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A Step Back in Time with Goorin Bros.

Goorin Bros. Queen Street Toronto

As of late it has become pretty apparent to me that I’m a ‘hat girl’. Hats are the perfect accessory to elevate your outfit, regardless of the style you are going for, and a good hat can be so versatile. The super bonus to hats? They are amazing for disguising bad hair days!

I purchased my County Line hat from Goorin Bros. about a year ago and haven’t stopped wearing it since. Whether I am going for an elegant or edgy look, I love what this hat adds to an outfit. You can see it in past blog posts here, here and here and countless times on my Instagram page. Last week I was invited to visit the Toronto Goorin Bros. store to learn a bit more about the shop and select a new hat to add to my collection.

Goorin Bros. Hat Shop Toronto

When you step into Goorin Bros. hat shop it is like taking a step back in time. Swing music fills the store and old nostalgic items such as hat boxes, gramophones, and crystal cut decanters decorate the shelves.

Jessica, the shopkeeper and a milliner, showed me around the shop and gave me a bit of background on Goorin Bros., and enlightened me on hat making in general. Goorin Bros. has been a family run business since it got its start in 1895 (you know how I love a good family business story!). There are shops all across the United States but we are lucky in Toronto to have 1 of only 2 Goorin Bros. locations that offers in-house customization services.

Goorin Bros. Hat Shop

I’m always drawn to the felt hats – the quality and craftsmanship of each of these pieces is beautiful. I had always been curious about the seasonality of felt hats. Felt hats are generally seen as 3 season hats- fall, winter, and spring, but I have definitely been known to wear mine on summer nights.

Goorin Bros. Hat Shop
An ‘accessory bar’ where you can choose feathers or pins to embellish your hat

Goorin Bros. Queen Street Toronto

I tried on countless hats in the shop before deciding on the Goodman hat. I love the finished edge, the satin ribbon, and the beautiful blue grey colour. I am positive it is going to be a staple in my wardrobe, just like my County Line hat. I didn’t wait long before taking my hat on a Sunday stroll to my local coffee shop.

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Thank you to Goorin Bros. for partnering on this post and having me into their Toronto shop. The Toronto hat shop is located at 320 Queen Street West (Queen St. & Spadina Ave.) and all styles are available online.

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  1. Amy Ann

    October 26th, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Love your hat! This looks like such a cool place.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  2. Kathy

    October 26th, 2015 at 10:45 am

    You look great in this hat. It looks like they have a great selection. I don’t wear a lot of hats myself, but I might have to check this site out. I might just turn into a hat girl myself. Thanks for sharing this with us.


  3. Charlotte

    October 26th, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Sounds like a super cool shop. I love the ‘accessory’ bar.
    I used to wear hats all the time, but since I had my hair cut into a bob (I’m trying to grow my hair back to the original length!) I keep my up all the time and buns and hats don’t mix 🙂


  4. shwetali

    October 26th, 2015 at 11:51 am

    love your hat.. you look great 🙂

  5. Rae

    October 26th, 2015 at 11:52 am

    This is such a fabulous post with incredibly beautiful pictures. I am also such a hat girl, although I tend to wear the same kind of hat all the time (except for in winter where I tend to live in beanies, as it is so cold here in Berlin). Really in love with the hat you are wearing in these shots though – it definitely makes me want to expand my hat horizons. Goorin Bros also looks like such a fabulous store and I love how you are immediately transported back in time upon entering.

    Rae of Love from Berlin
    Bloglovin’ // instagram

  6. Danielle

    October 26th, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Goorin Bros. has unique hats! Yours is so pretty!I recently purchased my first hat and might get a second one from this store. Have a nice week!


  7. Heidi

    October 26th, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    I love how a hat can elevate any outfit! Beautiful shop.

    Wishes & Reality

  8. Esther

    October 26th, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    These are beautiful! I love hats, I just never really wear them, but I think I’ll give it a try. I don’t feel like I can pull it off, but love it so much on other people! A hat can definitely spice up any outfit! This shop looks very lovely, thank you for sharing. Have a great week!

    xo, Esther

  9. Ramy

    October 27th, 2015 at 12:30 am

    You look absolutely stunning! Love that hat on you! So timeless and chic! 🙂

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