Interesting Tidbits


How is a hat made?

There are many steps that go into making one of our hats

Step One: Material and color selection. We make our felt hats from the highest quality angora, and our straw hats from the lightest parasisal straws. The choice between these two is made based on season and function.  

Step Two: Blocking. The shape -- either a pinched, fedora crown or a round, cloche crown -- and size of the hat are created by choosing which block to use. Once this is set, the material is prepped with water, heat and steam and then placed and secured onto the block with pins. As the fiber dries, the shape of the hat is created. 


Step Three: Trimming. After the hat has dried and set, it is then taken off the block for finishing. This is a process of cutting, pinning, draping, pleating, and stitching by hand. Once the shape is complete, the label is sewn into the hat and a finish ribbon is chosen, tied, and sewn, also by hand. 

Where are materials sourced?

We source globally to find the most exquisite and high quality millinery materials.


How to care for my hat?

~   During the off season, you may choose to store your hat in a hat box, but any cool space with a flat surface will do. Make sure to place your hat upside down, so that the brim is not supporting the weight of the hat.

~   If your hat is felt, brush lightly with a clean soft lint brush or with a masking tape lint roller.

~   If your hat is straw, keep it away from water and shake it gently to brush off lint.

~   Felt hats are water resistant and are perfect for rainy days. Gently shake the water from your hat, and place it upside down or on a hook while it dries. 



My best friend is going through chemotherapy. Which hat should I buy her?

This is such an important topic that we've written a whole guide to help you. 


Do you make custom pieces?

Yes we do! We are always delighted to create the perfect hat for you. Please give us a ring at 503-954-2271 or drop us a note to


What size am I?

To determine your hat size, use a flexible measuring tape that goes all the way around your head just above your ears. It is best to measure 2 or 3 times to be accurate. We will create your hat based on these measurements, and generally allow for a couple of extra centimeters for comfort. 


And now for the Dos and Don'ts...

When wearing a hat, it is best to have good manners and gracious behavior! A few simple styling details will help to keep you at your best.


When wearing a beret, DO make sure to gather all of the extra fabric and slouch it toward the back of your head, rather than having a poof on the top.

Slouchy beanies really DO look best with a little hair fringe sticking out of them, so leave your bangs or a few long wisps of hair out in the front. This goes for headbands too.

A cloche looks best framing the brows. DO place it on your head so that it tilts back just far enough to see those well groomed accents. This is true for fedoras as well.

DO match your hat to your other accessories. What lovely boots and gloves those are…

Gentlemen, ladies of all ages DO love it when you tip your hat in greeting.

Ladies, DO keep your hat on indoors. Gentlemen, DON’T.

Please DO respect others at concerts and assemblies by removing tall hats that might obscure views.


If you are over the age of 12, DON’T wear your hat backwards.

DON’T flip the front brim of a sunhat. It is designed to keep the sun off of your lovely face. If the brim is bothering you, it’s time for a different hat.

When wearing a fedora, DON’T flip the rear brim down. Take a moment to make sure the front of the brim is as you like it, either up or down, and the back is flipped up.

DON’T choose a hat based on the way it looks on someone else. Choose it for your face and yours alone.

DON’T forget to wear your hat!

Don’t forget about our Derby Dos and Don’ts — you’ll find them here.

Here are our tips on How to Wear a Beret