Couture Hats, Fascinators & Headpieces, Handmade in NYC

New York, United States | 32 Sales


Couture Hats, Fascinators & Headpieces, Handmade in NYC

New York, United States 32 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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New hats in my shop! Pleated felts with free form hand blocked creases on gorgeous new fur felt. A laborious process with amazing results!
A new hat in the works; shape is finished now figuring out ribbon and trim For another bright and colorful fedora, check out this hat in my Etsy shop


Hand Blocked Hats, Made in New York

I am that really creative person who graduated college and had no idea what to do with my life. I hopped from job to job, stacking books and answering customer emails. While temping and struggling to find something meaningful, my mother said "you need to do something creative. Go make hats or something." And so I did. I went to FIT, took classes and soon after secured an apprenticeship with an incredible local milliner. It wasn't long before I realized that this was what I was meant to be doing.

I inherited my hat blocks from a milliner who wanted to pass her collection down to someone with a love of the craft. I get tremendous pleasure using these blocks and feel so privileged to own these items that are art pieces in and of themselves.

Millinery is a fulfilling medium. I start with just a piece of felt or straw and end up with a work of art. I'm amazed each and every time and I fall in love with each hat. When I first started, it was hard to part with any of my hats but now I'm happy to sell them. It means that people really appreciate the long hours and hard work that I put into making a hat.

About my hats:
For fall/winter hats, I use high-end felts made of fur. I like to use velour and beaver furs (both made of rabbit hair) and also love to use a suede or cashmere felt. The felts are incredibly luxurious yet durable. To make the hats, the felts are blocked and roped, cut and sewn, ribboned and wired and then finished.

For spring/summer, I tend to work with straw. I like to use Parasisol and I'm now starting to work with other straws. Straws are temperamental; you have to be tough but gentle when working with them or else you'll have a lumpy, ripped, straw hat.

Everything you see here can be made for you specifically. If you like a shape or a trim, I can work with you and design something very special for you. Not sure of what you want? Let me help you. The pictures you see are samples; the hat you receive will be made just for you.

Thank you for shopping with me.

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  • Penny Klein Levy

    Owner, Designer

    I make hats using the blocking process which includes using steam, rope, pins and millinery blocks. I work with fur felt made of rabbit hair in the winter and straw in the summer.

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Last updated on October 7, 2015
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Returns and exchanges
I am custom making your hat for you and I want you to be perfectly happy. If for some reason you're not thrilled with your hat, you can send it back for a refund or exchange it for another. Hats must be postmarked and returned within 3 days of receipt and must be in perfect condition. There can be no makeup or dirt on the inside head-size ribbon. You are responsible for return shipping. Please insure the package so that it does not get damaged in transit. I cannot accept a damaged hat.
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All hats are custom made after you place an order. Custom orders will go out within 2-3 weeks of your purchase.

I will send your item via USPS. All items will be insured and can be tracked. Your hats will be sent in sturdy cardboard boxes with tissue paper/bubble wrap for shipping; if you would like a hat box in addition to the shipping box, please contact me.

Please note that once a package is shipped I am no longer in control of arrival times. If you are experiencing a delay, please contact your local post office. Please note that if you are an international buyer shipping can take up to 6 weeks. Customs may open or hold your package without notice. There is nothing I can do about this as it just depends on how your customs office works.

If upon receiving your purchase the hat is damaged, contact me right away. Send me 3 pictures of the hat and ship it back to me. When I receive the hat, I will refund your purchase or remake your item for you free of cost.
Additional policies and FAQs
Each hat is one-of-a-kind. Making these hats takes time and care. Some listings are for unique items that may vary slightly from the photograph. I do my very best to provide you with the most beautiful, best quality work possible.