Perhaps thanks to the effortless star-appeal of the Duchess of Cambridge, hats and headwear are seeing a resurgence of interest amongst the fashion set. And why ever not? Wearing hats makes perfect sense when you’re looking to bring your style game to new heights. Sure, unadorned hair may possess its own natural beauty, but hats and headpieces have the potential to pull even the most contrived look together with little effort. We say, bring hats back into the daily fashion cycle already! We have compiled a list of hat makers that create some of the most stylish hats in Singapore.
Handsewn vintage-inspired hats
Eskpade revives the old-world glamour of screen sirens such as Marlene Dietrich, Audrey Hepburn and Dita Von Teese with its bespoke and handsewn vintage-inspired hats and fascinators. Fittingly, its name is derived from ‘escapade’; a lust for exploration and travel that is woven into each stitch of the embroidered headpieces. Employing haute couture and traditional craft techniques such as millinery, French hand-embroidery, sculpting and costuming, Kristine Hakim crafts feathered pillbox hats, embellished berets and theatrical fascinators that are wearable works of art. Her runway collaboration with Revasseur turned out a series of headpieces that borrow from cartoon villains popularized by Disney. The Ursula cap, Maleficent horned headgear and the Wicked Queen’s crown sure brought on many amused smiles. Prepare to be stopped on the streets by strangers eyeing your crowning glory. (And we don’t mean your hair)
Authentic Panama hats
18 Joo Chiat Terrace, Singapore 427186. By appointment only.
With summer on our tails, it’s time to whip out the sun protection. The most stylish option by far is the Panama hat, which interestingly, hails from Ecuador and is a noble Ecuadorian craft that has been passed down through the generations. The authentic Panama hats from Hat of Cain are made from woven Toquilla straw and sturdy bands so they are both feather-light and durable. Look sharp while braving the heat in the tropics in any one of the ten styles of Panama hats available in various grades of weave. There’s a reason why movie stars and debonair gents the world over have made the Panama their topper of choice.
Vibrant and imaginative bespoke headpieces
By appointment only. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a fitting appointment.
We admit hats and headwear are hard to come by in Singapore, especially bespoke pieces such as the ones offered at Hats Off. New to the Singapore scene, Hats Off fills a massive gap in the market for original and unique handcrafted headpieces for occasions where you’re dead set on making a lasting impression (think weddings, racing events, weddings and parties). Vibrant floral headpieces and imaginative nature-inspired creations make great statement accessories that will elevate and add colour to your carefully coordinated ensemble. Make the most of the Great Singapore Sale and score an original bespoke piece for fifty-percent off for the months of June and July!
Creative statement hats
Available at various stockists.
Heads of State Millinery hopes to cement its place in our hearts as the ‘Jimmy Choo’ of hats. We wouldn’t call it a far-off dream either. The sustainable statement hats designed by Chee Sau Fen are radical, creative and most distinctively, kind to the environment. The self-taught designer’s knowledge of indigenous craft traditions and innovative use of raw materials helps her create hats without the use of heat, moulds, glues, stiffening chemical sprays and wires. Head of State Millinery’s newest Ultramarine collection features adventurous pieces such as the “Aspire” fascinator that’s modeled after the aquatic movement of the jellyfish and headdresses that resemble short Gatsby-era hairdos.