Lilliput Hats has been around since 1990 and has become a landmark on College Street for its vast selection of casual, couture, classic, cocktail, vintage and wedding hats. The stunning designs are created there in the shop where you can watch the hats being made by the owner Karyn Gingras or by one of her apprentices actually right in the store workshop. You can either buy one ready made, but why settle when you can get your own custom, couture, one-of-a-kind hat?
You’ll be invited to meet with Lilliput’s friendly staff to discuss the material and colour to be used for the hat, it’s band and any embellishments like a bow, button or feather. They then measure your head — and I can say that is the only time I’ve ever been a perfect model size. After that you come in for one more fitting and then within weeks, you have your brand spanking new dapper hat complete with hat box. It’s not cheap, but that’s the price you pay for quality and beautiful craftsmanship.
Going into the shop and trying on the styles is half the fun. From the vintage Gatsby inspired cloche to a Royal Wedding-esque fascinator to a black widow veiled hat, they have a style for every day. And I can attest to the fact that they don’t mind you trying them on, as I think I may have tried on every hat in the joint….
Their hats have become so popular that Lilliput’s creations have been worn by Celine Dion, Whoopi Goldberg, Rachel McAdams, Sandra Oh and the former Governor General of Canada, Adrienne Clarkson. Join the club, and get a Lilliput.
Lilliput Hats 462 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1A1