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Hats Off! Peter and Irving, Inc. Hatshop and Showroom
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In business since 1935, this throwback to another era specializes in all things relating to hats -- from making fab, one-of-a-kind chapeaux to maintaining them. Horace Weeks, who's been with the company since the 1940s, will oversee whatever you fancy. For summer, it's the cleaning and the blocking that we're interested in, to keep our boaters and our big straw beach hats pristine. 

Anika Lopes, who runs the operation, says that they have the largest selection of hat blocks in the U.S. "Just hundreds -- it's like a museum! And there's nothing we can't do with a hat," she notes, and that includes minor things like changing the inside or outside sweatband, sizing, repairing, and so on. For cleaning and blocking (about $45 and up, with approximately a week's turnaround), walk-ins are welcome; other jobs require an appointment. 36 W. 38th st. btw. Fifth & Sixth aves., 4th flr., 212-730-4369; www.peterandirving.com (This article originally appeared in the 6/06 issue of Manhattan Living.)

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About the Author: About the Author: Ruth J. Katz is a well-known shopping and service writer based in New York City. She has written about shopping for 25 years for New York magazine; covered the topic on-air at Fox-TV for several years as the Home Services expert; and had her own show on both the USA and Lifetime Cable networks. Katz wrote extensively for The New York Times as well, and contributed periodically to the New York Daily News. She is a passionate shopper, always looking for not merely a good buy, but the best buy, ferreting out a "steal" or discovering up-and-coming designers. She has written five books and is a former contributing editor to Hearst's Redbook, Classic Home, and Colonial Homes; she is currently a Contributing Editor of New York Home, Golf Connoisseur, The Modern Estate, and Promenade magazines. She is also the former Shopping Director for Davler Media's Manhattan Living.

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