Made in Virginia 2012: Ignatius Hats, Petersburg

Ignatius Hats 

Ignatius Hats

The Turkish Knot from Ignatius Hats

Stir in a bit of whimsy, add a dollop of creative flair, blend together with uncompromising technical expertise and you’ve got … a hat, and a piece of art.

That’s part of the formula that has made Ignatius Hats of Petersburg synonymous with fine millinery. One of the latest creations from partners Ignatius Creegan and Rod Givens is a hat they have dubbed “The Turkish Knot,” a tiered flight of fancy that comes together brilliantly with an eye-catching knot.

Like many of the milliners’ handmade, original and often one-of-a-kind hats, the Turkish Knot begins as hand-braided wheat straw strands. Ignatius sews the braid into a hat body on an antique straw-sewing machine—the machines stopped being made in the 1940s—and then it is steamed and pressed into shape. The hat is finished with wire and ribbon belting, and the knot is draped into a harmonious shape.

Of his inspiration, says Creegan, “You generally don’t have an idea and make a hat. You develop the idea through a lot of hats.”

The Turkish Knot is $230. Prices for other chapeaux range from $185 to $310.

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