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Contemporary Design, Vintage Inspiration, Traditional Technique

Barbara Feinman and Julia Knox head up a small team of milliners who hand craft hats on the premises, using traditional tools, methods and materials.

In their tiny back room workshop, surrounded by an incredible selection of felts, straws and trims, the work is done on a sewing machine which dates back to the industrial revolution. The block collection, on which the hats are molded, has been built over a period of 20 years since Barbara's first semester at FIT, and includes blocks from more than a century ago, as well as from every decade since.

The petite treasure box of a store is brimming with a vast array of styles for men and women, inspired by every era. In the heart of NYCs East Village, the milliners carry on a long tradition of headwear made in Manhattan. They take pride in making hats for everyone and every when, in sizes from extra small to extra large, for every occasion, and for everyday. Styles are available off-the rack and custom-made. Twenty years of experience make Barbara and her team experts at finding the perfect hat for each and every person who walks through the door.

The clientele has always been made up of those who value quality and craftmanship. Drawn by a reputation which has spread by word of mouth, the BFM customer comes seeking unique, authentic pieces to elevate their wardrobe to the next level. A high value is placed on functionality and versatility, each hat designed to be an expression of who its wearer is, or aspires to be.

In addition to the hats made on site, the selection is completed with work by local designers: Knox Hats Revisited, Two Foxes, Firsthand by Denise Arellano, Laura Catignani Millinery and Olena Zylak, as well as a few classics from Stetson and furs from Canada. Complementing the hats, you'll find a selection of handcrafted jewelry all made in the USA.

Established in 1998, Barbara Feinman Millinery is carrying on a valued tradition of local independent business in a world where this is ever more rare.

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