March 12, 2009 22:48

Sales of Aretha's inauguration hat go through the roof

Detroit milliner has more than 5,000 orders

Sales of Aretha's inauguration hat go through the roof
Detroit milliner Luke Song has received more than 5,000 orders for the spring version of the hat that Aretha Franklin wore at President Obama's inauguration earlier this year.

Song designed a new version of the giant bow hat for general sale after Franklin chose it to wear in January, as he does not want to sell an exact replica. The actual hat has been donated by Franklin to the Smithsonian Museum, where it will remain until being moved to Obama's presidential library.

Song said he had given Franklin three hats to choose from, but told The New York Times that he was very happy with her ultimate choice.

"I'm so glad she chose that one," he said. "It was the one I was pushing her to wear."

Mr. Song's business has increased rapidly since the inauguration, and he expects his sales to increase from $1 million last year to $6-$7 million dollars this year.

--By our New York staff.
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