Southern Fried Vintage Lynyrd Skynyrd Style

Southern Fried Vintage Lynyrd Skynyrd Style

Madge was recently poking around in some of her favorite Buckhead boutiques when she met up with Carol, the owner of a fabulous ladies shop called Razzle Dazzle.  Carol’s shop features hip and fun clothes, jewelry and accessories that are fashion forward with a little boho flair. Madge has purchased some fabulous t-shirts and peace sign jewelry at her shop. When in Atlanta check out Razzle Dazzle at 49 Irby Avenue and on Facebook.

We struck up a conversation about vintage hats, which for some reason, happens a lot to Madge.  Carol suddenly exclaimed she had a few hats discovered in the attic of the house she bought back in the 1980s and would Madge take a look?  Well of course! Thinking that we would set a time in the future, Madge was surprised when Carol suddenly dashed off next door and then came back a few minutes later with a beat up shopping bag.   “Here!” as she laid them triumphantly on the counter.

Well this would usually be a normal story for Madge until she heard the name of the previous homeowner – Velma Van Zant, grandmother of the Van Zant brothers better known as Lynyrd Skynyrd.  Can Madge get a Free Bird? Considering that these beauties had been up in that attic for God knows how long and then living in a shopping bag in the back of Carol’s shop for 20 more years, they were in pretty good shape.    Now I don’t know Velma, but I do know that she just loved pink!   There are three pink hats, two florals plus a silk taffeta turban in the set.   The most unique hat is a beautiful gray turban with blue rhinestone button detail and some lovely circle stitching, custom made by a woman named Mabel Manzer.  Check out the lovely lace lining.  If anyone in the Van Zant family has any photos of Velma in her hats Madge would love to see them.

So after some steaming, blocking and shaping, for those who like their vintage Southern Fried, Madge introduces the:


The Probably Owned by

Velma Van Zant Collection:

Southern Fried Vintage lynyrd skynyrd
Amazing Tower of Flowers!
Southern Fried Vintage lynyrd skynyrd
60s Pink Turban by Dajon
Southern Fried Vintage lynyrd skynyrd
50s Pink Floral Christine Original
Southern Fried Vintage lynyrd skynyrd
A 60s Mabel Manzer Original

Check out these and all of the fabulous spring and summer hats at the shop.  If you get a pink one I know Velma will be smiling somewhere!

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2018 update:  Since this post was written, Carol has retired and closed the shop.

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10 years ago

This is SO COOL! What an amazing find. Even without the pedigree the hats are gorgeous!

10 years ago
Reply to  retroruth

I just love reading your blog, always entertaining!

10 years ago

Fabulous hats and what a great story – love Lynyrd Skynyrd,and how sweet to see the Van Zants’ grandmother’s pretty things!

sally brown
10 years ago

wow, beautiful hats and a great story, loved Skynyrd

Valerie Birch
10 years ago

Wonderful story!! Thanks for sharing. I am in Atlanta quite a bit-I can’t wait to check out some of the places that you talk about!

Mary Robak
Mary Robak
10 years ago

It is funny how hats just happen to flow into your life, as if they just knew you are the one who will adore them. At least until you find the next person who adores them too. It is nice of you to share the story, and the hats.
Velma would be thrilled to know you care.

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