Shopping: Goorin Bros. hat shop goes old school on Larchmont

Special to the Los Angeles Times

Back when hats were an indispensible element of civilized dressing, neighborhoods typically boasted a hat shop — a social spot where milliners made and fit hats for the locals.

It’s that cordial vibe of an old-school chapeau shop that San Francisco-based hat company Goorin Bros. hopes to recreate with its retail stores. Its first L.A. location is on Melrose and its second opened recently on Larchmont Boulevard — one of L.A.'s most neighborhood-minded shopping districts.

“We look for locations where families live, and where there’s a small-town feel,” said Ben Goorin, chief executive of the company and the great-grandson of Cassel Goorin, who founded the company in Pittsburgh in 1895. “Larchmont is one of the few Los Angeles neighborhoods where people actually park and walk around. There’s a strong sense of community.”

The walls of the 1,050-square-foot shop are covered in nearly every style of hat imaginable for men and women — including baseball and newsboy caps, floppy and structured straw sun hats and fedoras. Prices range from $25 to $200.


Framed black-and-white photographs tell the story of the family-owned company, while objects such as an old camera reel (which doubles as a hanging light fixture), an 18th century music box and an antique standing mirror hearken back to Hollywood’s golden age.

It’s a carefully cultivated atmosphere, and one that matches the tone of the shop’s retro-inspired merchandise.

“Our hats are…inspired by the past,” Goorin said. “But now you can wear a very classic hat with a very casual wardrobe, like with jeans and a T-shirt. In that case, the hat becomes your mark of individuality. We attract people who exude confidence.”

141½ N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 463-2006. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.


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