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French
10-18-2007, 10:27 AM
Hi,

My job brings me to the Boston/Cambridge area regularly. I was wondering if anyone could recommend a place to pick up a new lid. Also, I'd love to meet other loungers for coffee, dinner, lunch whatever.

Thanks,
French

besdor
10-18-2007, 08:33 PM
Amazingly, I don't believe there is a hat store in Boston. It's hard to inagine a famous city like Boston not having a hat store . There may be a few clothing stores that carry hats but the selection wont be that great.

Come to NYC!!!


Steven
www.bencrafthats.com

Aaron Hats
10-19-2007, 05:39 AM
Here's the rundown on hat stores in New England:

Mass: One hat store that used to be on Newbury St. Moved to a less prime location but nobody seems to know where to. No website, no computer in the store.

Rhode Island: None

Connecticut: Delmonico's (http://www.delmonicohatter.com/) in New Haven. In business nearly 100 years. I haven't been there but really nice people to deal with.

Maine: Queen of Hats (http://queenofhats.com/) in Portland. By the name you can tell she deals mostly in women's hats but is starting to spread her wings in the men's dept. Very nice people.

Vermont: None

New Hampshire: Aaron Hats (http://www.getahaton.com/) in North Conway. Great variety of hat brands, styles and price ranges. We've stayed true to our original business plan of offering something for the entire family. We have a growing number of customers who drive 3-4 hours to come visit us.

We may be a little out of the way but isn't this view worth it?

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b209/AaronHats2/IMG_0131.jpg

Aaron

French
10-19-2007, 07:07 AM
Thanks to everyone who replied to my post. I've been to DelMonico's twice now (they are only about a 20 minute drive from me). Aarons is on my list of places to visit, but the 4-5 hour drive each way necissitates it being a weekend trip.

I appreciate all the information everyone here has shared, and how welcome you have made me feel.

french

imoldfashioned
10-19-2007, 04:29 PM
We may not have hat stores but there's a bunch of friendly Loungers in Boston--drop a line in the events section if you want to try to get a meet-up together!

Razzman
10-24-2007, 10:21 AM
French, I just learned of this hat shop in Boston. It's called TOPPERS, INC.
and it's located at 151 Tremont St. Boston, MA. I have not yet been to the shop, but I plan on making a visit in the near future.

Barb
10-24-2007, 11:52 AM
http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/gb0EMaNO58f1Lnc4XqNp8Q?select=RAzfZJzPwcErhT8tUrVk aA

Looks interesting AND expensive:rolleyes:


French, I just learned of this hat shop in Boston. It's called TOPPERS, INC.
and it's located at 151 Tremont St. Boston, MA. I have not yet been to the shop, but I plan on making a visit in the near future.

Aaron Hats
10-24-2007, 01:21 PM
French, I just learned of this hat shop in Boston. It's called TOPPERS, INC.
and it's located at 151 Tremont St. Boston, MA. I have not yet been to the shop, but I plan on making a visit in the near future.

That's the one that used to be on Newbury Street.

Barb, Do you know if that's from their old or new store?

Aaron

Dalexs
10-24-2007, 03:14 PM
Hmmm, Toppers moved? It was on Newbury St last time I was there this summer.
Well Tremont is probably a better place for them. More up and coming, less Rodeo Drive.

They are only a hat shop by name. They carry a few big box name hats.
They deal mostly with womens hats. Not a terrible place, but not what one would hope or expect in a city like Boston.

Maybe thats one we need to open here in town, an honest to goodness hat shop.

Razzman
10-24-2007, 04:17 PM
The store is open at the Tremont St. address. I spoke with a student last week who was sporting a black Stetson. He indicated that he purchased this hat a shop in Boston called Toppers. He couldn't remember the address but assured me he would be back with it. He proved to be a man of his word and came around this morning with a business card from Toppers. He was also sporting a new black Morefelt Derby which he purchased this past Saturday. He also said the store was near the Boston Common.

Barb
10-25-2007, 02:48 AM
from the architecture.

Plus, Yelp lists the address as 151 Tremont and the street number in the picture next to their window is 230.

Looks like they have (or had) quite a collection of nice hatboxes

http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/gb0EMaNO58f1Lnc4XqNp8Q?select=fBUmB9MeudRxJDTCvoOt Tg

and "frou frou" ladies hats for garden parties (not my style, but..)



That's the one that used to be on Newbury Street.

Barb, Do you know if that's from their old or new store?

Aaron

mineral
10-25-2007, 08:04 PM
Hi,

My job brings me to the Boston/Cambridge area regularly. I was wondering if anyone could recommend a place to pick up a new lid. Also, I'd love to meet other loungers for coffee, dinner, lunch whatever.

Thanks,
French

I'm new in this forum, but I think I can help with this.

As far as I know of, Toppers is indeed the only (fully) hat store around. They are at Tremont Street at the Boston Commons (near the Loews Theatre). It is not a place a man can shop for hat, although ladies might have better luck. Another poster suggested that they sell Stetsons, which I don't know about. All I remember is my visit there to look for panamas this summer and finding only 1 style from New York Hat Company.

If you want to find places where you want to buy (new) hats, there are 2 stores in Central Square on Mass Ave which sell hats. There is a store in the CambridgeSide Galleria which rents out tuxedos where hats can also be purchased (I think?). In Boston, there are stores on Washington Street (very near Toppers) right outside the Downtown Crossing stop that sell hats as well. And I think Brooks Brothers on Newbury Street also sell hats, though obviously not a lot of them. If it's a new hat you want, I think you would do better on the internet than in Boston.

Now in terms of vintage, the only place where I have gone so far is Bobby from Boston. They have quite a variety, ranging from Herbert Johnson, Lock and Co., Cavanagh, Stetson, and Borsalino. It is so far also the only place in Boston where I actually managed to find a hat I would buy (and did buy). Given the (dire) lack of places where one can find a decent hat in Boston, I would strongly urge you to check them out.

Good luck!

ideaguy
10-25-2007, 09:13 PM
Bobby from Boston?? Can you give us an idea where this emporium is at-
worth a trip in from the wild West half of the state to find a real hat store...
The last real hatter I knew of in Mass. was Nadar the Hatter in Springfield.
Master hatter, had tremendous selection of vintage hats, men's and women's, unfortunately not in business anymore...was very lucky to have a few hats made/refurbished by Bill; great wit, knowledgeable, arms like Popeye, did things the old-fashioned way, and was/is an historian of the hatmaking industry and fashion, I understand he was working on some museum catalogue projects,etc. Travelled the world, had one of the sharpest eyes (two?) for any objets d'art, fashion, ephemera...real rare bird.

Please do give us a heads-up on Bobby's if you could? thanks

mineral
10-25-2007, 10:16 PM
Bobby from Boston?? Can you give us an idea where this emporium is at-
worth a trip in from the wild West half of the state to find a real hat store...
The last real hatter I knew of in Mass. was Nadar the Hatter in Springfield.
Master hatter, had tremendous selection of vintage hats, men's and women's, unfortunately not in business anymore...was very lucky to have a few hats made/refurbished by Bill; great wit, knowledgeable, arms like Popeye, did things the old-fashioned way, and was/is an historian of the hatmaking industry and fashion, I understand he was working on some museum catalogue projects,etc. Travelled the world, had one of the sharpest eyes (two?) for any objets d'art, fashion, ephemera...real rare bird.

Please do give us a heads-up on Bobby's if you could? thanks

Ideaguy, here it is:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/EfcrnfzYr3SKTozM82l82Q

I think they are open 12-6 PM each day.

It's not exactly a hat shop, but a vintage clothings store that sells hats (quite a quantity at that). Asides from fedoras, they even have homburgs and boaters. Happy hunting!

Barb
10-26-2007, 03:11 AM
http://www.yelp.com/biz/EfcrnfzYr3SKTozM82l82Q

Note that the listing states they do NOT accept credit cards.


Bobby from Boston?? Can you give us an idea where this emporium is at-
worth a trip in from the wild West half of the state to find a real hat store...
The last real hatter I knew of in Mass. was Nadar the Hatter in Springfield.
Master hatter, had tremendous selection of vintage hats, men's and women's, unfortunately not in business anymore...was very lucky to have a few hats made/refurbished by Bill; great wit, knowledgeable, arms like Popeye, did things the old-fashioned way, and was/is an historian of the hatmaking industry and fashion, I understand he was working on some museum catalogue projects,etc. Travelled the world, had one of the sharpest eyes (two?) for any objets d'art, fashion, ephemera...real rare bird.

Please do give us a heads-up on Bobby's if you could? thanks

ideaguy
10-26-2007, 10:29 PM
And a big thank you!! harder than Chinese algebra finding decent
duds without combing through the wannabe consignment shops or
at the other end - the Salvation Army;
So it's off to Bobby's, looking for things I don't need, can't afford,
don't have room for, and I already have three of them...whata dope
I iz...but it could be worse...haven't heard of hats hurting people
lately.
Thanks again for the tip:eusa_clap :eusa_clap

mineral
10-26-2007, 11:11 PM
And a big thank you!! harder than Chinese algebra finding decent
duds without combing through the wannabe consignment shops or
at the other end - the Salvation Army;
So it's off to Bobby's, looking for things I don't need, can't afford,
don't have room for, and I already have three of them...whata dope
I iz...but it could be worse...haven't heard of hats hurting people
lately.
Thanks again for the tip:eusa_clap :eusa_clap

You are welcome. :)

Finding a place to buy a hat in Boston is actually the easy one, compared to my current task of trying to find someone in Boston who can repair my Borsalino ....

Barb
10-27-2007, 04:09 AM
and if you can, take some pictures!


So it's off to Bobby's, looking for things I don't need, can't afford,
don't have room for, and I already have three of them...whata dope
I iz...but it could be worse...haven't heard of hats hurting people
lately.
Thanks again for the tip:eusa_clap :eusa_clap

Lorne
10-27-2007, 12:47 PM
Hello all,

I live near Boston, and work in Boston, so I've got the skinny for you. The skinny is, "Nunka, Nada, Nyet, Zilch."

I've been to Toppers, and there is no reason to go back. They had ONE nice straw in the place, and that was it.

I've found that vintage places are a better shot. There is a place, I think in Brookline right on route 9, called "Cafe Society" that had a few nice hats. None of them were my size however.

I got my two best hats, both Dobbs 20's I think, in a run of the mill junk store. One was 7 1/2, which is fine for me. The other is a 7 1/4, which is to small and I imagine that I'm going to sell that one off.


Lorne D. Gilsig

KittyT
06-30-2008, 07:19 AM
Hello gents, I know this information is probably already available somewhere in this forum, but I can't find it, so please feel free to redirect me as appropriate!

I have a friend who has a wool felt stingy brim fedora that needs reblocking. Are there any recommendations for places in Boston that do this? He lives in Western MA, so any places in that area would be fine as well.

If there's nothing around here, a mail-in place would be fine. I know I read something at some point about a place where some of you have sent your lids for work.

Thanks!

kitty

French
06-30-2008, 08:47 AM
Hi Kitty,

Perhaps your friend could contact DelMonico Hatters in New Haven, CT. It is my understanding they have a semi-retired hatmaker who makes custom hats. Perhaps he could re-block your friend's lid.

Their contact information is on this page: http://delmonicohatter.com/contact.htm

I hope this is helpful.

French

mineral
06-30-2008, 02:05 PM
Are there any recommendations for places in Boston that do this?

I have tried my hardest to find something in Boston, but have never succeeded. I was told by the only hat-only store I know of here that the nearest hat repair person is in Connecticut (perhaps the same person French was talking about?).

At any rate, is it even worth it to reblock a wool felt hat? With shipping, it might cost just as much to buy a new one?

kaosharper1
06-30-2008, 06:58 PM
I just moved from Boston. Not only is there an absence of people for repairs, its hard to find a decent hat shop at all!

Sorry I couldn't be more helpful.

troy
08-04-2008, 09:57 AM
Hi,

I know this thread is super old, but anyone in the Mass, CT area should know about the hat shop that played a major part of me becoming an everyday wearer. The Brim And Crown on White St. (at Sumner Ave) in Springfield, MA. The gentleman that owns the shop is Richard, and he is great.

The website for his shop is:
brimandcrown.com

Being new to hat wearing, I cannot judge his level of expertise, I only know he knows much more than I do!

I have bought two hats from him this summer, and I will definitely be going back once my bank account has forgiven me!

Wandering Fool
06-11-2009, 04:42 AM
Once again, I found myself in an airport waiting for one of my daughters to land. Last time in Montreal, this time in Boston. I read this thread before I went and decided to check out Bobby from Boston at 19 Thayer St. The closest T stop was on the red line, I believe Broadway.
Thayer St is a pedestrian st, and so if following a gps,it gets a little squirelly locating it.
Going in is like stepping into a gentlemens game room from th early part of the century. The was a rack of vintage leather coats, olive british work shirts with a henley style collar,vintage bow ties,three or four racks of vintage suits and sportcoats and much much more. It was a well cared for, well thought out store. They had about 25 fedora hats,some in very good condition and some needing work,primarily sweatband/liner issues. They had another display of bowlers and straw boaters.All vintage. Unfortunately, nothing in size melon head!
There was a young man dressed in a style that was kinda vintage/trendy young guy and even though I cannot put my finger on what look he was going for, it worked. As in my other reviews,my primary focus is customer service. When I saw this 20 something guy,I was prepared for the worst, but he dropped what he was doing and starting hunting and pulling the items I was looking for quickly and was very attentive. Impressive. Even though I did not purchase anything,he walked me out the door and provided me with directions to the T.
From what I have read on this forum,Iexpect many of you would spend hours in this place, pouring through its many offerings. The only reason I did not buy anything was that they did not have the sizes I needed. But for excellent service and a really great store a big thumbs up.

Subvet642
06-11-2009, 10:05 AM
It's called Salmagundi, and it is at the junction of Center St. and South St. in Jamica Plain. The #39 bus goes right by the place.

765 Centre St
(between Eliot St & Greenough Ave)
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 522-5047

Great store, lots of fun! They also have a few vintage ties and such.

marshack
10-17-2010, 06:21 PM
I wanted to second Subvet642's recommendation of Salmagundi in Jamaica Plan.

Massachusetts does not have many options for someone that wants to buy anything but a baseball hat, but Salmagundi has changed all that.

I bought my first two hats from them recently (a straw Stetson and another casual hat I can't remember the name of).

I have a size 7 3/4 hat size and require a tall crown. The individual there took the time to find the correct hats for me to choose from so I could make my decision.

He said that he can re-block my hat for me in the future and has a much larger selection of hats stored in his cellar so what you see in his display area is not all that is there.

I have been around the country looking for a hat store like this and have not found many like it.

danofarlington
10-18-2010, 11:00 AM
You are welcome. :)

Finding a place to buy a hat in Boston is actually the easy one, compared to my current task of trying to find someone in Boston who can repair my Borsalino ....
You could mail it to a hat shop that does work. Examples would be Greeley Hat Works in Colorado, probably Worth and Worth in New York. I don't know whether Delmonico Hatters in Connecticut does. Anyway, I have mailed out hat work with good results. Greeley is a good value, I can say, as I have sent hats there before.

SALMAGUNDI
10-22-2010, 04:52 PM
You could mail it to a hat shop that does work. Examples would be Greeley Hat Works in Colorado, probably Worth and Worth in New York. I don't know whether Delmonico Hatters in Connecticut does. Anyway, I have mailed out hat work with good results. Greeley is a good value, I can say, as I have sent hats there before.

@ danofarlinton - Check out cleanahat.com. There is a gentlemen who runs it named Drew. He is held in very high regard in the industry. You will need to mail it to him, but he is the man for the job if it's a big one. Otherwise, Worth and Worth in New York I here does some fine work as well.
Cheers,
Jessen

ccajackson
09-12-2013, 06:53 PM
I'm back to the Lounge after a long absence, but knew this was the best place for help.

I have a go-to Cuenca Brisa that has seen some great miles & held up well. On a recent vacation, I put the hat in the rental minivan in a place where I definitely wouldn't forget it as I unloaded…which I promptly did. The car company found and mailed the hat - in a box that was too small (that will teach me - at least I didn't take my Montecristi!). Now the brim is funky, the pinch is goofed up and the crown was squished down.

I was looking for a local hatter in the Boston area to salvage my topper & and found that "Salmagundi" in Jamaica Plain does blocking. Anyone have experience with them, or any other hatter in the area?

Thank you very much!

C-C

Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD

facade
09-19-2013, 06:12 AM
I'm back to the Lounge after a long absence, but knew this was the best place for help.

I have a go-to Cuenca Brisa that has seen some great miles & held up well. On a recent vacation, I put the hat in the rental minivan in a place where I definitely wouldn't forget it as I unloaded…which I promptly did. The car company found and mailed the hat - in a box that was too small (that will teach me - at least I didn't take my Montecristi!). Now the brim is funky, the pinch is goofed up and the crown was squished down.

I was looking for a local hatter in the Boston area to salvage my topper & and found that "Salmagundi" in Jamaica Plain does blocking. Anyone have experience with them, or any other hatter in the area?

Thank you very much!

C-C

Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD

Just had a few hats worked on by Salmagundi. The owner and staff are very friendly and love to talk hats. I was happy with the work they did for me. Worth a visit at least.

SALMAGUNDI
09-19-2013, 07:25 AM
@ danofarlinton - Check out cleanahat.com. There is a gentlemen who runs it named Drew. He is held in very high regard in the industry. You will need to mail it to him, but he is the man for the job if it's a big one. Otherwise, Worth and Worth in New York I here does some fine work as well.
Cheers,
Jessen

Years later, since I made this comment, (and since this older post came to light I thought should update my comments) I wanted to say that I still stand by Worth and Worth for repair, blocking, cleaning and all things custom. Ask for Brendon over there if you are in the NY area. I hold Brandon in high regard and will stand by his work any day. Cleanahat.com; I cannot put my name behind, but I really don't know what they are up to as of recent. I do know I used them for about half a year before we made the investment time-wise and money-wise to do work in house and I saw a serious lack of consistency in their work. Also anytime you are shipping a hat that had work it can always translate into a problem and is always much better to do in person.
Since 2011 we have been cleaning and blocking hats in our own shop full time. Almost all the work is same day nowadays (except for weekends which are just too busy to do work same day). With the exception of deep clean and blocks which take two days (needing a day to dry). We offer new leather sweat service (only the finest leather), bound edges, brim cuts, and have roughly 80 blocks with flanges and have almost every size in each block and are fancy with handwork so nothing is out of the question to name a bit of it... We also stock hundreds of ribbons for re-bands (new and vintage) and can do the work in about a half hour/45 minutes depending on the job. I wouldn't go there like this but this whole post is outdated and I thought it needed some current thoughts and facts.
In the New England area (CT) I would also check out Delmonico Hatters who also does restoration work. I am unfamiliar with their work as far as hat restoration but the owner Ernie is a stand up guy and I could not imagine him doing any work that isn't good. As far as Brim and Crown, I think Richard is a Fine Gentlemen and has a great eye when buying although I don't believe he offers any hat services.
That's it for New England as far as the real deal my Fellow Loungers. Just wanted to chime in.
If your not dealing with the best with someone full of passion and someone who cares about the end result and the details needed to get there when you are having work done (who ever that may be): Then keep on walking!:D There is plenty of folks out there that want to do a good job and will.
Cheers!
Jessen

"Finding the right hat is like dating - you just know when it's right"

hatsRme
09-19-2013, 07:50 AM
Also anytime you are shipping a hat that had work it can always translate into a problem and is always much better to do in person.
Since 2011 we have been cleaning and blocking hats in our own shop full time.

I respectfully beg to differ on this point, sir. Given the nearly limitless forms of communication today, there is absolutely no reason not to expand the geographic scope of resources. Unless you're a scared "Nervous Nellie." This ability not only helps to create more competition in pricing, etc., but also serves to enhance the quality of the service or product.

I'm glad you're doing a good job on your part to fire up the marketplace, Jessen. Thank you!

SALMAGUNDI
09-19-2013, 08:03 AM
I respectfully beg to differ on this point, sir. Given the nearly limitless forms of communication today, there is absolutely no reason not to expand the geographic scope of resources. Unless you're a scared "Nervous Nellie." This ability not only helps to create more competition in pricing, etc., but also serves to enhance the quality of the service or product.

I'm glad you're doing a good job on your part to fire up the marketplace, Jessen. Thank you!

Good Point. However, Just to be clear on where I was coming from with my comment; I was specifically referring to hats being mishandled while being shipped. Also, the fact that 'if something isn't quite right' it has to go back to where ever it came from to get fixed rather than be able to be fixed on the spot.

Good to hear from you My Good Man, I knew I could count on you to comment in this post ;)

hatsRme
09-19-2013, 08:09 AM
Thank you, Sir. I'm never too far away, I guess. Still reeling from the K. Derby event at Darryls.