THE HAT LADIES IN CHARLESTON ARE HIGH ON
recently heard from Archie Burkel, the founder of a group
called The Hat Ladies. There are 200 members, and they all
have one thing in common: They wear Hats, love Hats and want
everyone else to wear Hats. Burkel and her Hat Happy members
live in Charleston, South Carolina and are entering their
10th year as Hat Ladies.
Burkel and the Hat Ladies are hosting female Ambassadors
and Officials to the United Nations at The Hats of The World
Luncheon at the Romanian Mission in New York on January 20,
2011. Their international guests are encouraged to wear
hats that represent their country. To help with the event
they are looking for sponsors in the headwear industry.
Sponsors for the luncheon will get the benefit of publicity
generated for the event.
Burkel, a motivational speaker, thinks about hats 24/7
and enjoys hat wearing and hat promoting non-stop. "I
believe people are born hat wearers, whether male or female,
but they don't always have the confidence or occasion to
wear them. I created the Hat Ladies to give women confidence
and the occasion to wear them."
The group has a monthly luncheon in a nice restaurant in
the Charleston area. They started with 18 women (total
strangers) with the purpose of gathering together to wear
hats. "I cannot walk down the street without people of all
ages - male and female - complementing me and sharing their
hat stories. I can't drive the down the street without
people honking and giving me the thumbs up."
Burkel is convinced that women and men need to know which
shape hat looks best on them. And she doesn't think that
"Hat Hair" is a big deal. "I know the styles that look best
on me and I wear my hat all day long – in essence you look
better that way. Your hair won't look as good six hours
after you leave the house anyway. A hat holds my bangs in
place, and I look as good when I come home as when I left my
house. A hat never needs to come off."
The Hat Ladies are also involved in philanthropy. They
support different organizations and volunteer to help at
fund raisers, cultural events and other community events.
And, they wear hats wherever they go. "We are a stylish
brigade of volunteers making a difference in the world and
in self-images," she said.
The Hat Ladies also visit a local children's hospital,
bringing hats and material for the children to decorate
hats. They also give money to a graduating high school
female who exemplifies their ideals – a concern for her
appearance, an ability to relate to people of all ages and
Their Motto is: "When you look good you feel good and
when you feel good you do good."
If you want to know more about this group (or sponsor
their upcoming event) contact Archie at