Culprits: Westbrook Maker milliners Gregory Westbrook and Nicholas Fouqet
Last Seen: The native Floridians operate out of their workshop in Venice, with noted plans to infiltrate Bergdorf’s shelves come fall.
Alleged Activities: Employing the same methods (hand-blocking, pouncing) as old-school hatters to craft toppers more dapper than Derby. Dealing only in American materials and crafting everything (even ready-made styles) to order.
Known Accomplices: Mysterious Tucumari Hamburg, known for its wide-brim, chocolate-brown base, and caramel trim; Palomino Holypaw, a camel-colored gator hunter with a gold and ivory band; and Mariposa Tejon, a dandier fellow with a flat top and shorter brim.
Notable Remarks: Bespoke-minded patrons confirm the pair dabbles in custom designs, incorporating heirlooms (cloth from grandfather’s tie, a button from grandma’s coat) when asked.
Reward: More cowboy cred than that steel horse you ride.
Photo: Courtesy of Westbrook Maker