My head is gigantic. This makes finding and buying hats very difficult as they rarely fit and almost never look very good. Due to this unfortunate genetic predisposition I have never paid too much attention to millinery, or at least I didn't until I happened upon Lilliput Hats. Bold and beautiful are apt words to describe the creations at Karyn Gingras' fine establishment. This boutique has a style for everyone, and if you don't see one that suits your tastes you can even consult with the knowledgeable staff on a custom creation (made to order in about seven to ten days) all your own.
The hats - where to start really; the majority of the hats on offer have been designed by Gingras, although Lilliput does offer a small selection from other designers such as Kangol and Lily Cole. The selections can be categorized six ways: casual, couture, classic, cocktail, vintage and romantic. All Lilliput designed hats can be customized for colour, detail and size. The elaborate and delicate couture hats such as the Feather Bucket, and the tres chic Paris, a rose shaped confection, were among my favorite. Few things bring as much instant gratification as trying on all the different selections, whether it be a warm winter hat or chic fedora or a small headpiece draped in crinoline and feathers.
Lilliput showcases traditional millinery techniques and all the work is done at the in store workshop.The machinery lends the store a very antiquated and industrial feel, and this is complimented and refined by the antique books, furniture, hat boxes and mismatching chandeliers that adorn the boutique. All seasons offer several opportunities, either due to weather or socializing that can help to justify starting a collection of hats, but at $125-$350 a pop this is not a cheap habit to indulge in. Nevertheless if you are looking for a statement accessory, or just a stylish way to keep yourself shielded from the elements Lilliput has you covered.