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Looking for a custom look this summer for your parties?  GeauxChapeaux has a variety of custom hat designs available to suit your needs. Plan your party with a custom hat for women designed by milliner June Gumbel.
Did you know you can Visit Geaux Chapeaux Millinery on Etsy Store?
Yes, your favorite high end women's custom millinery Geaux Chapeaux is now on Etsy. Please visit Geaux Chapeaux millinery on Etsy at the following link for your favorite designs of hats.

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Use these discount codes to get 10% off some of our hats until August 15

 

Wool Felt Fedora - use code WOOLFELTFEDORA

Felt Wide Brim - use code WOOLFELTWIDEBRIM

Wool Felt - use code WOOLFELT

Cloche - use code CLOCHE

Wool Pill Box - use code PILLBOX

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Even if California Chrome doesn't win the Triple Crown today at The Belmont Stakes, you can look like a triple crown winner with a custom hat from Geaux Chapeaux Millinery.  We hope he wins today, and hope you take a look at some of our track wear including the Pink Wide Brim Sinamay 

Get your hat in time for the Travers and The Saratoga Racing Season!  Contact us at geauxchapeaux@aol.com

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Today was a scheduled Hat Party.  I’ve certainly had clients over before to look at and to create hats, but today was a more organized event.

First came Nadine and Eva… Nadine had a gift certificate from Christmas that she wanted to redeem … she had been by before to discuss her wishes.

I had her sinamay wide brimmed hat ready to embellish … Nadine’s joy is going through my inventory to create her dream hat.  She loves the feather, the trims and the possibilities. She also found a free form sinamay in pale green with ivory trim and sinamay floral.  She wanted to tweak the shape a bit so I gave them a lesson on steaming sinamay.  They were so amazed at flexibility of the straw to the steam!  She ended up wanting the hat and will be by next week to pick it up.

Then came Karen and Michele … Karen loves black!  We decided on a black knotted straw capelins. She had so much fun selecting the feathers.  Peacock are her favorites.  I taught her how to curl the peacock swords and she has on cloud nine. Now, she has had a hand in creating her own creation.  She has her eye on some brown sinamay for a future date and some bleached peacock feathers to adore it.

Michele was the most open to creativity.  We decided on a red sinamay pill box that I had begun to embellish with ivory crinoline with satin edging.  I had just placed some ivory rooster feathers on it and she was in love. She wanted height. I added some vintage red veiling and she was over the moon!  She will pick up her creation next week.

This rainy day turned into a very fun, creative and profitable day for me.  

My clients are happy and have learned a thing or two about millinery; does it get any better?

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Hat trick

BY PAM BORDELON
pbordelon@theadvocate.com
February 19, 2014



Ever since she was a little girl, June Baranco Gumbel has had a thing for hats. Now she has turned that affinity into a budding career, Geaux Chapeaux.

The Baton Rouge native is returning home Feb. 15 to showcase some of her latest creations for “Tea, Fashion & Fancies” at the LSU Rural Life Museum. The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the LSU Textile & Costume Museum and benefits both museums.

Very apropos considering Gumbel, ex-wife of TV broadcaster Bryant Gumbel, is a graduate of LSU. She finished in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in fine art.

That creativity easily translated into custom millinery when she became frustrated by what she found when shopping for daughter Jillian’s 2011 wedding.

“I couldn’t believe the prices of these headpieces! ” exclaimed Gumbel in a phone interview as she was working on several Mardi Gras hats to bring to the tea party. “I knew I could make something equally as beautiful, if not more so, for a lot less money.

“When I was small, we wore hats all the time,” she continues. “I’ve always liked some sort of adornment in my hair, and over the years, I’ve assembled quite a collection of vintage hats. So, I started taking them apart, studying how they were made.”

Figuring it out wasn’t too hard, she says.

Bryant says her Aunt Eura was a seamstress and taught her to sew by hand when she was only 8 or 9 years old. For her 10th birthday, her parents, Jeannie Baranco and the late Joseph Baranco, gave her a sewing machine. “I still have it,” she says proudly.

Once Gumbel figured out how the hats were made, she began collecting vintage millinery supplies — fabrics, hat blocks, lace, ribbons and more.

“I became the eBay queen,” she says, laughing. “You may have velvet ribbon, but do you have velvet ribbon in every color? In every size? And grosgrain ribbon. Not any grosgrain ribbon will do. It has to be Petersham grosgrain ribbon.”

Year No. 2 had Gumbel buying many vintage hats and making hats full time.

“It’s fun,” she says. “This is my calling. I’ve found out what I’m supposed to do.”

She still paints, primarily in pastels but also in oil, but hats and making a success of Geaux Chapeax is where Gumbel is focusing all her time these days.

And, she’s looking forward to coming home to Baton Rouge to show off her latest creations.

“New York feels like home,” she says, “but I have to have a steady dose of Baton Rouge … my culture.

“Making hats is another creative outlet that inspires me … makes me happy.”

To read the full article, visit June Gumbel throws her designs in the ring with upcoming show

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LSU Tea, Hats and Fancies event was a big success. The event was sold out and was the most financially successful one ever. Spring is definitely in the air ... most ladies were dressed in their favorite hat. It was very colorful and in the spirit of the tea!

Thank you to everyone who attended and to everyone who helped to make it such a success !

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June is excited that her most favorite color, radiant orchid, has been named Pantone's 2014 Color.  

One of our fascinators, the F-1008 Radiant Orchid, is available at Geaux Chapeaux

We are delighted to offer custom designs here at Geaux Chapeaux, and look forward to hearing from you.

geauxchapeaux@aol.com

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Looking for a custom look this winter for your holiday parties?  Now's the time to plan for spring as well with a custom hat for women designed by June Gumbel.

Turn to Geaux Chapeaux Millinery for your unique look this holiday season and this spring

Contact us today at geauxchapeaux@aol.com

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Geaux Chapeaux has a variety of custom designs available for your night on the town.  Based in Westchester, we can ship our hats to anywhere in the world.  Some of our clients live in New York, Saratoga Springs, Greenwich and other areas where custom millinery is admired and cherished.

Contact us today at geauxchapeaux@aol.com

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