To get in on the hat trick this season there are plenty of haberdashers of all kinds in the borough — from those that carry the finest beaver fur hats to shops that stock the hippest of headpieces.
Fedoras to die for
A purveyor of fine hats for ladies and gents since 1895, Goorin Bros is perhaps Brooklyn’s most comprehensive millinery shop — they make and sell everything from knits and cold-weather hatting to flapper styles, fedoras, and fascinators.
[195 Fifth Ave. between Berkeley Place and Union Street in Park Slope, (718) 783–4287, www.goorin.com].
Krausz Hatters is a traditional Jewish-specialty hat shop and an excellent place to pick up a shtreimel — a wide fur hat worn for special occasions — black dress-fedora, or other religious style of headgear. The shop can also service other stiff-felt hats that have lost their form or structure, as well as straighten or lengthen brims, or give well-loved hats a thorough steam-cleaning.
[4911 12th Ave. between 49th and 50th streets, (347) 663–5673, www.krauszhatters.com].
Top of the noggin
New York’s oldest hat shop, Pork Pie Hatters’ Williamsburg outpost, proffers men’s headgear ranging from blue-collar to black-tie and has an exclusive collaboration with Italian hat-maker Borsalino. Also, they have a great beret collection.
[441 Metropolitan Ave. between N. Fifth Street and Meeker Avenue in Williamsburg, (347) 457–6519, wwww.porkpiehatters.com].
Brimming with brims
Bencraft Hatters has been a family-run business for over 50 years old. This men’s hat shop offers a variety of brands and styles, such as cowboy hats, and newsy caps, and is something of a one-stop-shop for any style or occasion, from everyday to formal.
[236 Broadway, at S. Eight Street in Williamsburg, (718) 384–5517, www.bencrafthats.com].
Sherel’s handcrafts tasteful toppers for ladies, habitually gracing celebrity noggins of Katy Perry, Hilary Duff, Blake Lively, Mischa Barton, and Leighton Meester. It specializes in “block hats,” which are molded around a wooden form, and holds a collection of 2,500 wooden blocks, some of which are over 100 years old. Don’t miss the pre-tied head scarves.
[1314 Avenue J between E. 14th and E. 13th streets in Midwood, (718) 258–5687 www.sherels.com].