Leslie James Breton Straw Hat, Red, Black & White, Vintage 1950s


This Leslie James Breton straw hat is a stunner. Intricate black and white striped straw with bright red netting over the sides.
Approx. Hat Size (cm): 21″ (51); Diameter: 12.5″ (32); Crown Height: 3″ (7.5); Width of Brim:  2″ (5).
Condition: Very Good.
Era:  1950s.
Mark/Label: Leslie James, Innes Department Store (Wichita, KS).
One of a kind – Get it before it’s gone.

1 in stock


A gorgeous wide brim Leslie James Breton Straw Hat that really makes a statement.

Leslie James Breton Hat Details

  • Fabulous large straw Breton hat.
  • The straw weave detail wraps underneath.
  • The top is solid black.
  • By Leslie James for Innes Dept. Store, Wichita, Kansas; the major department store in my hometown before it became just another Macy’s.

A Breton hat is a rounded or flat-crowned hat with a brim that turns up around the edges, originally worn by peasants in Brittany, a region in France. It is similar to a bowler, but the brim is wider and rolls up more dramatically. Wide-brimmed Bretons were popular in the 1960s, when they were worn on the back of the head. An all-over feather Breton circa 1960-65 is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Art Boston. From Hatatorium, An Essential Guide for Hat Collectors, 2nd Edition.

NOT SHIPPABLE TO ITALY due to Italian customs prohibition.

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