As hats go, this one by the Italian artisan Colette della Vedova (CDV) has elegant underpinnings that give it so much potential.
In addition to the sophistication the hat brings to an every day wardrobe, this handmade beauty may be paired with the umbrellas also in Prince of Wales check shown on this page. A deliberate move of the part of the artisan there is something particularly voguish about seeing someone donning a matching hat and umbrella. It harks back to another time when hats were the order of the day.
This princely hat, however, works beautifully on its own too! An accessory with lots of flair, the floppy rain hat enhances all sorts of outfits, not least of which smart jeans, a pristine white shirt, tailored pants, and coats preferably along the lines of trenches, or something similar. The more casual, the better!
Perhaps the idea of a hat has not been a consideration. We are hopeful that CDV’s charming hat made by Italy’s fine artisan class has upended previous ideas about an underrated accessory that offers a touch of class no matter the season.
About the Designer
Nanni and Colette begin their adventure at the end of the 1970s in Cressa, a small village in the northern region of Piedmont situated near Lago Maggiore, the home of the handmade umbrella. Influenced and encouraged by a very dear friend who used to commission umbrellas in Italy on behalf of French luxury brands, Colette and her beloved spouse Nanni take on, with the greatest of ease, a very old craft championed by artisans before them.
To this day, CDV not only makes umbrellas strictly by hand, but they respect time honoured methods too. Moreover, the company is a staunch user of only the best materials like bamboo, valuable woods, and various kinds of skins and leather.
Handles made out of these natural materials are then matched in most unusual ways with panels of pure cotton, silk, lace, velvet, and also to printed polyester and jacquard fabrics, these too made exclusively in Italy.