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Mad about hats! • Brooklyn Paper

Mad about hats!

Wise guy: Whether you’re going for an old-school look or doing it to be ironic, there are plenty of haberdashers in Brooklyn ready to fit your head with a hat to match.

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].

Mazel tops

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].

Chic peaks

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].

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