Add some avant-garde European flavor to your winter wardrobe with a fun, funky new hat from Lou Mistraou. The innovative designer, based in Provence, France, has recently debuted a luxurious new hat that possesses the proper balance of classic beauty and abstract modernity. Think fighter pilot meets 1940s glam. These handmade hats are not only aesthetically pleasing but also practical—functional works of eyecatching Art Deco. They were designed with wind repellency in mind, so they are perfect to combat the chilly weather that is fast approaching. So why not face the dreaded winter blues avec un chapeau tres elegante? Forget holding down cheap flimsy hats or fidgeting with free-spirited scarves while walking around town.
The functional design ensures that pesky wind bursts won’t be an issue for this hat. Use the chin strap to keep your head cozy and secure. I personally prefer that look, and although it mildly resembles a helmet, there is something bizarrely glamorous about it. I'd throw on some red lipstick and enjoy the warmth! You can also select to wear the hat with the strap hanging down, for that funky asymmetrical look. They come in seven different colors as fun and fresh as the design itself, in your choice of either lambskin or wool. At $295 for the wool, and $475 for the lambskin, the hat is pricey, but keep in mind the quality materials used in this hand-designed rarity! The designer primarily sells these fun, versatile hats online, but five boutiques around the City are already carrying them as well.