket on and head down to the bar that bamboozled police during Prohibition, where Humphrey Bogart took Lauren Bacall on their first date and where virtually every President of the United States since FDR has dined. Be sure to check out the memorabilia that hangs from the ceiling and includes toys, sports paraphernalia and model airplanes donated by Howard Hughes. Don’t forget to check out the secret vault downstairs where the 21 Club hid all the booze when they were raided during Prohibition.

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Blowing O’s
Nat Sherman Cigar bar
2 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017
(212) 764-5000
It is a legendary oasis that welcomes international clientele seeking a uniquely timeless and memorable experience. And for New Yorkers in-the-know, it is a quintessential local landmark. Still family owned and operated, their manufacturing facility in is located in Greensboro, N.C. but they are also available at retail tobacconists around the world.

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ALL ABOUT THE HAT: 4 Unique Ways to Display Your Hats

Hats are a timeless accessory that will stay in your wardrobe for years to come. This makes storing these items very important. Hats are supposed to be shaped in a certain way on your head, any crimping or bending can ruin a hat. That’s why when you are taking a hat on a trip you will have to wear or take it in some sort of special storage device. Specific things must be done so that it remains in the right shape and condition. Below are some tricks to keep your hats in perfect form

1.Hat Box- Bailey offers two storage options that will keep your hats dust free and add a little manly charm to your space. The design allows you to stack the boxes and the handle allows for ease of travel. This is the best way to insure your hats longevity by holding its form and also keeping it away from dust and dirt. Always remember to store your hat brim face up so it doesn’t flatten out overtime.

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2.Monsieur Dressup Collar Wall hooks (http://www.thedesigngiftshop.com/loyal-loot-coat-hanger-monsieur-dressup/)- These hangers are just cool. A shirt collar made of wood that holds your hats…genius. Use these to display your hats in plain site. It also makes them easy to grab on your way out.


3.Hat Hanger Rack (http://www.wayfair.com/Safco-Products-Company-Spiral-Nailhead-Coat-Rack-4191-SF1776.html) – If you have a large hat collection a this might be the better option. The pegs will keep your brims from flattening and the upright rack will take up little space. Don’t forget to use your hat brush to dust them off.


4.Table Top Hat Stand (http://www.carefreestore.com/hatstands.html) – Made of wood usually with a metal tripod top, these can be very handsome embellishments to your favorite hat. If you are going for the modern look and want to line your hats along shelves make sure you have a couple of these that you can rotate your hats on.



ALL ABOUT THE HAT: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Hats

1. Montecristis are made by boiling palm leaves then are woven by hand by artists in Ecuador.


2. Lite-Felt hats include a “DuPont Teflon Fabric Protector” and water-repellency process to protect your hat.

3. The fedora was originally a female hat.

4. London black taxies are made tall so that a gentleman can ride in them without taking off a top hat.
5. Trilby, a variant of fedora, was named after heroine Trilby O’Ferral of a George du Maurier novel.
Trilby - 'So much for Alice, Tray'.
6. Panama hat has never made in Panama. It is made in Equador and is named after the port used to ship Panamas to Asia and Europe.

7. The process of making felt involved toxic mercury that drove hat makers to madness, hence the phrase Mad Hatter.

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8. It is said that when John Hetherington wore one of the first top hats in 1797 in the streets, he was arrested for scaring the people. He ended up in court and paid 50 pounds sterling.

9. There is still a law in Kentucky that forbids a man to buy a ten gallon hat if his wife is not present to assist in choosing a model.

10. The beaver was almost extinct until the discovery of the silk worm. They were saved by Bombyx mori, the silkworm, and the world’s fashion capital. That same year the silk hat was introduced in Paris and the beaver hat declined in popularity.


ALL ABOUT THE HAT: History of the Fedora

A Fedora is a felt hat with a wide brim, indented crown, and a ribbon. It first appeared in 1882 as a female hat. That year the play called the “Fédora” was produced and the famous actress Sarah Bernhardt wore the center-creased, soft brimmed hat. The hat was soon a popular fashion for women and can be see worn by many women’s-rights activists.


Sarah Bernhardt in the Fedora

In 1924, Prince Edward of Britain started wearing the fedora and this hat style was adopted by men. Orthodox Jews also adopted black fedoras in the first decades of 20th century and wear them as a part of their daily wear.


Prince Edward in the fedora

Height of the fedora’s popularity was during the mid-1920s and explains why it is associated with Prohibition and gangsters. The fedora was popular because of the style but also because of their practicality. They didn’t obscure the view while driving and were smaller than top hats so they could be worn in public transport.


Al Capone and the Gang in the Fedora

In 1940s and 1950s, Hollywood brought back fedora by making movies in which fedora hat was an icon of manliness and was worn by such names as Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra.

Cary Grant in the Fedora

Today musicians and actors such as Justin Timberlake, Jarod Leto, Johnny Depp, Brittany Spears, and Justin Bieber wear the fedora during their live appearances and performances. It also makes for a good disguise from the paparazzi. Below are some of our favorite icons wearing the fedora.

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Jarod Leto in the Fedora

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Cara Delevingne in the Fedora

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Raymond Reddington played by James Spader in Blacklist

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