This season's inspiration comes from the island of Cuba, where warm tropical breezes caress the towering palms, and if you allow your imagination to serve you, you go back in time to a place where film noir lives. It's a vintage period, where women were women, and men were men. The room is dimly lit with flickering candles, while a small band plays in the corner of the room, and conversations between couples can be heard. Behind the billowing sheer curtain you notice a silhouette of a woman in a hat, holding a cigar. Fixated on her silhouette, she is walking toward you. As she comes closer you notice the flow of her dress, her poise and the smoke as it drifts from her cigar. Her eyes are locked with yours, as she moves the curtain aside and enters the room. The mysterious woman is just as intriguing as she is beautiful, always elegant and always a lady; despite what other say about her unconventional habits. It is the woman who makes the hat, or is it the hat that makes the woman?
Handmade in America, Battaglia's hats, made of fine panama straw are slightly asymmetrical, designed to be worn in a variety of ways to suit the woman; a strong characteristic of Lisa Battaglia's hats. Unique to her signature style is her free-form hand-blocking technique that creates a touch of whimsey with a hint of elegance. Her choice of warm earth tones for 2013 spring and summer collection, makes her hats the perfect accessory to transition from winter to spring. Fedora style hats with shorter brims are great for city wear, while her larger brim hats are suitable for a day at the beach or poolside. Refreshingly playful, yet tailored, Lisa Battaglia's classically inspired hats are always timeless; making them a key wardrobe accessory.