Hat Talk

The Hat "Patina"

Posted on February 23, 2013 by Sean O'Toole

 Pork Pie Hatters East village customer Chris Wallace was recently featured in a street style shoot for Details Magazine. In the pictures he looks great! Firstly, I commend Chris on his overall look and his ability to pull off a Borsalino Classico with ease. What caught my attention was the perfectly worn-in condition of his fedora. It quickly sparked a debate in the shop about hat care and maintenance. The traditionalists argued quite convincingly that hat care was part of responsible hat ownership. That the hats we sell are made with such care and attention to detail that it is a shame to let them be worn to the edge of destruction. The guys spend their days reconditioning hats that have been worn for decades. They said that taking proper care of a hat is the right thing to do. 

The less fussy salesmen argued that If you love your hat, it doesn't matter how you show your love. Some people express it by obsessively keeping it out of the rain, and bringing it in every few weeks for a free cleaning and a steam. Others, including Mr. Wallace, wear their hats in, get them just the way they like them, and use them as an umbrella. We have equal respect for both types of hat guys. However I must say that there is something about a properly broken-in hat. A hat that has seen things that you've seen and felt things that you've felt. It is irreplaceable. Luckily we're here to help you try! ; )

Posted in brooklyn, hats, hatter, pork pie, porkpie, reblock

Exclusive Holl NYC Scarves in Stock!

Posted on November 25, 2012 by Sean O'Toole

 

Holl NYC* has launched their fall/winter collection at our stores. Come in or shop online to see these amazing handcrafted scarves and accessories. All materials and finishes are curated by the founder himself and crafted by the finest craftsmen, right here in New York City. The season is here for warmth, and these scarves can provide a cozy alternative to the drab plaids and sullen solids that you have in your closet. 

*Holl NYC is a company founded by by G.E. Holl in 2011 with the ambition of elevating the usage of accessories in men's fashion. They use only the finest quality products and finishes, and are committed to redefining men's dress. All Holl NYC products are designed and manufactured with pride in the U.S.A.

Posted in brooklyn, gloves, hatters, holl, jj, porkpie, scarves

Shop Small Business Saturday!

Posted on November 21, 2012 by Sean O'Toole

 


Shop small on Saturday 11/24 with your American Express card and receive incentives from your card issuer. Go to AmericanExpress.com for more details. To celebrate Small Business Saturday Pork Pie Hatters East Village will have extended hours. Our hours for Saturday are listed below. Be sure to shop small this holiday season at JJ Hat Center and Pork Pie Hatters.

Hours Sat 11/24:
JJ Hat Center------------------- 9:30am to 5:30pm
Pork Pie Hatters (E. Village)- 9:00am to 8:00pm
Pork Pie Hatters (Brooklyn)-- 12:00pm to 8:00pm



Posted in block, brooklyn, hats, hatter, hatters, jj, pork pie, porkpie, rain, reblock, reshape, stetson, trilby, vintage

Getting Back to Normal

Posted on November 01, 2012 by Sean O'Toole

This week, we have received many emails, phone calls and Facebook messages from customers and friends all around the world. We appreciate the concern, and have been truly moved by the well wishes we've gotten from as far away as Asia, and as close as Brooklyn. All of our guys made it through just fine, and while some of us may still not have power, all of our families are doing well. Rod, Colin, Jose, Marc, and Kevin are manning JJ's for the next few days. Sean and Gabe will be at the Brooklyn store. We will reopen the East Village shop as soon as the electricity is restored. Come by, share your storm stories, and get warmed up if you need to. We're here, doing what we've done for the past 101 years.

Posted in brooklyn, hatter, hatters, jj, porkpie, rain, trilby, vintage

Tropical Storm Sandy Brings Hat Weather

Posted on October 26, 2012 by Sean O'Toole


With tropical storm Sandy looming off the Eastern Seaboard, the rain is going to be intense this coming week. Our Rain Collection is sure to keep you dry and warm during the storm. Any of our Fur Felt hats also perform well on rainy days, but be warned, the type of soaking that Sandy is looking to bring our way may result in a hat that needs to be reshaped. Not to worry though, we will reshape any hat that may need it free of charge.

Posted in block, brooklyn, hats, hatter, hatters, porkpie, rain, reblock, reshape

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We are New York's oldest and one of the world's most renowned hat shops. Established in 1911, we bring you the finest hats and caps coupled with excellent service and a staff consisting of some of the most knowledgeable hat people in the industry. We provide hands on service, expert advice and a well rounded selection of headwear that includes fedoras, newsboy caps, berets and much more.