In Palo Alto we’re talking a “Downtown Cap” although some describe it more like a halo, a scarf (scharff?) or hint, but a short stroll to Town & Country yields actual, practical wearable and stylish millinery objects, like at Malia Mills, where I cajoled Rhea to pose in a smart and classy Kalava hat by Helen Kaminski ($245).
Malia Mills has 11 stores, which kept them out of certain SF neighborhoods, to the Palo Altans advantage. Malia herself is a Cornell grad, but her brother went to Dartmouth. (I had name-checked Eugenia Kim ’96, which drew me further in, that Rhea, and then Jessica, kept me talking: Malia herself had addressed but probably not dressed the Dartmouth Club recently).
Come for the sonja pants, stay for hats by Tracey Watts, Lisa Battaligia, Kokia* or Kaminski.
Terry, my Terry, has a birthday coming up in June so we shall see. (Terry shopped and partied at “Malika’s” which added to my confusion. Oddly and not to ruin it, but I ran in to Christy Wolf, who said that Remi is at USC Thornton furthering her musicality; maybe deals can be made to dress or top Remi Wolf with hats by Rhea and Jessica at Malia Mills; if you get her going, but before getting 86’d, Jessica also can riff on Tim Draper and his proposal to divide The Golden State into six fiefdoms; she’s reading poli sci at SJSU; Plastic Alto the blog is a weird conflation of everything from Plato’s Allegory of the Cave to Capri pants invented by Sonja, or am trying).
edit to add or and1 or and2: what draws me into to these situations, clearly I’m on thin ice, or thick fall risk ice, is that I once pitched the Raleigh, North Carolina milliner Mary Michele Little, circa 1992 and pre-dating Earthwise of Palo Alto, and that it calls to mind my Gunn classmate and Oracle colleague Jean Watt now known as Lucky Magazine editor at large former product editor Jean Godfrey June, although I hear tell months later that Conde Naste sold the title:
*I’m such a poseur: it’s KOKIN, darling.
two days later: I stopped Lori Hobson in front of Coupa Cafe on Ramona and channeling Bill Cunningham shot her in a Eugenia Kim she bought locally from a department store: