THE HAT LADIES 4TH ANNUAL HATS OF THE WORLD LUNCHEON HELD IN NYC

 

DON RONGIONE CEO OF BOLLMAN HATS WITH ARCHIE BURKEL
RONGIONE WITH GUEST
AMBASSADOR PICCO WITH TOP HAT ARCHIE

The Hat Ladies hosted their 4th Annual Hats of The World Luncheon on January 16th. The event was held for female ambassadors and officials to The United Nations by Isabelle Picco, Ambassador to Monaco.

Don Rongione, CEO of Bollman Hat Company, provided Plaza Suite Hats for the guests at the event and mingled with guests representing over 20 countries. “Don was able to see the joy that his hats brought to everyone, and the impact they have in bringing our world closer together,” said head hat honcho Archie Burkel.

“Hats are known as a fashion statement, and for the past four years, they’ve made a diplomatic statement as The Hat Ladies of Charleston traveled to New York to host the female ambassadors to The United Nations. Ladies of all ages came together from all corners of the world under one symbolic hat, at The Hats of The World Luncheon,” said founder, Burkel.

Ambassador Simona Miculescu of Romania and Ambassador Isabelle Picco of Monaco

Bollman Hat Company Holds Design Challenge

upcycle pic

Bollman Hat Company recently hosted a design challenge for art students in the Tri-State area.  The challenge had an Upcycling theme – taking what would be waste and turning it into something useful and new.  The “would be waste,” in this case, consisted of wool felt trimmings and fibers that are a byproduct of the hat making process.

Applicants were asked to design and construct an item of their choice using the materials provided.  Items could be submitted in one of three categories:  Wearable art (clothing), Wearable art (accessories, including hats), Other (sculpture, etc).  The goal was to create something that could be sold to consumers and eliminate waste.

Judging was based primarily on the use of materials, quality of construction and marketability.   Many eager students accepted the Bollman Design Challenge, but two lucky winners took home the prizes.

 

1st Place – Felicia Gregory, Wearable Art, Clothing

Grand Prize Winner – Kelsey Chute, Wearable Art, Accessories

1st Place, Wearable Art

1st Place, Wearable Art, Clothing

Grand Prize, Wearable Art,  Accessories

Grand Prize, Wearable Art, Accessories