This collection resulted from my travels to Italy between 2009-2011. They are shown here alongside the architectural elements they are inspired by.
Of this collection, the Venetian and Venetian Garden remain among my most popular styles, usually by custom order, made mostly by hand and almost entirely from reclaimed textiles and found objects. I have also reintroduced the Florentine to my catalog at AugustPhoenixHats.com.
My first trip outside of the US was in 2009, when I attended Carnivale in Venice. It is the trip that started my internationally inspired designs. I hope you will read my journals from my Travels in Italy (or the short versions here), for the back stories behind these hats.