The Hatter

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1794 Avenue Rd, North York, ON M5M 3Z1
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Stepping into The Hatter is like stepping back into a time long past. You can feel its history coming up through the floors. With the hundreds of working antique wooden hat blocks, steam pots and a heated sand press, this true hatter establishment has become a Toronto landmark for over 75 years.

At a very young age, George Catleugh learned the hatter trade under the watch full eye of experienced North the Hatter. After serving in the navy during WWll, George began purchasing hat blocks and equipment and from that point, the company Hat Service was established.

At the height of Hat Service’s days, George employed a team of hatters and, along with family members, was refurbishing 400-500 hats per day. “Those days are gone now,” says son Steven Catleugh. “Gentlemen do not wear hats like they used to in the 40s and 50s. Today, we refurbish only about 24-50 hats per week. The business has since evolved to mainly retail sales.”

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    The Hatter has been in business for many decades. They have done an excellent job cleaning and blocking my leather hat, at a reasonable price. As a relatively small store, it offers a well designed selection of seasonal hats. This is a reliable place for buying and maintaining quality hats.

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    The name says it all: this traditional shop is dedicated to keeping hat culture alive at its single, midtown location. Started in the mid-1940s, The Hatter has changed its name along the way but never wavered from its commitment to selling well-fitted, high quality hats. The focus is on classic and updated versions of fedoras, berets, Panamas and trilbies including the iconic Biltmore line and other leading brands. The Hatter also offers cleaning and blocking services.

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