Tami Lynn Collection of Accessories Makes Debut

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Industry manager and producer designs trend-setting knit "ponytail" hats, sweater vests and scarves with pure star power.

Tami Lynn Collection

I realized after I designed these ponytail hats, that this was not just a knit hat and a newsboy cap; I really created a style

The new Tami Lynn Collection of knits is hitting stores and the streets, with its signature pieces -- the ponytail hat and newsboy cap 'worn with your own natural ponytail hairdos' -- sure to set a trend in fashion-headwear style.

Named so for the opening in the crown of the hat that allows one to wear a ponytail hairdo, the hat and cap are designed for the 75 percent of women across the country who say they wear ponytails. They alleviate the "cone head" appearance, which occurs when wearing a ponytail under a traditional knit cap, and compliment an overall look as chic accessories.

"I realized after I designed these ponytail hats, that this was not just a knit hat and a newsboy cap; I really created a style," says the line's designer, Tami Lynn. In the past, when a girl put her hair in a ponytail, she wanted to get it out of her face. Hollywood has changed that…ponytail hairdos are worn by celebrities everywhere, from casual to the Red Carpet. These hats make it so you want to put your hair in a ponytail because it's such a great look."

The hat line includes the Ponytail Knit Hat and Ponytail Knit Newsboy Cap, designed for cooler months, and the Ponytail Crochet Newsboy Cap, designed for more summery weather and adorned with a crocheted flower.

Lynn says she got the inspiration for the ponytail hat while on a television shoot in a cold climate, where many women with ponytails were wearing hats. A ponytail wearer herself, she noticed a lack of headwear that complimented the hairstyle.

"For some reason it just stuck with me, seeing these pointed cone heads," she says. "I realized there was nothing out there that was trendy looking and sharp looking that you wear with your ponytail."

Lynn then hired a professional knitter and created these unique, trendy ponytail hats. The knit hat is designed three ways: for a low-ponytail, a high-ponytail and for pigtails. Males are catching on to the low-ponytail hats, especially bikers who like to wear them under their helmets.

The Tami Lynn Collection also includes the Double Pocket Scarf, designed for warmth and softness as well as for MP3 players and cell phones close to the ears, and the Sweater Vest, a short-sleeve kimono-style belted item.

Lynn says she was inspired for the sweater vest by one she has had since the early 1960s, "the sweater I always grabbed when I walked out the door."

All of the pieces are designed for ultimate softness, she says. The knit items are in plush acrylics and cashmeres, and the crocheted newsboys caps are made in light acrylic. New spring versions of the sweater vest are also being produced in a lighter acrylic. A newsboy cap for spring will feature a Hawaiian print on the visor.

The knits are created in a cable stitch, which Lynn describes as "the most beautiful of stitches."

Lynn knows a hit when she sees it. She has been a producer and manager in the entertainment industry for more than 30 years, producing a number of feature films and documentaries, as well as the NBC television series JESSE. She has launched and managed the careers of dozens of stars, including Valerie Bertinelli for 10 years, and Christina Applegate for 26 years.

The pieces are being produced by Classic Threads, of New York, one of the country's oldest and most successful distributors of clothing.

Retail price points range from $25 to $75. The items are currently being sold online at http://www.tamilynncollection.com, and in boutiques in the US, Canada, and the Netherlands. The Tami Lynn Collection will also be featured at the MAGIC trade show in Las Vegas, booth #AC40805 on February 12th - 15th, 2008.

The Tami Lynn Collection features "ponytail" hats and caps, double-pocket scarves and sweater vests designed by 30-year industry insider Tami Lynn, of Woodland Hills. It boasts instant-trend-setting style, as well as extreme comfort and functionality. The line may be viewed at http://www.tamilynncollection.com.

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