Best Bay Area Hat Shops And Milliners

May 2, 2011 9:56 AM

Hats are the hottest accessory and you don't need a royal occasion to sport one. Try on these Bay Area hat shops and designers for the best in millinery and more.

DeAnna Gibbons

1364 Florida Street
San Francisco

Milliner DeAnna Gibbons made her first collection of hats while studying art in Florence Italy. She was trained in traditional millinery techniques under the tutelage of Jennifer Matthieu, and would later design hats for the costume shops of the San Francisco Ballet and the San Francisco Opera. Stop in and try on hats during Studio Walk In Hours (posted on her website), or sign up for a workshop and learn straw and felt blocking, draping and construction.

Dollymop Designs

Kalico Delafay is the artist/designer behind Dollymop Designs. Drawing on experience in a multitude of artistic mediums, each piece she produces is a one of a kind creation. With a nod to the past and a look to the future her designs are subversively romantic, rich and exquisite. Each hat is unique and handcrafted with reclaimed and vintage materials.

Hats On Post

In the 201 Post Street, Suite 606, In the Shreve Building
San Francisco

This “So Very San Francisco” shop has been in existence for over 25 years. This unique Hat Salon is tucked away on the Sixth Floor of the Shreve Jewelry Building in San Francisco at Post & Grant. Hours: Noon to 5:30pm Closed Sundays and Mondays Wednesdays Available by Appointment Good Idea: Calling Ahead!

Goorin Bros.

2926 College Avenue

Goorin Brothers hat making tradition began on the cobblestone streets of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania when founder Cassel Goorin sold his first hat off a horse cart in 1895. Today there are stores across America and 4 in the Bay Area -- San Francisco’s Union Square, North Beach and Haight Ashbury, and the newest store in Berkeley. Mon-Fri: 11am-7pm Saturdays: 11am-8pm Sundays: 11am-6pm

Miss G Designs

Miss G Designs is a headpiece design company based in San Francisco. Caley Johnson is the sole designer of her one-of-a-kind creations. She makes everything by hand herself. Caley draws inspiration for her collections from nature and the lovely people that surround her everyday. No two are exactly alike.

Berkeley Hat Company

2510 Telegraph Avenue (near UC)
(510) 962-4428

Berkeley Hat Company has a huge variety of hats and caps for men and women: Cocktail Hats, Panama Hats, Basque Berets, French Berets, Straw Fedoras, Felt Fedoras, Straw Boater Hats, Borsalinos, Stetsons, Dobbs, Scalas, Captain's hats, Greek Fisherman's caps, Kangol caps, Kangol hats, tweed Irish caps, Harris Tweed caps, straw boaters, women's crushable straw sun hats, hat feathers, hat brushes, and much, much more. Mon-Thurs 10:30-6:00, Fri-Sat 10:30-6:30 Sun 12-5:30

The Hat Library

1946 Broadway (between 19th St & 20th St)
(510) 465-6523

May Henderson opened the Hat Library in 2005 in downtown Oakland and carries everything from fedoras to tams to variations on the audacious, dove-gray creation Aretha Franklin wore to President Obama's inauguration. She sells berets, sequined jockey caps, feathered cocktail hats and designer originals with Mad Hatter-shaped mushroom crowns. Tues – Saturday 11-6

Fino Fino

325 Sharon Park Drive
Menlo Park
(650) 854-8030

Located at Sharon Heights, owner Carolyn Busch opened Fino Fino in the spring of 1994. Fino Fino specializes in hand-blocked Montecristi Panama hats and has a broad selection of cocktail and designer hats for women, and fedoras, porkpies and top hats for men. Tuesday - Saturday, 10:30-5:30 Closed Sunday and Monday

The Hat Guys

1764 Broadway
(510) 834-6868

The Hat Guys have been doing business in Oakland since1988. With an inventory of over 20,000 hats and caps for men, women, boys and girls, the goal of The Hat Guys is to have the best customer service in the industry. Mon. – Sat. 10:00am – 5:45pm Closed Sundays

Jan Mabry, Red Carpet Bay Area

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