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Feb 16, 2012

Top It Some More

We won't blame you if you thought the era of the milliner, haberdasher, and cordwainer were long gone. With designer-label ready-to-wear fashions available everywhere from Tar-jay to Ebay, who out there would still bother with the painstaking craftsmanship it takes to create just one item of clothing for the sartorially inclined?

The Goorin Brothers, that's who.

Nestled in the historic Village area of New York City, alongside small boutiques and old-world tea shops, their century-old hat shop of the same name continues a long tradition of fine millinery. Master craftsman Cassel Goorin started the business 1895 in Pittsburgh, Penn.; nearly 50 years later his sons moved the shop to the West Coast. Today, Goorin Brothers hat shops can be found nationwide. Classic hats such as the derby, porkpie, cloche, floppy, and America’s favorite, the fedora, are handmade using antique blocks and the highest quality wool. While the brothers rest on tradition, they continue to look ahead: most recently the brand launched its Heritage Line: A tribute to Cassel Goorin. And, if you're not a fan of the topper (for fear of the dreaded hat-hair), Goorin Brothers also offers a variety of scarves, gloves, and headbands.

It's enough to flip your lid over.

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