Since the weather is warming up, here are some straw hats that will keep you stylish and cool. They're by Marcia Lacher of New York, who designs and makes women's hats by hand using hat blocks from the 1920's, 1930's, 1940's, and 1950's.
One of Lacher's most inventive fascinator hats (above) is inspired by the ocean. It's made from straw that she dyed herself and draped with fish netting. The beads and spirals on top represent the detritus found at the bottom of the ocean and sea plants.
The wonderful colors of these hats radiate warmth, like the pretty Panama Straw Hat (above). Lacher made the fabric flowers using iridescent silk. If you look closely, you can see a small bunch of flowers peeking out from underneath the hat.
Here's a great hat for creating some mystery. The big rimmed Panama Straw Hat (above) is made of hand woven blue and yellow fibers with a band and two flowers made from blue leather.
The lively Tangerine Tango fedora hat is hand dyed a rich orange and trimmed with bands of grosgrain ribbon. This has got to be the quintessential summer color!
How cute can you get? This classic cloche hat is trimmed with a wide black grosgrain ribbon and big handmade organza flower.
As you can see, Lacher offers a great variety of styles and colors. She also makes felt hats, too, for the cold weather. Lacher learned her craft at New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, where she completed the Millinery Techniques Program and has been a milliner in New York since 1998.
Are you inspired to get a summer hat? I hope so. You can see more at Marcia Lacher Millinery.