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