Cache Open-Back Sheath Dress (similar here) Custom Pillbox Hat ‘Doris’ c/o Coque Millinery ‘Red Hat Collection’ Vintage Pearl Earrings (Theresa Fisher, similar here) Vintage 1940s White Glass Beaded Floral Purse c/o Aubree’s Attic Etsy Shop Vintage Cotton Lady Day Gloves (similar here) B Brian Atwood Nude Patent Pumps (similar here)
Do you view a hat as an accessory to protect against the suns rays or as a form of art? In fashion, hats have become a distinguishable accessory for onlookers as they bring attention to ones face. A hat in my opinion is the most noticeable fashion accessory that one can wear. I’ve mentioned in the past a dated phrase that speaks much truth, ‘If you want to get ahead and get noticed, then wear a hat’. I find the casual gaze by perfect strangers to be invigorating and fulfilling.
Ontario resident & Hat Maker Ericah Mitchell of Coque, a local business in Canada specializing in custom made women’s hats and fascinators since 2013. With a growing attraction to three style elements, classic, elegant and timeless “vintage” looks. Ericah’s designs for women who possess confidence, bringing a unique manufacturing process for those which appreciate quality and excellence. I often search for vintage inspired hats that bestow character, originality and authenticity, I find this and more with Coque.The second youngest of four children, Ericah grew up in a traditional household where women wore hats to church, so there was no surprise as a child creating hats became a natural hobby. “I would sit in my room for hours and take apart old hats to make what looked like a new hat. Some would say that I have a unique sense of style and fashion which often channels through my designs,“explains Ericah. Indeed her designs channel a diversity of colors and shapes shifting from accents of bird feathers, rhinestones, veils and petite bows. A signature touch that finds placement in an array of Ericah’s designs is the peacock feather.“The beauty that this bird represents with the techno colors of its feathers is astonishing among words,” states Ericah of her preferred choice of accents.
With a desire to gift a woman with a piece of individual beauty, a brand name had to reflect her passion for creating individual customized designs. Ericah’s husband Chris, began researching and discovered the French origin of Coque is defined as a loop of ribbon or feather used in trimming hats. With the unity of the originality and historical implementation of a word that now houses her personal brand, “the rest was history” states Ericah.
I’ve been known to garnish my ensembles with a subtle vintage flair which includes audacious costume jewelry, sleek gloves and an array of statement hats. During the past year, I’ve acquired a significant collection of authentic vintage hats that all embrace a story. Build your own memories with Coque and their newly released ‘Red Hat Collection’, by visiting coquedesigns.wix.com
In dedication, to my beloved namesake & grandmother Doris Alexander – a lover of everything red.