East Village Hats is one of very few New York shops where hats are actually made on the premises. The hats are hand-blocked and hand-crafted from start to finish, using techniques and equipment that have scarcely changed since the 19th Century. These time-honored methods suit Julia and her team very well. In the store workshop, surrounded by an incredible selection of felts, straws and trims, the work is done on a sewing machine which dates back to the industrial revolution. The block collection, on which the hats are molded, has been built over a period of 25 years since Julia's predecessor, Barbara Feinman, first started her career as a milliner, and includes blocks from more than a century ago, as well as from every decade since. Julia has continued to grow the selection, adding blocks of her own design. Styles are available off-the rack and custom-made. Years of experience make the team experts at finding the perfect hat for each and every person who walks through the door. Their clientele has always been made up of those who value quality and craftsmanship. Drawn by a reputation which has spread by word of mouth, their customer comes seeking unique, authentic pieces to elevate their wardrobe to the next level. A high value is placed on functionality and versatility, each hat designed to be an expression of who its wearer is, or aspires to be. In addition to the hats made on site, the selection is completed with work by emerging designers: Maor Zabar, Two Foxes, Tierre Taylor, Firsthand by Denise Arellano and Laura Catignani Millinery. Complementing the hats, you'll find a selection of handcrafted leather goods by Satchel and Page all made in North America. East Village Hats offers workshops aimed at sharing hat making skills with the community. The classes are taught for all levels, absolute beginners can take introduction courses while more experienced craftsmen and milliners will find all kinds of skill building workshops by a variety of teachers. East Village Hats also offers reblocking of vintage hats and old favorites as well as restoration and retrimming.
Tuesday- Saturday 12.00 - 7.30pm Sunday 1 - 7pm
Manhattan, NY 10003