Goorin Brothers – Hatmakers since 1895

Goorin Brothers hats

If you yearn for a departure from what I call, bland and boring mall shopping, then step into a Goorin Brothers hat shop.  Started in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1895 by Cassel Goorin, (the castle logo was inspired from his first name) where he first sold his finely crafted hats off a horse cart.  Fast forward to today and the company is still run by a Goorin – Cassel’s great grandson.  And of course my favorite part of the story is that the lions share of their hats are made in USA!

I recently visited two Goorin hat shops, the Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts locals.  From the inviting exterior windows to the minute you step inside – old world charm is everywhere from the hat lined walls and niches; to the antique artifacts; to the friendly and helpful shop keepers; all the way down to their tissue paper and business cards.   Lots of mirrors for trying on hats and lots of help from the staff make it a really enjoyable shopping experience.  Here are some of my highlights:

A display of various wool, felted hats all part of their Heritage Collection made in Pittsburgh, PA since 1895.

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Assistant shopkeeper, Matt wearing an all felted hat made in Pittsburgh, PA

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The 1333 Minna Collection consists of various San Francisco Bay artists who design unique hats for Goorin Brothers.  I love the design on the interior of the hat too.

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The Ruben Spitz Collection made in New Jersey.

Ruby Spitz runs the last “cut and sew” hat factory in America out of New Jersey.

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Love the antique hat stretcher and don’t forget to purchase a unique feather for your hat selection.

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Ladies wide brim felt hats.

My Mother had fun trying on a straw cloche hat and a wide brim felt hat.

Mom purchased a sporty Grenadier hat made in the USA!

And finally,  don’t forget a hat box or two for storage of all those toppers!

To shop online, find a shop near you, or learn more about Goorin Brothers go to www.goorin.com

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Stylish handbags made from recycled newspapers in Massachusetts.

I am super excited to tell you about a unique and stylish line of ladies handbags all designed and made in Massachusetts from recycled newspapers!  Connie Carmen, founder of Couture Planet, who works at the elegant Copley Fairmont Hotel in Boston came up with the idea of making these bags after seeing tons of daily guest room newspapers hauled away.  The ingenious clutches, wristlets, handbags, and totes, utilize choice newspaper print with eye catching graphics, titillating  topics, and interesting advertisements, via publications like The Boston Globe and The New York Times.  Custom bags can be made to order as well.

The lovely ladies from Couture Planet invited me to visit their facility located in the historic Lady Pinkham factory in Lynn, Massachusetts.  Here I was thrilled to see dozens of bags hot off the press!

So they start with newspapers.

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Then newspaper pages are selected and “fabric” sheets are made. Ten layers of newspaper are used and each sheet is laminated and double stitched.

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Fabric sheets sorted for various portions of a bag like front, back or bottom.

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A selection of clutches.

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I love the grommet closure.

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A wine theme clutch. Notice how the ingenious design carries the theme inside the clutch!

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A Coco bag with lucite handles. I always wanted a Louis Vuitton bag!

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An assortment of ever changing clutches, totes, and handbags.

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The boutique at the Copley Fairmont Hotel in Boston.

For more details, prices and store locations check out their website, www.mycoutureplanet.com