When it comes to hats there are three general categories one can fall under: function, finishing and flaunting – all of which can be found at Ladies & Gentlemen, Oklahoma City’s first and only fine millinery boutique.
We had the pleasure of sitting down with owner and hat maker, Marla Deann Cook to learn more about fine millinery and this unique addition to the Paseo District.
“The word millinery means designing and making hats,” Cook explained. “It can also mean a shop in which hats are sold. Fine millinery indicates to our customers that we are not only a hat shop, but the best hat shop.”
“By being the first millinery hat shop in the city, Cook takes great pride in setting a high standard for what it means to be in the business of finishing.
“The shop combines wide selection and custom selection to offer clientele an experience previously unavailable in Oklahoma City,” Cook said. “We have a large selection of men’s and women’s hats that serve three categories: function, finishing, and flaunting.”
A functional hat provides the weaver protection from the elements, while the finishing hat as described by L. Pagan, “combines form and function to build, enhance & finish an outfit”, a flaunting hat is more daring and worn to get attention.