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6 places to get custom hats in Toronto

Finding custom hats in Toronto that combine great design and quality can be a difficult task. From one-of-a-kind bridal pieces to fedoras to don around Parkdale, the city's milliners offer a variety of options and price ranges. Here are some of the best.

Blair Nadeau Millinery
This place is best known for bridal pieces and fascinators that make women look glam on their special day, and not like potted plants or deranged birds. They use a variety of luxe materials, including feathers, Swarovski crystals, freshwater pearls, lace, and silk. Imported from top suppliers, each feather they use is stripped, shaped, and trimmed by hand to create the most unique designs.

Lilliput hats
Lilliput Hats is a 17-year-old traditional millinery where customers can watch their hat be handcrafted with old-world techniques right before their eyes. Styles range from casual, to cocktail and couture. Lilliput hats grace the personal collections of Celine Dion, Whoopi Golderg (if something's good enough for Whoopi, it should be good enough for anyone), and Sandra Oh, among other celebrities.

KC's Hats
Perfect for the person who just can't let the Royal Wedding go, milliner David Dunkley has studied with the former royal milliner to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mother. All of David's hats are handcrafted using time-honoured techniques of blocking, forming, and embellishment. He also does men's hats and cuff links.

John Kenneth
This young milliner specializes in concocting hats made of felt, straw, and sinamay. A rare artisan, he takes the been-there-done-that fedora and twists it into an interesting foray of shape, ribbon, and plumage for the modern man.

Kiss This Boutique
This cheekily-named shop specializes in sassy burlesque-inspired fascinators, top hats, and hair bows. Customers can bring out their inner Mae West vixen and design their own hat with a variety of feathers, Swarovski crystals, jewels, lace, and more.

Leon Drexler Handcrafted Fedoras
Drexler's products are 100% beaver felt, lined with Italian silk satin, and trimmed with sheepskin leather sweatbands that can be imprinted with names, initials, or other small inscriptions of your heart's desire. This place is all about quality and long-lasting chapeaus. All their hats are made-to-measure, but they also take custom orders for a more personalized look. Custom work starts at $425.

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