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Albertus Swanepoel Custom Hats

Albertus Swanepoel Custom Hats

Ya Shoulda Put a Hat on It

Attention all pea heads, pumpkins, and thunder domes.

There’s really no good excuse for going hatless. Especially now that Albertus Swanepoel is offering bespoke toppers from his charming Midtown studio.

In today’s video, the South African milliner-to-the-designers gives us the rundown (in his immeasurably sexy voice), taking measurements, picking fabric, and choosing a style that best suits your face. We’re talking old-school fedoras and cloches, modern turbans, straw hats, and even headgear for weddings.

His wares start at about $300, but we bet you’ll feel inspired just being in his presence (it’s no wonder Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, and Alexander Wang call him a fave). And you’ll field compliments as soon as you walk outside.

Just don’t get a big head about it.


To make an appointment for a custom hat, e-mail a@albertusswanepoel.com or call 212-629-1090. For more information, go to albertusswanepoel.com. To buy a ready-made hat, go to net-a-porter.com.