Hats >Ellen Christine Millinery
99 Vandam St, New York, NY | Directions 1001340.726715 -74.008923
Neighborhoods: SoHo, Downtown
Tis the season... to wear a hat! – Forget about buying another black dress or pair of skinny jeans - go pick up an Ellen Christine original it will define your look for the night ... or the season.
Ellen has a gift for bringing out your individual style - and will never let you walk out the door with anything less than fabulous. If her work seems familiar its probably because its seen regularly in all the style bibles - Vogue, W, Bazaar and many more. I go to Ellen for all special occasions and her work always steals the show.
Head Lines – No name has been so closely linked with innovative and refined millinery since Coco Chanel. Ellen Christine Millinery at 255 West 18 Street has been crowning New York's chic heads for many years, building a base of loyal clients and unabashed fans. Ellen knows what works for each individual and will create a custom work of art to elicit the wearer's unique style sense. (At least fifty of her glorious confections have found their way into my collection over time, and I've no intention of cutting back any time soon.) If you're looking for something to cover your head, go to a hat shop. If you are looking for something that will turn heads, go to Ellen Christine and come away with a masterpiece.
Custom made hats for any size head. – I've known Ellen since our rockabilly days because I always wore big hats to the clubs with my crinoline dresses. She use to tell me how much she like my look. She use to dress up in clothes from the 1950's with the cutest little cocktail hats that matched or coordinated with her outfit. I use to tell her she should design hats and open a store and that she did. So after she opened her store I went to visit her there to see all her fun creations.
The store is filled with beautiful custom made hats. In the back you can watch the girls making the hats. The best part about these custom made hats is they are made special to fit your head so that they don't give you a headache from being too tight or fall down on your face from being too loose. When you come to the store Ellen measures your head and discusses with you about the best style hat for your face. She uses the best fur felts and straws on the market so that the hats stay in good condition and can be worn for a very long time. When you go in and look the selection then the price tag you must take into account that the hats are custom made special for you out of the best fabrics and that you'll get years of wear and pleasure out of them. Besides they come packed in lots of tissure with a beautiful hat box as part of the price.
The shop its self is adorable and is on a quiet street in Chelsa. Ellen is wonderful and takes alot of time to word and satisfiy each client. WELL ONE THINK IS FOR SURE YOU WON'T SEE YOURSELF COMING AND GOING IN ONE OF THESE HATS LIKE YOU WOULD IF YOU BOUGHT A HAT THAT WAS MADE IN CHINA.
A TRULY WONDROUS EXPERIENCE – Ellen Christine has one of the most intimate and original boutiques in all of New York. Her personal approach to doing business is unmatched and unheard of in today's world of sterile and plastic mass marketed products. Definitely a 19th century approach and mindset - an oasis in the midst of chaotic NYC. that will serve as a panacea for everything that ails you. Ellen Christine creates some of the most beautiful bespoke hats that you will ever see. Worth the trip to W. 18th St. just to take a look. A veritable museum.
My hats off to you! – I have walked by Ellen Christine's shop for years when I have come into NY from LA. I would say to myself " One day I am going to buy one of those hats! " Well just last month I did. (why the hell did I wait so long!) I bought a lovely creme cloche with 3 diamond shaped vintage swarovski crystals ascending on an angle along the side. I have been stopped by people everywhere wearing this hat from 13 year olds to more seasoned lady's (if you will :) Where diid you get that hat? I love your hat! I love your look! A hat alone can simply create a "look" for any outfit. Its the decoration on the cake and you are the cake :) My experience with Ellen in picking out just the right hat for me was such a part of the charm of it all. Having the designer onsight with all her knowledge of fashion and its history is a treasure! I am a singer/songwriter and performer who loves fashion, especially vintage. Ellen has married the classic styles from the past, that should never be left behind, with the contemporary styles that are contextual with todays culture. I have only just begun to build my collection of hats and that's the shop!!!
Your Hat Awaits You – As far back as I can remember, I was always “the girl in the hat” or “the lady in the hat” and I guess pretty soon I’ll be “that old lady in the hat”. It must have started out when I wore them to keep my too-curly hair somewhat in control and then it just became a habit (obsession, signature style, constant need, etc, etc, etc—I probably have a bald spot on my head that I’ve never seen…). So why wouldn’t I swoon with delight upon walking into Ellen Christine Millinery and be in need of CPR to be revived? This designer of extraordinary hats can change the fashion world through hats alone.
What’s your hat-wearing pleasure? Formal? Business? Casual? There’s a hat for every occasion, you know. Ellen’s cocktail hats can make an evening-look unforgettable. Her straws and felts can ratchet-up a business or day-look, and the same are stellar for casual wear. REALLY NOW, WHO WANTS TO LOOK LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE???? Everyday fashion can get so boring. A creative dresser who thinks outside-the-box would be able to work any hat into a memorable look!
Ellen Christine has been in Chelsea for over 14 years. (WHAT??!!) In this city, that is a feat in itself. This speaks volumes in regard to her passion, hard work and unforgettable designs.
Ellen designs her versions of the basic fedora, cloche, beret, etc., but she doesn’t just stop there. A visit to her elegantly-turned-out shop on 18th and 8th will also yield many designs that are exclusively hers. True hat-lovers will weep with delight (…or swoon, like I did…).
Ellen also offers exquisitely-restored clothing from the 20’s and 30’s, by appointment only. Highly recommended for those who just do not want to look like everyone else (can you tell I’m not a fan of looking like everyone else?). I can’t even count how many pieces of vintage clothing I own that came from her shop.
I have at LEAST three Ellen Christine hats that I will always treasure as favorites and it’ll never be enough. I am dreaming of an occasion where I have an excuse to get one of her top hats covered in tulle with the trailing veils!
sheer magic – Walking into Ellen Christine's boutique is like walking into dreamland.... Yes I love hats, and these hats are most definitely in a league of their own. Gorgeous, unique, bold and daring... classic, elegant and chic. Simply stunning - all of them. And so is Ellen! She is the most charming, lovely salesperson I've come into contact with in any boutique setting, and I've been living in New York City for 10 years now. The first day I was there, I did not buy a hat at all and she was gracious enough to let me try on every hat in the store - I was in heaven and she seemed to enjoy herself as much as I did! What's more, she even stitched a ribbon on my own hat that day that was falling loose - as a kind gesture. I went back a few months later and made a purchase and she was the same delightful woman... she was creating things as we spoke, ideas popping into her head and mine... different ribbons were tried on various hats, silk flowers placed on others... until a perfect creation emerged. Go and allow your imagination and hers to make friends and create something beautiful together... you will not be sorry!
New York treasure, stylists to the stylists, best fashion advice in the city.... – Ellen Christine is a New York treasure. First, about her hats. Her vintage collection is unmatched (just call ahead, even with the vaguest requests like "I like 30s secretary! And cocktail!" so she can dig stuff out of her archive for your visit, which will be the dress-up session of your dreams!). Her in-store handmade hats are a revelation be they Belle Epoque-inspired ginormous feathery sculptures or adorable Surrealistic confections that even the most hat shy lady will don with glee. She knows so much about fashion history. SHe knows how clothes should really drape and how hats can frame a face. Ellen Christine gives the best fashion and styling advice in the city. Professional stylists rely on her knowledge and chic all the time--so why not you?
Fact or Fiction - Every Woman Need A Hat - (Many Hats) – ?Eighteenth and Eight Avenue,? Valia told the driver getting back into the taxi after leaving the cd in the mailbox.
?So close to home?? Greta asked.
The taxi pulled up down the block from Ellen Christine?s Millinery shop. ?Come,? Valia spoke in a perfect imitation of Garbo.
?Be gentle,? Greta sighed.
Valia took her hand and led her into the boutique, where they were greeted by the owner/designer. The brightly lit room was awash with gorgeous hats, a hat lover?s paradise, especially a woman?s hat lover.
Whether you are a walking, talking, breating human being, or a fictional character in a novel like Valia and Greta above, if you are lucky enough to find Ellen Christine's shop, you are going to fall in love with it and her. I am going to perfectly honest with you, I have never met Ellen in person. I found her purely by chance searching for a Garbo Fedora one Saturday Morning while working on a novel. I loved what I saw on her site and decided to give her a call to ask permission to use her shop in the novel I was writing, to which she graciously agreed. One thing led to another and in short order, I was the proud owner of my own Garbo Fedora, custom tailored to fit my rather large cranium perfectly I might add. She currently has a Custom Cloche in the works for me, which has me a tad excited, but what really excites me is the prospect of my first visit to her gorgeous well stocked boutique. Every woman needs a hat, no, LOTS OF HATS, and Ellen's Boutique full of her own designs is sure to put you in a state of Hat Nirvana. Oh yes, to date, I have had six offers from others to buy the Garbova Fedora Ellen made for me.
Ellen, when i finally make it to the Big Apple to pay you a visit, I promise I will NOT leave all the credit cards at home (teehee).
When you enter Ellen Christine's Shop its like Christmas morning, an array of the most beautiful hats awaiting you. – Ellen Christine is one of the most creative and innovative hat designers of our time. She mixes old with new and something magical happens.
She is of the "Old Guard" yet she is open to jump into anything you may suggest while working with her on a custom hat.. In addition she collaborates with her clients and it's always a thrill to see the outcome!
She lives in the highest octave of creativity, and I am so honored to wear her designs!
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