Famed hat designer Sally Victor was born Sally Josephs in Scranton PA on Feb 23, 1905. Her early education included studying painting in Paris France for two years. In 1927 she married Sergiu Victor who was a hat manufacturer. Her design career began when she was a millinery buyer at Macy’s Department Store in New York City. In 1934 she was given $10,000 by her husband to setup her own shop. She was so successful, sometimes called the dean of American millinery design, within five years Sergiu closed his own manufacturing company and joined her.
Victor had her own ideas on millinery for women. Victor declared a good hat can be worn any time. “You can wear a black velvet hat in June or a white hat in November if the it looks well”. Her goal was to design hats that made women look prettier.