Last year, I was invited to a Historic Homes event at Gracie Mansion. The theme was hats. Even though I grew up in Kentucky, I am embarrassed to admit I did not own a hat worthy of a gala. After doing lengthy research, I visited The Hat Shop in Soho. Owner Linda Pagan helped me decide on a hat that would compliment, without overshadowing, my dress. Pagan took some time out of her busy schedule to answer a few quick questions about her business.
Louise McCready Hart: When did you start creating hats?
Linda Pagan: We opened our shop in 1995 and started our own in house line in 1999.
LMH: How long have you had your shop on Thompson Street?
LP: Since 9/9/1995.
LMH: What is the most difficult, or time consuming, hat you’ve created? Who was it for? What event?
LP: An authentic reproduction of the “My Fair Lady” (at Ascot) hat. For Halloween, for a little girl… so it had to be to scale!
LMH: Any other especially favorite or unique hats you’d like to mention?
LP: I love the “Greenaway” hat the most… see photo above.
LMH: What is your busiest time of year?
LP: April and May.
LMH: What is the ratio of men’s to women’s hats that you make and sell?
LP: About 70 to 30.
LMH: What do you love most about your job?
LP: It’s not a job!
LMH: Anything else you’d like to add?
LP: Do what you love for a living and you’ll never work again!