Spy: Hat Party

lands in London


When it comes to buying a winter hat, there is no better place in the world than Maison Michel. Its felt hats – often in two colour tones or with a contrasting band – have long been the treasure at the end of a winter accessories hunt given that they are only stocked in limited styles and colours at independent retailers. However, the French, Chanel-owned milliner has finally opened its second store outside of Paris in London’s historic 19th century mall, the Burlington Arcade.

In store you’ll find signature Maison Michel styles including the Virginie, the Andre, and the Henrietta in addition to rabbit fur felt, beaver and hand-stitched straw designs. The space itself resembles its Rue Cambon sibling with bright walls lined with Maison Michel hat boxes and taxidermy animals from Paris’ famous Deyrolle.