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Cha Cha's House of Ill Repute

68 Jay St., Ste. 312 , Brooklyn, NY 11201 40.702759 -73.986711
nr. Front St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-420-7450 Send to Phone

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  • Price Range: ($$) Mid-Range
  • Type: Specialty Shop
  • Products & Services: Men's Hats, Women's Hats
Photo by Dave Ratzlow

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Official Website

chachashouse.com

Hours

Mon-Fri, noon-7pm; Sat-Sun, by appointment only

Nearby Subway Stops

F at York St.

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Product Guide

Accessories

  • Men's Hats
  • Women's Hats

Special Features

  • Tailoring In-Store
  • Rentals
  • Delivery

Profile

Milliner Dina Pisani has been a fan of dressing up since childhood, when she had a backstage view of the shiny costumes her mother wore as a Rockette. She began studying millinery at FIT in 1994, designing hats for private clients on a word-of-mouth basis. She relocated from her Lower East Side studio to this Dumbo showroom in 2006, outfitting the space with vibrant red walls and plush gold armchairs, evoking a vintage bordello straight out of New Orleans (also the inspiration for her store name). The shop doubles as a studio space, complete with sewing machines and a busily stitching intern. Pisani prefers practicing old-school techniques, sculpting each topper by hand with wooden blocks and trimming it with flea-market finds like skull-imprinted ribbons, peacock feathers, tie-dyed fabric, and distressed leather. Classic thirties-inspired felt or straw fedoras, cloches, and top hats model modern twists, earning her a following among fashionistas, international wholesalers, and A-list celebs—she helped Justin Timberlake bring sexy back with a tight, short-brimmed style known as the Stingy Fedora.

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