Ok, it wasn’t actually seen from that awesome Inauguration Day satellite shot. But so many people fell in love with her bodacious bow and hat during her rendition of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” that calls began pouring into the hat’s shop origin. The Detroit hat shop owned by Luke Song has become quite popular in the last few days.
From the AP:
Franklin, who wore a gray felt custom-designed hat from Mr. Song Millinery, has inadvertently caused an economic boom for the South Korean immigrant’s store.
Song said he wasn’t prepared for the hundreds of calls requesting the hat with a Swarovski rhinestone-bordered bow.
“We even have a lot of men calling to get it for their wives, mothers and grandmothers,” Song said.
The hat worn by the “Queen of Soul” was hand-molded and would cost upward of $500 — if it were for sale, the 36-year-old designer said. Customers instead were offered a satin ribbon version for $179.
“They want the same hat, but they understand it’s for the ‘Queen’ only,” he said. “Ninety-nine percent said, ‘That’s fine. I’ll get the next best thing.’”
The family millinery has been in Detroit for about 25 years, and Franklin has been a customer for about 20 of those years. The store also sells to about 500 boutiques across the country.
“We always make hats for her for high-profile events, so for us, the inauguration really was no big deal,” Song told The Associated Press on Thursday.
The design for Franklin’s hat came from two different hats at the store.
“She walked through the shop and said ‘I want that bow (put) on that hat,’” he said. “She had the coat already, but she needed the hat to set it off.”
I, for one, loved her hat. I even became a fan of it (yes, the hat itself) on Facebook. It shouted “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” with the diva-ness that only Aretha could exude. Admit it: no one else could wear that hat and get away with it. So for all of you that are bombarding Mr. Song’s shop, just quit it. You cannot and will not be able to wear Aretha’s hat without looking like a fool.
This is from my view at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration: