Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Meyer the Hatter - A New Orleans Institution
I was down in New Orleans last week for the French Quarter Festival, but kept an eye out for anything that would catch my eye, sartorially speaking. Just off of Canal Street, on the "American" side, was Meyer the Hatter, a wonderful shop that appeared to have just about any style of hat that you might be interested in, from straw boaters to fedoras to apple jacks.
Founded in 1894, the stock seemed to run the gamut quality-wise. The brands on display was a who's who of prominent names in American headwear, including Stetson, Biltmore, and Dobbs, among others.
Unfortunately, there were a lot of panamas on display, but having recently purchased a panama Borsalino for spring and summer, I didn't pull the trigger on anything. While I didn't see any Borsalino models in stock, there was a wonderful vintage Borsalino ad in the front right window display (the classic rendering of a clam opening to reveal a Borsalino instead of an oyster). In any event, if you happen to be passing through New Orleans anytime soon, you should definitely make time to check out Meyer the Hatter.