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Arnold Hatters, Inc.
Nearby Subway Stops
1, 2, 3 at 34th St.-Penn Station; A, C, E at 34th St.-Penn Station
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This venue is closed.
Rock stars, blues legends, grandpas, gangstas and maybe even grandpa gangstas consider this star-studded haberdashery the place to go for fab chapeaux. Getting ready for the Player’s Ball? Pick up a lime-green Kangol cap and matching cane. Off to Australia? Pack along a Snowy River cowboy hat. While Broadway costumers, MTV, and big ad firms make up nearly half of its customer base, Arnold Hatters also carries an immense stock of Stetsons, derbys, skull caps, fedoras and baseball caps from smaller labels. In general, this spot is less traditional than the elder Hat Corner downtown—but still harks back to an era when men dressed with snap and dapper care. Fluorescent lights and a dozen large, glass display cases create a pawn shop-like atmosphere, while the scanty wall space unadorned by hats is covered with that old NYC standby, the celebrity-client autographed headshot. The staff knows their hats from brim to crown and back again; the store's been at the hat game since 1926. Stretching and steaming machines allow for minor cleaning, blocking, and reshaping while you wait; dandies can peruse the store's selection of canes to match their chosen toppers.