Ever since I saw Ryan Evans strut in “High School Musical” with his assortment of brightly-colored fedoras and newsboy caps, I vowed to myself that someday, I would become a hat collector (a connoisseur, if permissible). Since this year started, a lot of cute hats have been popping up on my feed and I’m pretty sure I have a case of hat fever (like baby fever but for hats).
Going through the same thing? Not to worry because I’m saving you from scrolling back to your retweets and bookmarks. Here’s a list of Instagram shops that are must-visits for anyone who’s ready to risk it all for adorable hats.
Japanese hat craftsman and former character designer Kent (yup, he goes by a mononym) created handmade hats that look like they came straight out of the oven—thus the brand name Kent Bread Hat. Kent says that he hopes his creations lead to conversations, smiles and new encounters.
Another shop on the list with goodies for dessert lovers is Elleni the Label. Founder and designer Elleni tells us that the brand creates bright, offbeat berets to collect smiles. “I love creating colorful and fun oddity that can coax a smile even on the gloomiest of days,” she says.
Entrepreneur, content creator and proud ARMY Kim Mendoza started Kore Studio in late 2019. “[This was before my] fangirl trip to South Korea,” she gushes. Her shop offers a variety of handmade goods, ranging from berets to embroidered keychains, for her fellow ARMYs.
Its first product, the I Purple You beret, is a bestseller that’s been worn by the likes of Liza Soberano. Other BTS-inspired designs include the Dynamite Vinyl beret and the 0613 beret. You can even add-on a bow with the members’ names if you’re feeling fancy.
Made with love, it’s almost like this shop’s fan merch is telling us, “Borahae!”
Are you into cottagecore? If your answer is a resounding yes, Carmico is the shop for you. Designer, illustrator and plant mom Selina started the brand in 2019. Mindfully made and quirky, Selina describes the brand’s themed selection as old friends that greet you.
Attention, gamers and fans of all things kawaii. If you’ve been trying to find the shop that creates the Kirby beret, the answer is Colourfy Me. It looks like Kirby is trying to swallow your head whole when you wear the hat. It’s pretty funny and the Nintendo character is unfailingly delightful.