Rare Kate Ferretti Antique Fine Straw Hat Pink Flowers (15" diameter) In original Denver Dry Goods box (16" x 16" x 8"). I have collected many wonderful pieces of vintage clothing, and this was my favorite hat of all time. Kate was an entrepreneur who became a famous milliner, even making hats for Molly Brown. Here is a little more information about her career from History Colorado.She established a successful millinery business. By the 1940s, Ferretti was a nationally known hatmaker. Kate Ferretti was born on January 3, 1891 in Denver, Colorado. She was born with the name Henrietta Malnati.
Her older brother, Carl, told her first grade teacher that her name was Kate and the nickname stuck. Ferrettis parents, Henry and Louisa, were immigrants from Italy. Her father was a granite cutter. He found work in Denver building the Colorado State Capitol building.Ferretti got her first job at the Denver Golden Eagle store where she learned the trade of millinery. Millinery is the business of making hats. After two years, she had learned a lot. She went to work at Denver Dry Goods and her hat making skills became very sought after. Eventually, she began making hats for the Villa de Paris store. Villa de Paris was a store that catered to Denvers high society. Margaret (Molly) Brown wearing a Kate Ferretti hat. Here Ferretti would make hats for many of Denvers influential women.
She even made hats for the unsinkable Molly Brown! While working at Villa de Paris, she met Giocomo Ferretti and married him on April 10, 1917.Ferretti saw an opportunity to become the preferred milliner for Denvers wealthiest women. She established her own business, working from her home. Eventually, she was able to open her own shop in North Denvers Little Italy area. She traveled to Paris twice a year for materials and traveled to customers in Utah, Texas, and New Mexico.
Ferrettis business thrived, as wealthy women continued to need skilled hatmakers that could tailor to their fashion needs. She was also able to expand her business. She would bring the clothing back to Denver to sell. During the peak of her success, Ferretti employed at least three fulltime workers.Her daughter Ann came to work with her and learned everything there was to know about hat making. Her sons took care of the finances of the business. Her children took over the business. Ferretti died in Denver in 1987.
The item "Rare Kate Ferretti Antique Fine Straw Hat Pink Flowers In Box" is in sale since Wednesday, April 22, 2020. This item is in the category "Clothing, Shoes & Accessories\Specialty\Vintage\Vintage Accessories\Women's Hats". The seller is "seaside*vintage" and is located in Pueblo, Colorado. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Turks and caicos islands, Bangladesh, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Nicaragua, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Viet nam, Uruguay, South africa, Colombia, Antigua and barbuda, Saint lucia, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman islands, Sri lanka, Maldives, Oman, Reunion, Montserrat.