Sean Lennon in unique custom hat
So many men, so little time. at least that’s how I envision some of my male friends running around Manhattan between work and play. What’s the best accessory for a guy on the run? How about a Hamburg or other kind of fedora. Having eclipsed last year’s facial hair trend, the in crowds of the world — seen here in Vanity Fair photographer Todd Eberle, Purple Mag’s Gavin Doyle, photographers Bogdan Teslar Kwiatkowski and Magnus Unnar, and Camilla Staerk’s videographer hubby Barnaby Roper — won’t leave home without their toppers.
Doyle, seen in the slideshow with his model girlfriend Pernilla, opted for a Rag and Bone beauty. (R&B average about $125 at Saks.) But if you like to trail the East Village, you might just find yourself at Barbara Feinman’s little shop on East 7th Street, like Sean Lennon often does. Feinman, who once sourced Barney’s measures heads for exact custom fits and styles ranging from Trilbys to Porkpie hats. Beyond Lennon, she’s counted a few other star clients including Eve, and Glenn Close, rocking an adrogynous look. (Feinman’s hats average $250 and up from there.) She won’t allow a client to return a hat since they’re made to measure but she gives a seven day grace period for adjustments on the final product.
Blokes on the other side of the pond have been lining up at Stephen Jone’s Convent Garden millinery. His “Jones Boy” line creates incredible made to measure caps to trilbys starting at a hundred pounds and way upward. Anna Piaggi credited Jones in Italian Vogue as “maker of the most beautiful hats in the world.”
All this hat mania with the guys makes me wonder who will star in a ”9 1/2 Weeks” movie reversal, the scene where a smoking Kim Basinger strips for a pre-surgery Mickey Rourke… but she leaves her hat on. Some candidates below!