Contemporary Design, Vintage Inspiration, Traditional Technique
Barbara Feinman Millinery is made by a small team of milliners led by Julia Emily Knox, who hand craft hats on the premises of East Village Hats on 7th Street in the East Village, using traditional tools, methods and materials.
In their on-site 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 25 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. Experience makes the 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 emerging designers: Maor Zabar Hats, Two Foxes, Firsthand by Denise Arellano, Laura Catignani Millinery and Tierre Taylor, as well as a selection of beautifully made leather accessories from Satchel and Page.
Established in 1998, Barbara Feinman Millinery moved to East Village Hats in 2016, where the brand is now made. You can occasionally find Barbara there, trimming her signature styles and teaching workshops. East Village Hats, with Julia Knox at the helm, is carrying on a valued tradition of local independent business in a world where this is ever more rare.
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