Meyer The Hatter, New Orleans

I truly love wearing hats. They are an outward extension of a persona and pride that I take in whatever fashion sense I have acquired in my years. I have sported baseball hats;  fitted and snapback; trucker hats; newsboy caps; bucket hats (the 90’s were a confusing time for many of us, kids); Vietnamese “Non La”; Beanies; Beanies with a bill; 10 gallon hats, Stingy Brim Fedoras and Trilby’s. Specifically, you are most likely to see me in a ball cap (through travel) or a Trilby with the front brim tipped up. I really enjoy (and have a wide selection of) Trilby’s from Bailey of Hollywood, though, I would be happy to always find new selection from the line @bailey_hats, if you are looking for brand ambassadors.

Meyer The Hatter was where I found my first Bailey Trilby nearly a decade ago and it was love at first sight. The 5 generation strong hatters, started in 1894, hold the title as the largest Hatter in the South. If you need it, someone makes it, Meyer probably has it. Consequently, nearly every time I have returned to NOLA, I have made a stop in and picked up my latest crown. They have a wicked email list that keeps you up to date on their sales, and I have even navigated their website easily for a holiday purchase or two. Look them up if you are ever in the area. They have a glass display front that provides a small glimpse of their expansive stock.

Some heroes wear capes. Some wear uniforms. I’m not a hero, but I wear hats when given the chance. I am blessed with a full head of hair, but a hat reframes my face and matches or compliments my outfit. Special occasion? I’ve been known to re-band or add a feather to the style.

There is something that reminds me to look up with a cap on. Inevitably, my step turns into a strut. Rightfully, I paired The Meters’ “Cissy Strut” with the Meyer shot. The Funk outfit that calls NOLA home was an obvious choice. What I respect about both the Band and Meyer the Hatter is that they are committed to their craft and audience enough to make participation an experience. Also, both will help you loosen up and have a good time. However you fashion your find, both bring a smile to my face.

So, as I update this week, I just want to say thanks for being a part of the ride so far. I’ll keep my eyes open and my locks between my hat bands. Stay tuned for 2 updates next week because of a special Halloween post!

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