Couture Hats, Fascinators & Headpieces, Handmade in NYC

New York, United States

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Last updated on May 13, 2019

A hat is a head covering, an accessory, a statement, a persona, a shield, a sculpture, a lunchtime companion, a drama, an accent...


Penny Klein

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Penny Klein


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About PennyKleinMillinery

Sales 46
On Etsy since 2011

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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