October 26, 2008

Hats Off to You

Wandering around Stanton Street on the Lower East Side, Pak and I came across a beautifully efficient sign for the Hat Restaurant aka El Sombrero. The food's supposed to be average at this New York Mexican standby, but the sign is fuel for a graphic designer.

It made me think of and pull out The Hat Book from my personal library. With photos by Rodney Smith and design by Leslie Smolan and Jennifer Domer of Carbone Smolan Associates, this whimsical publication is a winning example of classic 90s design. 

Stylish hats have made a comeback in the fashion world in recent years. But seriously, can anyone rock a hat like the "Citizen in Downtown Havana", 1932 by American photographer Walker Evans? - AT

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