I had the recent chance to head to the West Village, one of my favorite parts of the city, to see what is new. I was thrilled to find Goorin Brothers Hat Shop on Bleecker Street. I cannot tell you what a joy this shop was and meeting the shopkeeper, Gya Watson. This felt like we were going back in time. The popular television shows such as Downton Abbey, Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire, I feel are bringing hats back in style. My mom says in her day, people always wore a hat to church. Hats were a very important part of your wardrobe. I would also have to say Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, shows us how to wear hats in every day life.
As we walked in, we could have been walking into a shop in 1925.
Here is an old family photo, where the men had the style of the era. So dapper and suave looking they were at that time. They would have so enjoyed Goorin Brothers Hat Shop !!
Gya, the shopkeeper, was just a wonderful person to assist you with your hat selection.
Trying on the hats is so much fun! Even if you are not purchasing all that you try on, it is really cool to see how the different styles change your look.
The selection is quite varied, from styles to colors, something for everyone. Goorin began in 1895 when Cassel Goorin sold his first hat from a horse cart in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His sons, the Goorin Brothers, moved the family business to San Francisco in 1949.
Today the shop is lead by Cassel's great-grandson, who is dedicated to making the same craftsmanship which began in 1895. The shop just gives you such a cozy feel. There are many locations throughout the USA, and a listing can be found HERE.
These Panama Hats are just amazing.........
I love the brick in the shop, the fabulous Goorin Bros. sign just fits right in perfectly
The hat boxes are vintage looking, and so fabulous to carry out with your purchase
Here is Gya wrapping someone's purchase. If you do not receive a hat box, they have this wonderful vintage paper to wrap and protect your hat.
I expected a horse and buggy to go by looking out the window!!
Gya now placing the hat in a fabulous Goorin Bros. bag which is presentation at it's best
So please be sure to stop by this very unique shop on Bleecker Street. You will really enjoy the atmosphere, the merchandise, and the customer service while you are shopping and/or browsing.
337 Bleecker Street
NY, NY 10014
Today's Words of Wisdom: Cock your Hat - Angles are Attitudes - Frank Sinatra
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