It’s summer again. My mind is wandering. Summer = vacation, right? After many years working in a hat shop, I have quite the hat collection. I started to think about where my hats would take me if they could choose the destination.
Sticking close to home, my Helen Kaminski straw hat is the perfect hat to wear for an afternoon of wine tasting in the Sierra Nevada Foothills. My husband can wear our (yes, sometimes I sport this hat, too) Borsalino Panama. We’re picture-perfect – wandering through the vineyards, a cool glass of chardonnay in hand – never underestimate the value of a day-cation, or a good hat.
Some days you just want to get away from it all. I think my VHS Pith Helmet would take me someplace exotic. Egypt. Pyramids. Nile River cruise. Sitting comfortably on my head, this rigid hat will protect me from the sun and the occasional flying monkey. Made of pith, I can soak my Pith Helmet overnight for an even cooler day exploring – maybe even from the back of a camel.
Made for the outdoors, my Sunday Afternoon Hat is always on the go. With its full face, ears and neck coverage it’s a perfect hat for playing on the beach, watching any sporting event (those bleachers can get hot!), or looking for hidden treasures at an outdoor antique faire. For this vacation, we’re hiking through the Yosemite Valley to Half Dome. Maybe we’ll attempt the 16-mile round trip hike, or maybe we’ll admire the magnificent rock from the Valley. Either way, with its soft, pliable wide brim, the Sunday Afternoon hat can take you places your stiff wide brim hats cannot. Any day of the week, my Sunday Afternoon hat is my go-to hat.
You don’t have to live in Texas to wear a cowboy hat. But just for fun, my Shady Brady cowboy hat and I will head out for San Antonio. Strolling along the Paseo del Rio (River Walk), we’ll enjoy the numerous cafes and art galleries – with its tanned straw and distressed look, my Shady Brady will fit right in with the local scene. And don’t forget…Remember the Alamo.
I’d let my Outback Trading Company hat take me ‘down under’. There’s a big red rock there I’d like to see. In addition to shielding my head and face from the hot sun, my Outback has a quick dry sweatband which will come in handy as I cross the desert. And if I’m one of the lucky ones to see it rain on Uluru/Ayers Rock, this hat is made from waterproof oilskin that will keep me high and dry.
The raffia straw of my Scala Crocheted Floppy Hat has already traveled around the world, from Madagascar to me. We spend a lot of time in my garden, this hat and me. Now is a good time to check out a bigger, grander garden – the San Francisco Botanical Garden. From woods to wildflowers, this garden has it all – just like my Scala Crocheted Sun Hat which features a wide floppy brim to give me shade and an adjustable chinstrap to keep it comfortably on my head. Gardens and hats go together naturally.
Yes, it’s summertime and there’s a whole world out there waiting to be explored. You can be ready to go at the drop of a hat.
About the author
Viki Spector has worked at Village Hat Shop since 1999 as Manager of the Old Sacramento store and in recent years, General Manager of all the 'brick and mortar' stores. Now turning her knowledge of the hat industry and retail to writing and editing for the online channel. Born in the Missouri Ozarks and landing in northern California via Chicago with a background in art, advertising and raising 3 kids, Viki brings a unique perspective to this side of the business. And people have always told her she looked good in hats.