The late 19th century illustrator Aubrey Beardsley is an artist I feel does not get the proper recognition. Quite the character. And if you’re not well-versed in the hat universe, Borsalino is one of the most beloved hat companies in the world. I have been a follower and wearer for many years. They are a staple on many of our shoots here at Numero. When we need a classic, good quality hat, we call Borsalino. So when I saw the Spring/Summer 21 Borsalino inspiration was coming straight from Beardsley as well as the optic artist Bridget Riley, I got very excited about this.
My favorite hat form this collection is the Stella, whose crocheted straw creates a zig-zag weave.
These hats are personal. There is a palette of 20 natural colors, as well as 28 different ribbon colors to choose from. Natural fibers of raffia, hemp, and straw- Ecuadorian artisanship, and Italian craftsmanship. The details are also special. The Bogart model’s inside is engraved with ‘The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind.’
And then, to reveal the collection, they placed the hats on dancers, to give us all a little boost of energy. I am used to being languid in these hats, lounging in a park, taking refuge from the sun underneath a Borsalino brim. Seeing the hats in motion was a new approach.