I answered the phone and it was Vogue, yes.... American Vogue calling wanting to come by and see my place of establishment ..... hmmmmm..... my studio apartment, you mean ( voices inside of my head saying.... wait.... they can't come here)!!! Well that was in 2004... in a tiny apartment on the Upper East Side which looked alot like this. I recall it like it was yesterday.... my opportunity to show the world my "babies" that lived inside..... call me the hat lady, yes much like the cat lady! Eventually, the reasons for me to move out of the little apartment with very humble beginnings!
This month's trunk shows proved to be a success with many sales and interest in the brand! Look for LB hats on the streets of NY and NJ..... the brand is gaining yet more momentum!!!! We started off with a trunk show in Henri Bendel and finished off with a BANG in Maplewood, NJ at a friend's collaborative trunk show at her house! If you are interested in hosting a trunk show please contact us for more info! It was such a success we would love to share our FAB hats with all of your friends!!!!
I finished the morning session of a collaborative HOLIDAY TRUNK show at my friend Colleen's house in the neighborhood! It was fun to meet other women in my area and have them try on the hats.... After the show was over I left in my car and went into town. I was stunned to run into another "BUTTERCUP" on the street! Another women from my neighborhood was wearing her "BUTTERCUP" hat too..... so funny! And...... did I happen to mention, this hat was featured in the InStyle Makeover Fall edition!
With the holidays right around the corner.... we are ramping up for a couple of holiday shows. We will be showing an EXCLUSIVE collection at Henri Bendel on Saturday, December 3rd. Along with the hats they already have on the floor look for the INSTYLE MAKEOVER favorite with some other goodies..... floppy hats, bucket hats, fedoras..... all on our HOLIDAY SHOPPING LIST..... Check it over once or twice..... don't miss these FAB ONE of a KINDS!!!!
This season provokes some of my favorite colors to mix and match to any wardrobe...... yes.. think AUTUMNS..... REDS, YELLOWS, ORANGES!!!!
Try SWANKY BOWLER with your red jeans and graphic t-shirt /black cardigan. Dress this "BEAUTY" for downtown play or uptown more buttoned up events!
FOX HUNT can also be dressed up or dressed down..... try this number on for size with a pair of jeans, converse sneakers, and a gingham print blouse..... OH... SO ....SEASON for TREND!!!
FLOPPY JOE with the signature creases and folds create more than one look with each turn of the brim.... Play with the hats and use your best facial features to dramatize your look.... High cheekbones, lips and chin lines.... get a lot of attention when you wear the brim closer to your forehead and the line of the hat falls in symmetry with your BEST ASSETS!!!!
My friend, David over at REVOLUTION showed me a block he had...... he thinks it is a civil war block. The thoughts swirled in my head.... I can make retro civil war hats. AWESOME! Even if it isn't a civil war block it resembles the hats from that time. Inspiration comes in many forms! Here is a side view of the block!
Hi there!!! I haven't blogged in a long time.... I was consumed by the Sp/Su '12 collection which incidently.... looks FANTASTIC if I do say so myself! Pops of yellow, lavender, putty, neutrals are all in this collection! PANAMA straw never looked so GOOD! These hats were made for the caribbean! They are all light as a feather with new styling!
FLY GIRLS.... We can't keep in stock! They keep "FLYING" OUT the door!!!! Hands down, this is the BEST-SELLER!!!! Just ask MALIA MILLS ;)!!!!
OK.... so that is the update for now..... I've got to get back to my FLY GIRLS! These GIRLS CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!
You have heard of hat blocks right???.... But I'm not talking about the hat blocks I use to make hats! Those balsa wood blocks that allow me to shape and crease every form into it's unique "one-off" hat!
I'm talking about... let's say ..... writer's block but in this instance it would be hatter's block! No pun intended! lol..... but it is the middle of summer here.... with all of the heat! and the heat coming from the oven!
It's a good thing I'm not using mercury or I REALLY would be in TROUBLE!!! or maybe I wouldn't ;/...... I'll just opt for a martini later..... and call it a day!!!
We are so EXCITED to announce the arrival of our FALL/WINTER '11 collection which will be available at HENRI BENDEL this month! We just shipped out the hats and we can't wait for you to see them!!!
Let's just say the bowler hat has never looked this "swanky"!!! Riding caps in chocolate adorned with brown leather cording..... is making me anxiously await the arrival of the horse race season with the addition of the "Fox Hunt"!!!
OMG.... I AM READY FOR FALL!!!! My favorite season to dress, need I mention the foliage in all of it's splendid colors!!!! I CANNOT WAIT!!!
Fall season is upon us and we are so EXCITED to announce that our hats will grace the floors of HENRI BENDEL and LORD & TAYLOR. With the start of racing season we received write-ups in SARATOGA FEMME and SIMPLY SARATOGA magazines! .... We are on a ROLL!!!!!
We cannot wait to introduce you to the newest hats of the season!!!!
If you have knowledge of fashion and a desire to learn more about the business of millinery, send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are currently reviewing applicants for the intern position at Lisa Battaglia. Sewing and a working knowledge of the fashion industry are a plus!!! See the ins and outs of how a millinery business operates with possible growth opportunities!
The sky is the limit.... Now that is something to put under your hat!!!
This weather is making me reach for my wide brimmed straw hat sure to beat this heat!! I am talking about the FAB Country Gentleman! Take him to the beach, poolside, or lounging at home on your porch or deck! I HIGHLY recommend this topper because it is made of panama straw in an 8" brim and it is so light weight!!! Beat the heat and sun and look SUPER stylish in this one of a kind hat!
I just read an article about famed Philip Treacy being outraged by cheaply made fascinators being produced out of China and the popularity of them in High Street fashion. After reading the article I felt compelled to comment on this latest fashion craze of mass produced fascinators, if you will! It is VITAL for any milliner who has studied the craft to EDUCATE the consumer on the process of millinery. We take for granted that people understand what it is we do. This is a HIGHLY SPECIALIZED form of ART and TRUE craftsmanship that not only myself but other milliners would agree to. What we do can not even compete with a mass produced fascinator made in China. The time, quality of materials used, craftsmanship and artist's skilll to create a vision unique to his/her client are all KEY components of MILLINERY. We craftsmen take pride in our highly specialized trade but it is up to every designer to market their product effectively to our clients so that they appreciate what we do and have a clear understanding. We cannot take for granted that everyone was raised with a well-versed cultural background. EDUCATION is the KEY to a milliner's success! It is VITAL!
We are so EXCITED to be featured in Daily Candy's Roundup!!! Especially in anticipation of the coming royal wedding, there is so much talk especially.... HAT TALK about what everyone will be wearing! We are anxious to see what Kate's headdress of choice will be as she steps into the spotlight! There is so much speculation about her wearing a fascinator!!! We are hearing so much about FASCINATORS!!!! Isn't that FASCINATING!!! .... Well in the meantime, check out our headress of choice this season, Royal High-ness!!!! Ta-da!
Thanks to all of you that watched my debut on television! It was exciting to get a chance to show you myself on television along with the collection of hats!!! I am so grateful for all the wonderful opportunities coming my way lately! I am truly blessed! I also want to say thank you to all of my clients!!! Without you I wouldn't be able to do my passion!!!
Anyway, I am posting the you tube video here on my blog! Enjoy!!
Tonight was my debut on television! I was asked by the host of Nostalgia Alley, Mike to appear as a guest on the show with my friend and advocate, David Heffernan of Revolution in Maplewood, NJ! This was my first appearance on television. I hope you like it! ( and yes, I hope I do too!!) I wasn't really prepared to do the show and didn't know what kinds of questions he was going to ask so don't be too hard on me!! lol!!! Nonetheless, you will hear about my inspiration and have a chance to see styles from the Fall/Winter '11 collection along with Spring/Summer '11 as models take the stage!!! The show will air a bunch of times on SOMA TV and you can see the show on www.youtube.com. Stay tuned for more details!!! LB ;) xo
I got a call this morning about doing a TV show for public access television for SOMA TV. The program is called Nostalgia Alley. I will be talking about millinery and how I got into designing hats. I am excited to speak about such an interesting topic and the lost art and it's return to the fashion scene.
I'll keep you posted on when it will air so all of you avid friends and fans can tune into my television debut!!! lol....
Exciting news!!! We just mailed the "Country Gentleman" to Fred Segal!!!! This hat comes in a natural, dark natural, and burnt color. Look for this hat on the west coast in this exclusive shop!!! We look forward to working with Fred Segal and increasing our business with this store!!!! This hat is a GREAT west coast hat and provides ideal sun coverage in the trend neutral colors!
I am on a spiritual journey, nothing to do with religion but more of a connection with my deep inner self. This morning I watched a video on one of my favorite places, Martha's Vineyard with jazz music in the background. I am feeling more in the moment and in tune with my designs and I am cranking out these beautiful creations! I am currently designing the Country Gentleman and Greta. Loving the landscapes of Martha's Vineyard, especially Gayhead, a place I had visited in a dream before I actually had been there. It is a very peaceful and beautiful place. The landscape and beauty of this place bring me to a place of beauty within myself...... Join me on my adventure!!!
It has been a while since my last post..... I am now entering my BUSY season so more time will be spent designing hats than writing about them..... I would like however to bow my head in honor to the fabulous ever so glam..... Elizabeth Taylor and the over the top life she led! I love this picture of her... GO FIGURE! She is wearing a hat here in Neiman Marcus... The hat reminds me of some of the hats I designed for Spring '11 with the color and gold chains!!! http://www.flickr.com/photos/smu_cul_digitalcollections/5553588259/
Enjoy.... and as a tribute here is a hat similar to the one she is wearing.... Ode to you... Liz Taylor, woman of style!
We can't tell you all the details yet... but hey it makes it all that more EXCITING!!! We are working on a bunch of cool venues in the next coming months!! We had a MAJOR SUCCESSFUL trunk show in Maplewood at REVOLUTION .... it caused such a STIR that we have been invited to show a collection of hats at some really COOL VENUES! Also, we have been asked by a new site for more information on the ONE OF A KIND bridal headpieces! We are working out the DETS and we will be sure to keep you posted once we have more info!!! We look forward to sharing more info..... but for now.... we're on the down low but SUPER PUMPED!!! STAY TUNED!!!!!
Yesterday's shopping trip through the garment district left me ogling over black shiny chains, crystals, feathers, vintage beading..... etc.... and if that isn't enough to wet your appetite..... I am thinking "Black Swan" inspired headpieces as the next "BIG" trend in wedding headdresses! So inspiring.... I can't wait to get started on my next "BIG" collection! I plan to mix the unexpected to come up with a new trend in wedding headpieces.... try these pieces out for fun as well, who needs a wedding???? Rocker chic is another description for the magical concoctions I will be creating. Stay tuned for more!!!
Please be our guest at a reception to welcome designer Lisa Battaglia to Revolution. Although Lisa Battaglia is a Maplewood resident, this is the first time her inspired collection of hats will be available here. Join us as we welcome Lisa and celebrate her creative designs in our store. Enjoy an evening of cocktails and music by vocalist Jay Dougherty of the Jaybirds, as Lisa's exclusive collection for Revolution is modeled in the intimate setting of our store.Meet the designer and view a demonstration of her traditional hat making techniques.
Focusing on reclaimed materials and recycled goods, this eclectic home store walks the line between vintage and new. Owner David Heffernan has put together an unusual mix of furniture and accessories for the home. David's specialty is constructing tables, which he forges from reclaimed wood. He also works on other wood pieces including kitchen cabinets. He is also a master at faux finishing and has taught the subject at the Newark Museum.
Other original artists' work is displayed here as well, ranging from paintings and prints for your home, to sculptural pieces created from a blend of recycled goods.