Archive for Friday, January 23, 2009

Requests flood in for Franklin’s custom hat

January 23, 2009

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— The calls began to flood Luke Song’s hat shop not long after Aretha Franklin finished belting out “My Country, ’Tis of Thee” at President Barack Obama’s inauguration.

Franklin, who wore a gray felt custom-designed hat from Mr. Song Millinery, has inadvertently caused an economic boom for the South Korean immigrant’s store.

Song said he wasn’t prepared for the hundreds of calls requesting the hat with a Swarovski rhinestone-bordered bow.

“We even have a lot of men calling to get it for their wives, mothers and grandmothers,” Song said.

The hat worn by the “Queen of Soul” was hand-molded and would cost upward of $500 — if it were for sale, the 36-year-old designer said. Customers instead were offered a satin ribbon version for $179.

“They want the same hat, but they understand it’s for the ‘Queen’ only,” he said. “Ninety-nine percent said, ‘That’s fine. I’ll get the next best thing.’”

Comments

dontcallmedan 8 years ago

Hats off to Aretha. Maybe now America can begin to get back some of what we have lost under Bush/Chaney: R_E_S_P_E_C_T.

domino 8 years ago

I just hope people realize this is not a hat most woman could (or should!) wear.

Shane Garrett 8 years ago

Ah, look at all the happy shiny sheep.

Clint Church 8 years ago

Too bad she couldn't buy a hat made by an American. That's why this country is going down the toilet.

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