Established in 1911, J.J. Hat Center ® is New York’s oldest hat shop. For over one hundred years, we have prided ourselves on offering excellent customer service and expert advice to help all our customers find a hat that suits their individual style. We strive to make your hat buying experience memorable and enjoyable while providing you with New York City's biggest selection of head-wear, with over 10,000 high-quality and responsibly sourced hats in stock at all times. Whether you are visiting our store, or are interested in purchasing a hat from afar, our expert staff is always available to answer any questions.

Holiday Gift Guide

From newsboys, ivys and beanies, to luxurious leather gloves and elegant scarves,
short brims, wide brims and everything in between, we've got your Christmas headwear gifts covered.

Shop our holiday gift guide HERE

First Snow-Fall in NYC November 2023

Winter is on its way, as we welcome the first snow-fall in the approach to winter here in NYC. Grab a new hat, and keep warm this season.

JJ Hat Center on the screen and stage

As a New York hat company, we are privileged to have the Metropolitan Opera as customers of ours.

If you are in town, please visit The Metropolitan Opera at Broadway and Lincoln Square. The performances are unforgettable, and make memories of a lifetime.

Recently, we are also honored to have our hats on stage on Broadway, used in the musicals "Girl From The North Country" and "MJ: The Musical", as well as on the sets of recent film/TV productions "Bupkis", "Dutchman" and "The Marvelous Mrs Maisel".

Extended opening hours on Sundays

As of Sunday, November 26th, our Fifth Avenue store will be open from 12pm - 6pm. We look forward to welcoming you though our doors.

Our shelves are stocked and ready for the holidays

Come by the store Mon-Sat 10am-6pm / Sun 12-6pm (Closed Thanksgiving Day)
Photo Credit: Townsend
Visual merchandising: Leron

JJ Hat Center opening hours this upcoming Thanksgiving week

Get the traditional JJ Hat Center experience on Sundays (Open from 12-6pm)

Occasionally, JJ Hat Center is very busy. No surprise, mostly on Fridays and Saturdays.

In case you have to wait a moment, there are two club chairs near the entrance.
In addition, there is now a bench towards the back of the store, on the right.
It is a bit calmer there.

Of the traditional shopping days, Friday to Sunday, the Sunday seems a bit calmer now.

For extended consultations with our most knowledgeable, and experienced associates with undivided attention, we are working on a "make an appointment" system.

Thank you for your patronage and patience.

Welcoming Sam on Sundays - November 2023

Today, Sunday, November 12th, our summer intern 2023, Sam, a 3rd generation hat lover, starts as a paid intern on Sundays.

Tip of the hat, Sam, for starting early in life.

One of the current owners started his career as a University intern at the 1st Stetson store.

JJ Hat Center - Reception - October 2023

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The New York Times

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The Blacklist (TV Show)

Season 1 Episode 2


JJ Hat Center has had a long standing relationship with the successful TV show "The Blacklist". Not only did the store provide hats for each season, it also featured in an episode with our very own staff member, Roderick (left), starring in the show alongside James Spader (right).



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Sister Mag

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Yahoo Finance 

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Hat Size Guide

Using a tape measure, measure the widest part of your head (just above the ears and eyebrows) to the nearest 1/8th of an inch.

If you have not purchased a new hat recently, please remeasure your head, as sizes may change depending on hair style, weight loss/gain, and age.

Please also keep in mind that hat sizes vary depending on the manufacturer, so if you are unsure of which size to order, please contact us on and we’ll be happy to advise.

If you are in between hat sizes, try this cotton sizing to make adjustments at home.

For more information on stretching a hat, click here


size guide


How do I measure my glove size?

Your glove size is measured with a flexible measuring tape. Measure around your dominant hand at the broadest point, excluding the thumb. Below you find an overview of the different sizes for women and men.


Circumference in cm 15 15,5 16 16,5 17 18 19 20,5 22 23 24 26 27
Size 4 4,5 5 5,5 6 6,5 7 7,5 8 8,5 9 9,5 10
Children S M M L L XL XL - - - - - -
Women - XS XS S S M M L L XL XL - -
Men - - - - - - S S M M L L XL