Hat Label Sleuthing

After purchasing any vintage item, I love doing a bit of research on its origin. Last weekend, at the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair (a great show, by the way — much improved from last year's!), I picked up a hat with the following label:


For the life of me I can't figure out what this says. It can't possibly read "Hogyartg's." What kind of name is that? Does anyone know what this says or have a guess?


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. I’m guessing Haggarty’s, which was apparently a department store in LA: http://www.groceteria.com/board/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=2283.

  2. I’m guessing that too. It’s very stylized, using a capital cursive G for the second G, and a Y that almost looks like another G.

  3. Hy first thought was “Haggarty’s” too.

  4. Here’s are a few pictures of the Haggarty’s label:
    Not the same… perhaps they changed their logo at one point?
    Or… and this would only send you on a wild goose chase… what if it’s not Haggarty’s at all but two words one starting with H and the other with Y? Probably not… but you never know! ;)

  5. Here’s a card from Haggarty’s with the same style as your hat (y is much better defined) http://www.flickr.com/photos/65359853@N00/5478552646/in/set-72157623858423516. Perhaps didn’t translate well to the hat labels :)

  6. margueritedesigns

    I think it looks like Haggarty’s too … don’t know who they are though …

  7. Yes, I’ll bet it’s Haggarty’s. We used to have one in the town I grew up in.

  8. It looks like you got it figured out. However, congrats on creating the only page on the internet that contains the word “Hogyartg’s.” :)

  9. Maybe it could be that there were a lot of inconsistencies in labels and logos before everything became digitized? Like maybe the embroidery machine was on the fritz one day and made these slightly off labels…This is one of the main reasons I love thrift and vintage–the imperfection…