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1/10/15. An update on the side brush from my retired colleague Mr. Jack Lambert, an aficionado on hats.
"Regarding the side “brush”, the originals were badger fur. That was a badge of honor for the young man who came of age. His parent gifted him a sterling silver holder pin that was empty. After his first hunt as a “man” he cut off a piece of the animal fur and then was able to stick it in the holder (from his parents) and place it on the side of his hat. Not unlike the feathers worn by Indians for counting coup. If he killed a badger, a very nasty critter, he was honored as a very good and brave hunter. It became known as a Badge of honor."
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Another celebrity who vacationed in the Tyrolean Alps was Coco Chanel. Fashion myth as it, that her classic boucle jacket was inspired from a similar jacket that she saw on a "lift-boy" while staying at the Schloss Mittersill hotel.
For the Chanel pre fall 2015, Métiers D'Art collection, the designer Karl Lagerfeld took his inspiration from the Alpine Chanel mythology. The Metiers D'Art collection, is an off-season show to highlight the artisan skills of the ateliers, which the house of Chanel has saved from closure in 2002.
It was a solid collection of embroidered Lederhosen and loden jackets topped off with Tyrolean inspired hats adorned with massive plumes. The hats are by the atelier Maison Michel.