Wednesday, June 21, 2017


London is sweltering under a June heatwave and the weather in NYC is schizophrenic. Summer 2017 has barely bloomed, but for fashionistas its time to think about spring summer 2018. So maybe you did not get your S17 beach bod in shape, well no time like the present to work on it for summer 2018!!

Hat trends for summer are looking diverse. We are definitely seeing a gender neutral trend going on.  It looks like designers have thrown a bunch of hats into the air and are waiting to see which will land on heads.

Luckily here at DORFMAN PACIFIC , we offer a diverse collection of hats and brands to suit all trends and customers.

In no particular order, here are the hat trends.

Western, looks like it will happen again. Think drifter profiles over cowboy hats. We are also seeing this influence in southwestern concho belts and slouchy ankle boots.  This looks like a natural look for those who are tired of the boho look of recent years.



Flat top boaters have been trying to make it onto heads the past 2 years. For 2018 we see them move away from pretty French peasant girl look, to a harder  "WESTWORLD" look. Here again, we see the southwestern trend.

Floppy brims can be dramatic and look great in style-out photos but they tend to lose their shape quickly and end up on the sale rack.

High crowns, dramatic, hard to wear with a limited audience.

 Put a CAP on it. Cap sales are going from strength to strength. Definitely logo driven and embellished.

Very Versace

FENDI. I like the embossed leather visors

Bucket hats, another old school silhouette, have also be gaining in strength the past few seasons. 

note the hanging pearls and strings
Dsquared buckets

Not surprising to see visors making a comeback. They do make a great 3some with caps and buckets.

I think all three go nicely with the athleasure lifestyle.

Army navy continues to sell. I have pointed this out in other blogs, see MILITARY TREND ON HIGH ALERT. 

Dsqared "hello sailor"

An extension of the military trend are berets and oversized newsboys.

Natural and wheat colored straws.

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Veiling for a 1950's seductress look.

Fascinators or over the top fantasy hats for going to work!

RED is trending for 2018/2019

Head-wraps are making comeback. Technically not a hat but a scarf. Ever so chic!

Thursday, June 1, 2017


This year we had our fall 2018 photo shoot on May 7th. We all had our fingers crossed for a dry day, as rain was forecast before and after, which only left us with a tight window of blue sky opportunity.
So may people think that a photo shoot is all fun and games, well my dearies it is not. It is a lot of work, with a lot of stress and with a lot of possibilities for things to go wrong. Head sizes too big or small, personality clashes, models who work great in a studio setting but look terrible outside with wind and rain blowing. You have 6 hours to pull it together, so that you get the bang for your budget.
And talking about budget, LOL, we get it done on a shoe string and a little pin money.

On the Friday, after reviewing what looks we needed for each hat, Philip my stylist and I, went cloths shopping in a New York downpour which drenched us to the core. Yes, the glamorous lifestyle of a hat designer.
Saturday I was up bright and early. Off to the showroom to pickup two large oversized bags of hats, before taking a taxi over to the Javits Center to set a booth up for Accessories The Show. What, you thought I was going to a photo shoot? Well, I am but I got work to do before hand. Helped set the booth up at the Javits Center which nearly toppled over and killed me, before running to Penn station get a train to Sayville. Arrive there 2 hours later. Run for the shuttle to the ferry.

Trains, boats, planes, ferries, shuttles, taxis, running, walking schelping all in a days work.

While waiting for the ferry, lets take some still life pics of the hats. No rest for the wicket!

OMG, finally on the ferry. Sigh of relief. Life is good.

Sunday morning wake up bright and early. My prayers have been answered. We have crisp blue skies but it is freezing. Philip and I recheck the pic flow and lay the hats out with the clothes. The crew arrives on the 10.30 ferry. Yea, everyone shows up!
make up, prep talk, lets get this party started

Blue skies will not last, so need to get to the beach asap.

bitter cold wind off the Atlantic ocean but the models are all smiles

Is this what they call a "cold smile"

Lets pretend it's a warm tropical breeze

By 1 pm the cold breeze is unbearable so we move to a more sheltered spot.

The ominous grey clouds are coming but the show must go on. In between shots we are wrapping the models in blankets in an attempt to keep them warm.

Time to head to the bay side for better protection from the chill wind.

We, the behind the scene folks are all warmly wrapped up. Pity the models!




It was a long day but when you have a good team, they make it happen!

Alex, the sun god, who had worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make the sun shine, finally got his moment in front of the camera.

By 4.30 with the sun disappearing and the temperature dropping  it was time to say good bye to 

Now to those of you who have had negative responses to my past models, I say "you are welcome to your opinions". I will never understand women who hate other women and men who cast disparaging remarks on any woman's looks, especially when they are untrue. I am glad that you all feel that you are all so gorgeous that you can indeed cast the first stone.

At Callanan hats, we know our customer, we love her and we design with her in mind. She is our mothers, our sisters, our friends. She is every women and we love her and respect her. BIG LOVE to all our fans.

John Callanan
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