The Hat Shop

Monday / Apr 28 / 2014

My Hat Shop hat, Derby, gala, hat, headwear, the hat shop, linda pagan
Fig My Hat Shop hat

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.

 

Linda Pagan outside The Hat Shop, soho, hats, headgear, New York, shopping
Fig Linda Pagan outside The Hat Shop

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.

 

Linda Pagan in a Derby hat, soho, shopping, nyc, hats, headgear
Fig Linda Pagan in a Derby hat

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.

 

Linda Pagan in a fur hat, the hat shop, soho, shopping, nyc, hats, headgear
Fig Linda Pagan in a fur hat

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.

 

Linda Pagan in an African inspired hat, the hat shop, hats, headgear, prints
Fig Linda Pagan in an African inspired hat

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!

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