January 15th marks National Hat Day!
Honoring Mary Dixon Kies, an inspiring innovator in the fashion industry!
Wearing a hat versus not wearing a hat is the difference between looking adequate and looking your best. – Levine Hat Co.
Mary Dixon Kies (1752-1837) was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame posthumously in 2006 for her process for weaving straw with silk. She was the first woman to apply and receive a U.S. patent with her own name, and only one of 20 issued to a woman before the year 1840. Kies’ process, adopted by the hat-making industry, was praised by President James Madison’s wife, Dolly, for helping to improve New England’s economic growth. This process was well used for more than a decade and influenced the way we construct a very popular fashion accessory — hats.
Adding to that legacy is 2018’s lineup of best-dressed heads.