A Day At The Races; Where To Get Your Hat for The Deighton Cup

Dec 19 2017, 8:01 am

The social event of the summer is happening on August 9 to 11, 2013 – The Deighton Cup. The women of Vancouver are topping off their outfits with the perfect accessory – a hat fit for a day at the races.

As soon as the Deighton Cup began promoting their three-day event fit for royalty, I visualized myself as Audrey Hepburn circa ‘My Fair Lady’. (In a hat that required me to walk with a cane to stand up right – wasn’t she classic?)

I began looking for the best places to buy a hat, but after hours of searching, I found I was putting more effort into finding a hat than I did for a final at UBC. To save you all the trouble I went through, I created the following list of must-have hat shops in Vancouver. The list includes websites, contact info, hours of operation, and pricing for every budget ($-$$$).

You will see the term ‘milliner’ used a lot in the ‘hat world.’ In case you don’t know what that means, here’s the definition:


Although Vancouverites don’t have many opportunities to dress up in our laid back west-coast city, The Deighton Cup is the perfect excuse to look like royalty.

TIP: When you go shopping, bring the outfit you plan to wear – it’ll help you select the best colour, detail and size of your hat or headpiece!

1. Entitled Hats Canada (Kitsilano, $-$$)

Entitled Hats specializes in one-of-a-kind hats and fascinators that are hand crafted and hand sewn with imported European materials. Benita Dibdin (creator of Entitled Hats) spent 20 years in costume design for movies such as iRobot, Red Riding Hood, A Very Muppet Christmas, X-Men, Catwoman and Twilight (just to name a few). Her price point is perfect for a ‘twenty something’ budget.

Location: Studio – Kits
Online: www.entitledcanada.com
Time: By Appointment Only – 24/7
Price: $35-$150
Contact: [email protected]
Twitter: @entitledcanada
Facebook: /EntitledCanada

2. Hive Mind Millinery (Vancouver, $$-$$$)

Described as wearable art, Dominque Hanke has taken a spin on traditional hat making techniques by hand-forming felt and straw over antique wooden molds. Her unique and contemporary finish creates one-of-a-kind masterpieces, perfect for a day at the races!

Location: 208-788 West 8th Avenue
Online: www.hivemindmillinery.com
Time: By Appointment Only – 24/7
Price: $150+
Contact: 778-388-5064
Twitter: @hivemindhats
Facebook: /HiveMindMillinery

3. The Saucy Milliner (Vancouver, $$$)

A full time milliner; Kelly creates fine hats and headpieces for women who appreciate heirloom quality and classy, iconic style. Kelly uses a combination of traditional millinery and modern techniques to meticulously create each piece, sourcing only the finest materials. COMING SOON: Capsule Cup Collection (email for info).

Location: 2416 West 7th Avenue
Online: www.thesaucymilliner.com
Time: By Appointment Only – 24/7
Price: $245+
Contact: [email protected]
Twitter: @SaucyMilliner
Facebook: /TheSaucyMilliner

4. Second Chance Hats (Vancouver, $-$$)

Second Chance Hats has an assortment of vintage and modern hats. Dating as early as the ’40s to ’60s, the collection is ripe for the picking! Only open twice a week, you should race to the flea market for your one-of-a-kind Deighton Cup hat.

Location: Vancouver Flea Market, 703 Terminal Avenue
Time: Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. & Sunday Noon to 5 p.m.
Price: $20-$100
Facebook: /VivOsVintage

5. I Love Hats (Vancouver, $-$$$)

They believe that a hat is more than just an accessory at ‘I Love Hats’; it’s a part of you, your style and your fashion. From trucker-hats to hats fir for the races – I Love Hats is your go-to hat shop.

Location: 2976 West Broadway
Online: www.ilovehats.ca
Time: Monday-Friday: 11a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday: Noon-6 p.m.
Price: $50 – $200
Contact: 604-734-4287
Twitter: @ILoveHatsCanada
Facebook: /ILoveHats.ca

Here’s a sneak peek at that hat and headpiece I’ll be donning at this years Deighton Cup from Entitled Hats. I had such a great time hat shopping and I hope you will too!




Written by Elizabeth George (The Undomesticated