I cannot remember who told me about Byrnie Utz Hats, a wonderful family-owned hat shop located in the Financial District of downtown Seattle. When I spotted it on a recent visit to downtown, I ducked in to see it for myself. Though I do not wear hats often, I simply adore them and I fancy myself to be a regular hat wearer one day. We’ll see!
Opened in 1934 by Byrnie Utz, this is Seattle’s oldest hat shop with an extensive inventory and a staff with unsurpassed knowledge on head gear. I found the shop to be quaint, tidy, organized and well-stocked. It looks much like it did when it was opened, which lends to its charm and appeal. I believe there is something there for just about anyone looking for a hat, and the prices will not break the bank. The many brands they stock include Borsalino, Makins and Stetson.
As I browsed, I picked up a packable hat by Wallaroo made of lovely layers of navy and white polka dot fabric. With a family trip around the corner, one that may include stops at a water park and the zoo, I simply could not resist it, especially given the added benefit of UPF 50+ and an interior adjustment for a perfect fit. I love it. What do you think?
If you’re looking for a hat or simply enjoy the idea of hats, pop into this wonderful store when you get a chance. It will not disappoint, and I would be surprised if you did not walk away with a treasure for yourself.