Friday, April 8, 2016


Beads have been making the “rounds” again in accessories, from Buddhist-inspired bracelets and necklaces in earthen hues, or more colorful, tropical crafted styles.  However you choose to wear them, on hats, as earrings, bags and lariat style necklaces, beads make for a fun look in the summer months.


Tuesday, April 5, 2016


Turquoise is refreshing and vibrant for spring! A Callanan, turquoise  trimmed hat can take your from a tropical beach look to a boho-inspired hat for your summer 2016 musical festival.




Fringe and tassels are a key trend to note now, as designers like Dolce & Gabbana and Nicole Miller showed. So far, this has been materialized into accessories like necklaces, bags, charms and trinkets, scarves, hats and earrings. Sway away!

Fashionistas seem to be using fringe and tassels as the same thing these days.Yes, they are kind of "same-same but different".

TASSEL; is a bunch of threads, cords, strings of the same length, fastened at one end.FRINGE; is a border made of hanging threads.

At Callanan hats we have you covered. 100% HAND MADE WOOL FELT CLOCHE with tassel and chain.

Available Lord and Taylor and in better stores nationwide for fall 2016.

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Monday, March 28, 2016


You will never again be feeling blue on rainy days and Mondays, once you are wearing one of these fun SCALA fashion rain hats!!!!!!

LW281-KHAKI, nylon short back bucket, as seen in the April issue of GLAMOUR.


Classic reversible to cotton rain hat style # LW236-ASST in fun colors RED, FUCHSIA AND BLACK as seen in the APRIL 2016 issue of Girl's life.


Sunday, March 13, 2016

HATS for a healthy HATTITUDE

As far as I am concerned Sara Cutting is just amazing. See Sara's inspirational story below. God bless Sara and her recovery.

 Frequently, when we think of hats we think Derby, Wedding, sartorial cool and functional sun blocking hats.
I have over the years sold Callanan and Scala hats to the hospital shops at the world renowned cancer centers of Slone Kettering NYC and Dana Faber Cancer Institute Boston, as well as private stores like Underneath it all NYC. These hat shop buyers like Theresa, Carol etc. are very special people, their job being more a vocation, to help people who are going through chemotherapy to feel good about themselves.
The men seem to be quite happy to pull a kit beanie over their hairless noggins, but for the ladies it can be much harder experience. Women's image is so tied up with their hair. A bad dye job/haircut can be nerve racking on the best of days, so the loss of hair from radiation can be devastating feeling.

The reality is that these women do not want to buy an expensive hat, but are being forced to buy one, due to the result of their illness. Besides the "look" a mane of flowing hair can give, it also acts a shield against the elements. Without hair we are more susceptible to the cold and the suns damaging rays.

Some of the hat needs for a lady with hair loss due to chemotherapy
* Ultra soft interior. The newly exposed head is very sensitive. Silky linings work well.
* Comfortable fit. Not too tight and not so loose that it might fly off her in a gust of wind.
* The hat should fit below the hair line. Small brimmed fedoras and open back baseball caps are a no no.

Callanan cloches are a good option, as they are not over powering on the wearer and after perfect hairline coverage. The adjustable head size offered extra security.

Our best selling cotton SCALA style LC399, is great for the ladies who loose their hair during the spring/summer months. It has an adjustable head sizer with a soft cotton lining. The brim can be worn up or down for added sun protection or privacy.

It is available in 25 delightful colors, looks great on every and no-one will even suspect that you are going through hair loss.

Or you can be like the delightful Sara Cutting and say f%&Kit!, sc#$w it! I ain't going to let this get me down and make a ridiculous zany hat to wear every day. My hat is off to Sarah and all the ladies going through chemo out there!!

This Breast Cancer Patient Wore Amazing Hats Every Day For Charity And Awareness

“Having fun taking selfies distracted from the reality of my aggressive cancer,” Sara Cutting told BuzzFeed News reporter Laura Silver.

Last July, Sara Cutting from Brighton was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, and after having surgery to remove the tumour, underwent 18 weeks of chemotherapy.

Hair loss is a common side-effect of chemotherapy, so Cutting said she “decided to take control and shave off my golden locks in stages over the days before my treatment started.
Cutting explained that her Macmillan nurse, Lisa, has been with her throughout the “surreal roller coaster” of her illness and wanted to do something to give something back to the cancer charity.

She came up with the “365 Day Different Daily Headgear”, which she completed last Tuesday having raised £15,640 for Macmillan.

She came up with the "365 Day Different Daily Headgear", which she completed last Tuesday having raised £15,640 for Macmillan.
For a year, Cutting posted a daily picture of herself wearing an outlandish variety of headpieces on Instagram and Facebook, with a link for people to donate to the charity.
Now that the challenge is complete, Cutting told BuzzFeed News that the pressure is off, “but I keep missing it and putting things on head anyway!”

Having fun taking the pictures acted as a distraction from how aggressive her cancer was. “When I was really ill with chemo, it was brilliant because, instead of feeling shit about that, was thinking about what to put on my head,” she explained.

While cutting was able to line up weeks worth of pictures with amazing creations milliners would send her, but, she said, “sometimes I’d panic” when she couldn’t think of anything.

While cutting was able to line up weeks worth of pictures with amazing creations milliners would send her, but, she said, "sometimes I’d panic" when she couldn't think of anything.
“There was one day where I was looking in kitchen so I grabbed a kitchen roll and scourer, which made me laugh a lot,” she told us. “I have a brain like a sieve, so will I’ll probably do one with a sieve at some point. The household appliance ones crack me up.”

Having been just 46 when diagnosed with breast cancer, Cutting was also keen to raise awareness of the importance of regularly checking your breasts at any age.

According to Macmillan, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, and eighteen per cent of cases were diagnosed in female patients aged less than 50.
Each picture was tagged with #NowGoCheckYourBits, to remind women to check their breasts, and Cutting told us that she is keen to continue campaigning for women to be body aware.

“Some of the pictures evoke strong really strong memories of how ill I was at the time – and I think, ‘how did I actually do that’?” said Cutting, adding that she remembers how emotional she felt when many were taken.

"Some of the pictures evoke strong really strong memories of how ill I was at the time – and I think, ‘how did I actually do that’?" said Cutting, adding that she remembers how emotional she felt when many were taken.

Mostly, though, she said she “spent many hours totally amusing myself doing ridiculous things.”

While she doesn’t have a particular favourite, Cutting said she prefers “the ones where I look back and remember laughing that I love the most.”

While she doesn't have a particular favourite, Cutting said she prefers "the ones where I look back and remember laughing that I love the most."
She did remember one, which was inspired by the band Radiohead that particularly amused her. “It’s so simple – a radio on my head!”, she laughed.

While taking her recovery day-by-day, Cutting is planning even more charitable activities, including the next Brighton half-marathon, which she said she was only able to walk while having chemo last year.

“I ran five miles on Sunday!”, she told us proudly.
Cutting intends to hold a “massive party” to auction off the hats she was sent throughout the year, which are currently filling her stepdaughter’s bedroom, and raise more money for Macmillan.

Right now, Cutting said, “I’m just glad to be here and alive.”

Right now, Cutting said, "I’m just glad to be here and alive."
“Some days I have more energy, and some more pain, but the amazing team at Macmillian and NHS have been there for me the whole time.
“You don’t get all the clear, but if still here five years from now then great. If I’m not, I’m not.
“It’s one day at a time.”

Monday, February 22, 2016


Mark Rylance as the suspected spy Rudolf Abel, blending in with other hat-wearing subway riders. CreditJaap Buitendjik 

“Bridge of Spies,” Steven Spielberg’s true-life story of an American insurance lawyer turned covert negotiator during the Cold War, opens in Brooklyn in the late 1950s with Rudolf Abel, a suspected Soviet spy, being followed by federal agents. But as he descends into a crowded subway station, Abel (played by Mark Rylance) disappears into a sea of fedoras, a staple accessory for men of the day, his own rather ordinary hat providing a simple but effective cloaking device.
“Abel was a man who was supposed to blend into the street, and he did,” said Kasia Walicka-Maimone, the film’s costume designer. “But besides being a spy, he was a great artist, so he didn’t conform fully.”
Through research, she discovered that the real Abel wore his hat tilted slightly back from his forehead, an uncommon style at that time, “so he looked like any other guy on the street, but when you looked closer, he looked different from everyone else.”

Speaking on the telephone from London, Ms. Walicka-Maimone discussed the film’s abundant chapeaus and how style set the characters and their countries apart. Here are excerpts from the conversation.


Kasia Walicka-Maimone, far left, at work on the production. CreditJaap Buitendjik 

The hat makes the man To top the heads of the movie’s largely male cast, Ms. Walicka-Maimone gathered hundreds of hats from vintage stores, as well as from contemporary outfitters selling styles that retroactively borrowed from the period.


Hats for the film's extras. CreditJaap Buitendjik 

For Tom Hanks, who plays, James B. Donovan, the insurance lawyer who is asked to defend Abel, she chose a classic Borselino, “a style worn by politicians, lawyers and businessmen,” she said. “This is before brims get thin. Donovan’s was a more classic version, with a wider brim and taller body.”
When Donovan travels to Berlin to negotiate the exchange of Abel for American prisoners, the full-bodied hat accentuates Mr. Hanks’s already imposing silhouette, placing the well-dressed American in stark contrast to the desperate, beleaguered crowds trying to cross the border between East and West.
The Negotiator Ms. Walicka-Maimone was especially interested in the differences between Donovan’s American milieu and the European setting he finds himself in.
“We are trying to portray two worlds: The neatly tailored, manicured look of the secretaries in Donovan’s New York office, and the oppressive quality of Berlin, surrounded by various armies and divided by the wall,” she explained. “His world is precise, peaceful, and then he steps into a moment in time that is so unstable.”
Men’s suits helped distinguish those two worlds. “In Berlin, the suits were shorter, the silhouette was more defined, closer to the body. The waistline was accentuated. American suits were boxy, the shoulders were broader, the pants were wider. It was a more muscular cut.”
A More Interesting Reality: For a film so heavily based in reality, the design team, which included this year’s Oscar-winning production designer, Adam Stockhausen (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”), had to gather vast amounts of research, said Ms. Walicka-Maimone, who relied on her longtime researcher, Susana Gilboe. “Those looks were created so faithfully to who those men were and what those men wore, it supported the characters and didn’t need reinterpretation.”
Scenes that took place in offices and schools and required large groups became the essence of thousands of pictures. “I’m so inspired by street photographers, the idea of imperfections, of street scenarios. So I consciously try to avoid things being driven by aesthetics,” she said.
Iconic Colors Women make rare appearances in the film, but when they do, it’s in rich, refreshing splashes of color. “The colors of that era are so specific,” Ms. Walicka-Maimone said. Men represent all the varieties of grays, browns, navys, greens, so it was crucial to have the women in the iconic colors of the time.”


A costume team member adjusts Le Clanché du Rand's dress. CreditJaap Buitendjik 

For instance, Donovan’s wife, Mary (played by Amy Ryan), wears chartreuse set against the warm browns and grays of a courtroom scene. A judge’s wife (played by Le Clanché du Rand) answers the door in a glamorous pink printed evening dress, an all-too-brief flash of the day’s high fashion.
Shades of Black Some of the most interesting pieces to create were the prison uniforms, Ms. Walicka-Maimone said. “The American prisons used dungarees, a version of denim that culturally comes from work wear. In East Germany, prisoners wore clothes pieced together from swatches of old military uniforms, with a yellow stripe to cover the seams.”
Russian prisons were the most difficult to research as they were not often photographed. “But we found one or two pictures of men leaving a prison in cotton and wool uniforms, dyed in different shades of black. I think the pieces must have faded from washes, so it was just a ton of black in many different tones.”
The Spielberg Factor “I always call him Mr. Spielberg,” she said, and his infectious enthusiasm kept her glued to the set, even when she wasn’t required.


Steven Spielberg and Kasia Walicka-Maimone on the set. CreditJaap Buitendjik 

“I was so used to working with rebels, people of my generation, and then there I was stepping into the world of this incredible master,” she said. “I didn’t know how it was going to go. But then I realized, he is the first rebel of them all.”