It’s not exactly vintage, as these are newly made hats in vintage styles, but dieselpunk fans will want to know about Karen Back’s The Heritage Milliner, a UK-based milliner who creates ladies hats in the styles of the era.
Finding vintage-style headbands is easy enough. Instagram and Etsy are rife with small shops making them. If you’re not too set on historical accuracy, you can also find nice things in the usual high-street locale.
But for hats, the usual options are paying a pretty penny for true vintage or scouring thrift stores in hopes of finding one on the cheap.
The Heritage Milliner provides a much needed middle road. Not only are her hats high-quality; she has a wonderful choice in types of hats and an immense variety of color.
I initially contacted Karen about shipping cost to my own country and was immediately offered the option to get a bespoke hat made (my choice of color, my specific size) at no extra cost to the one listed on the website. An offer I obviously did not refuse!
I really appreciated the full transparency I was given. I knew when the hat would be made, I was shown photos and asked if I wanted to have changes made, I was explained all the options and color choices and promptly notified of when it would ship, and again when it had shipped along with the tracking number. That’s service matching the quality of the product!
I now own one hat by The Heritage Milliner, but I can assure you this will be the place I turn to if or when I need or want another one.