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Grosgrain, feathers and bits of silver might be added to a hat--as well as a matchstick, tucked into the trim after a habit Gregory Westbrook remembers from his father.
Flowered, ladylike hats have experienced a renaissance lately, topping off special occasion dresses. But we?re more interested in an alternative hat look that?s emerging among fashionistas like Charlize Theron--the dramatic fedora.
Our pick for where to nab said fedora: the maverick new millinery Westbrook Maker.
Operating out of a makeshift workshop in an Abbot Kinney Boulevard parking garage, Westbrook Maker produces luxury felted hats that look straight out of the upcoming Ryan Gosling flick Gangster Squad. (Indeed, the company does restoration work for Hollywood?s legendary Western Costume.)
Styles include homburgs, derbys and other brimmed varieties, made from materials including felted beaver belly, European hare, dead-stock European grosgrain and exotic leathers. The designers, artist-photographer Gregory Westbrook and model?fashion designer Nick Fouquet, initially made gender-specific creations. But when they discovered men and women were buying each others? hats, they switched to a unisex approach.
Priced from $295 to $695, the hats aren?t cheap, but since they are custom-fitted and handmade, they?ll last for generations, to be passed down to a son--or a particularly fashionable daughter.
Westbrook Maker, 1410 Abbott Kinney Blvd., Venice; 561-762-2793 or westbrookmaker.com
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