inspired headwear : casa de rodriguez

I stumbled into this little bespoke hat shop called Casa de Rodriguez in the LES this weekend and learned a couple of new things. I spoke with the owner, David Rodriguez, who has been designing hats for 18 years. He started out making hats out of burlap marijuana sacks – which I thought was great. Nowadays he makes custom and ready-to-wear hats in many, many styles. I loved the shop and even got a quick tour of the large workroom/studio in the back where all of the beautiful creations are made.

He and I talked hats for a while. Apparently, a good rule of thumb when it comes to choosing hats is that the top of a hat should match the shape of your face. Who knew? I told him that I do love fedoras in the spring and summer months (and do own a linen one) but found it tough to find one I look good in. He, of course, knew not only exactly which hat would fit me, but which shape would work on the very first go. I tried this beauty on (directly below) and it was perfect on me! It actually suited me. It also reminds me of long, lazy summer days. I assured him I would be back for it asap. I cannot stop thinking about it now.

Anyone else out there into hats? If you're in New York, go check out this shop.