Hat shops in Brooklyn: Bencraft Hatters, Alter, and more

Over the past few years city dwellers have been discovering what previous generations always knew: hats complete the look. Whether you’re dressing up, defining your seasonal look, or just keeping your head warm, Brooklyn has some of most stylish hat shops in the country. Here are five that stand out.

Bencraft-Hats

Bencraft Hatters (Sunset Park) are anything but new to the hat game. Ben Goldstein and his son Stanley founded Bencraft Hatters in 1948, by first creating their own distinctive line of hats. They’ve since added a host of other brands including Biltmore of Canada, Kangol, Dobbs, Stetson, Resistol, and others to their roster.

Bencraft Hats photo via Facebook.

 

AlterWomen’s ensemble with hat | Alter Brooklyn via Facebook

Alter (Greenpoint)
This boutique has men’s and women’s stores across the street from each other in Greenpoint and a newer “co-ed” store in Williamsburg. It sells new and vintage clothes while winning raves from customers for its attentive service. Reviewers say the selection of hats, including brands like Topman, is well curated.

 

Bejeweled-hatsHats at Bejeweled | Amanda H. via Yelp

Bejeweled (Boerum Hill)
This Smith Street favorite sells a variety of accessories, from belts to socks, hairclips to jewelry, with a special focus on men’s and women’s hats. Reviewers praise their extensive selection of headgear, calling it the ideal place for the beginning hat wearer.

 

Goorin-BrosHats at Goorin Bros. | Jennifer K. via Yelp

Goorin Bros. (Park Slope)
These venerated hat makers got their start in Pittsburgh in 1895. More than 120 years later, their three New York locations (including Williamsburg and Park Slope) are fulfilling the company’s mission of providing men’s and women’s fashionable, high-quality headgear.

 

Vinnies-StylesVinnie’s Styles | Camille C. via Yelp

Vinnie’s Styles (Prospect Heights)
If you’re looking for some last-minute flare to a show at Barclays Center, Vinnie’s Styles is directly across the street and features a number of Brooklyn marks, including house brands Paulie’s and Born Fly. Customers give Vinnie’s high marks for staff that is both knowledgeable and friendly, and the store for its easy-to-shop layout.

 

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