- Satya Twena Fine Millinery
212 W. 35th St., at Seventh Ave., 12th fl.; 212-594-6666
Satya Twena had been producing her line of custom fedoras for three years at Makins Hats, a 40-year-old factory that counted Frank Sinatra among its customers, when it suddenly shut its doors. A month later, Twena had scraped together enough cash from family and friends and launched a Kickstarter to reopen the 5,000-square-foot space, inheriting all its vintage machinery and wooden hat blocks in the process. Her styles range from a classic aubergine fedora trimmed with black satin ribbon ($275) to a Mad Hatter look made with silk-lined white-beaver fur ($950) that a recent customer commissioned for his 40th-birthday celebration. The front serves as an appointment-only showroom, which Twena also rents out for hat parties: Guests can have bespoke toppers made on the spot, while knocking back cocktails, nibbling on finger foods, and listening to a live jazz trio (all included, starting at $4,250 for ten people).
Best Made-to-Order Hats
From the 2014 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).