Take a peak inside the life of a hat-maker and let us introduce you to our world of hand-crafted headwear; the art of hat-making. Taking place downtown in our NYC atelier, we will begin with a brief history of the craft, interact with age old tools and learn how they work within the hat making process. Following a brief tutorial with the tools of the trade, we will begin an interactive demonstration encouraging hands on participation from the group. Following the history and interactive experience, you will have the opportunity for a one-on-one consultation with the hat-maker himself. After your personal consultation, you will be able to customize & purchase your own piece from scratch. Search through our stash of one-of-a-kind, vintage, handmade trinkets and materials sourced from all over the world to complete your piece.
I am the Founder/Head Designer at B.M Franklin & Co. I’ve been crafting hats for nearly a decade. After years of working in the fashion industry and under the tutelage of expert hatters; I started BM Franklin & Co. Our mission is to revitalize the image of craftsmen, through meticulous demonstrations and nuanced design innovations. When you book our experiences; you'll receive an intensive history of hats and the production process, hands-on instruction, and access to a depth of sartorial knowledge from esteemed makers.
Tools You'll interact with our functional antiques during the hands-on portion of instruction.
We'll be in the esteemed neighborhood of TribeCa, where our functioning and active workshop exists. We are located on the third floor of a building that houses many artists and creative businesses. Upon arrival to the building press 311 then the phone button on the keypad to enter the building. The entrance to the building is next to K&M photo and camera store. On Saturdays you must call #311 in the elevator to access the 3rd Floor.
You will have the opportunity to purchase a custom hat at the end. Price depends on the quality of material/details. We also offer a 15% discount on all pieces commissioned after the experience, this offer does not have an expiration date and can only be used once. This Discount is transferable.
The Art of Hat-making