As one of the few custom milliners in New York, Suzanne Newman has carried on the couture tradition in her Upper East Side store. Her hats have a wide appeal, and the fashion-savvy customers of Suzanne Couture Millinery range from downtown fashionistas to sophisticated, uptown ladies-who-lunch. Newman prides herself on a style that is wearable, classic and chic, as opposed to some of the more bizarre creations that have infiltrated the business. Customers report that her hats are very flattering and can be worn on more than one occasion. Newman and her four designers create each custom piece by hand at the Sixty-First Street shop.
Suzanne began making hats in 1985 when she was a single mother. Under the wing of famed hat designer Josephine Tripoli, Suzanne honed her craft and eventually bought the business upon her mentor's retirement. Now a successful Upper East Side staple, Suzanne regularly makes hats for the Kentucky Derby, Ascot, and royal weddings throughout Europe. But you don't have to be royalty to wear one of suzanne's creations. We hear many women purchase her hats for luncheons, showers and weddings. Her custom veils, mantillas and bridal headpieces are also very popular. Lastly, Suzanne makes hats that are pliable so that you can put them in a pocketbook or a coat pocket.
Work at this level rarely comes cheap, and hats and veils at Suzanne Couture Millinery can range from several hundred to a few thousand dollars and take ten days to two weeks to create. Bridal headpieces cost around a hundred and fifty dollars. However, for designs that have graced the pages of Vogue, W, Harper?s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Town and Country, Martha Stewart Weddings, and The New York Times Magazine, suzanne has no shortage of high-profile customers. Celebrity clients include Kate Hudson, Goldie Hawn, Beyoncé Knowles, Tina Knowles and Drew Barrymore.
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"Suzanne is lovely to work with and really understands the events her clients are attending. Her shop is a joy to walk into."
"The wait is long during Kentucky Derby season, but Suzanne can work under the gun if needed."
"Absolutely the place to get a hat for a royal wedding or other equally fancy event."
"Very old school. Her hats are wearable works of art."
"The employees there are so charming and service-oriented."
"I've had my Suzanne hat for ten years, and I adore it. THE place in New York to buy a hat. There's nowhere else with that level of craftsmanship."
"Lovely hats, lovely owner, great quality and unique designs, very very high end boutique- I won a hat contest with this one."
"I go to the Kentucky Derby every year and I always need a new hat or two. Having just moved to New York about a year year and a half ago, this was my first time finding a hat in the city. After searching on Google I found Suzanne's and realized that they make hats for most of the women at the Conservancy Luncheon so I thought I would check it out. She also has a great article written about her in the NY Times. I'm so glad I went! They were so helpful and knowledgeable. I found two hats for Derby weekend and they are both fantastic. It is pricey but about par for a really high quality creation. My hats this year were around the same price as my Philip Treacy fascinator from last year. I would highly recommend this shop to anyone needing a hat!"
"Suzanne and her lovely assistant provide phenomenal service with care. I had my wedding veil made there and it was designed exactly how I envisioned it. I highly recommend this business!"