From cute cloches to funky fedoras, Selena Schleh picks out the most striking designs from five of the city’s best milliners
Hats Shanghai: Shanghai's best milliners from left, Elisabeth Koch, The Hat Lab, Futoshi Hats,Peony Rice, Rouge Lane.
'Red Spoon' headpiece 2,700RMB
Often feted as the Philip Treacy of China, Dutch milliner Elisabeth Koch has seen her fabulous hats and headpieces grace the noggins of royalty and film stars. Futuristic UFO-like disks, oversized butterflies, pheasants’ wings and cute pillbox numbers are just a few examples of the head candy fashioned in Koch’s Beijing-based studio. Available from X Style, Fairmont Peace Hotel, 20 Nanjing Dong Lu, near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu,See full address details.
‘Mary Lou’ silk turban 680RMB
Fledgling hat-maker Marion Rosset’s first capsule collection pays tribute to the ‘navy officers, burlesque dancers and explorers of bygone days’ with an eclectic selection of silk and suede turbans, rakish military-style caps trimmed with antique buttons, and pretty headbands. Painstakingly made by hand, her designs are surprisingly wearable and ooze Parisian style. View the collection online at www.facebook.com/thehatlab or contact marion.hatlab@ gmail.com for details.
'Obsor’ wool hat 1,420RMB
Opened in 2009, hat boutique Futoshi stocks a dizzying 5,000 designs, ranging from Japanese-style flat woven-leather caps to feather-adorned bowlers. Most of the hats are designed and manufactured in Osaka by a seven-strong team headed by store owner Futoshi Kashiwagi, but you can also find some beautiful imported pieces from Italy, France and the US. Available from Unit 2102, Highstreet Loft, 283 Jianguo Xi Lu, near Jiashan Lu. See full address details
‘Daphne’ head-topping 1,260RMB
Closer to fascinators than hats, Peony Rice’s statement ‘head-toppings’ are little flights of artistic fancy, fashioned from hand-woven, hand-dyed silks in gorgeous, vibrant colours. They’re not just pretty to look at, though: all materials stem from collaborations with local communities in South Asia and China, as part of The Industria Collective’s responsible sourcing initiative. View the collection online at www.peonyrice.com
Floppy felt hat 1,480RMB
Beijing-born milliner Jia Hongyen started out creating bespoke hats for private European clients before opening a readyto- wear store in Xintiandi Style last year. Heavily influenced by the glamorous female stars of black-and-white movies, her beautifully crafted felt creations come in classic vintage shapes like a cloche, fedora or wide-brimmed ’70s-style hat. Available from Xintiandi Style, Unit 126, First Floor, 245 Madang Lu, near Fuxing Zhong Lu. See full address details