Celebrating International Women's Day
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Who’s Your Inspiration on International Women’s Day?

In honor of International Women's Day I take a moment to remember my grandmother Madge Beals Meredith. Naming my online shop #MadgesHatboxVintage, was loving nod to her years as a #milliner. Then a chance remark by my aunt sent me on a yearlong journey in search of a hat shop my grandmother opened i...

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Leslie James Hats
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What’s In a Label? Leslie James Hats

WHAT'S IN A LABEL? LESLIE JAMES HATSThe first hat I purchased was at an antique store in my hometown of Wichita, Kansas.  I was in middle school and the hat was a faux leopard number, probably from the 1940s, with the labels Innes and Leslie James.Of course I knew about Innes.  It was the finest and...

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