Talkin’ Shop: Victor Osborne

Whilst combing Williamsburg for noteworthy boutiques a few months back, an interesting typeface on an off-the-beaten-path storefront caught my eye. Whizzing by in a car, I made a mental note to check out the closed store later.  When I returned, I realized that it was the atelier of young milliner on the come-up, Victor Osborne.  The F.I.T grad, protégé of millinery maestro, Eugenia Kim launched his eponymous line, Victor Osborne Headwear with partner Zachary Scott in 2005 and has been making noise ever since with placement in such stores as Barney’s CO-OP and Intermix.

The corner location serves as retail space and production facility–the company proudly boasts 100% local production.  Though there are pieces ready-for-purchase, in the true atelier tradition, one can be fitted for a custom hat by the convivial designer himself.  Adjacent to the shop, he hosts the exhibition space, Eye Level “in an effort to connect artists living and/or working in Brooklyn and Queens with their immediate environment, through art, culture and commerce.”

On a recent visit, I was met by an adorably casual, barefooted Victor who was busy finalizing looks for Fashion Week clients, including offerings for Trovata, Diesel and Cynthia Rowley’s Fall ’09 shows.  

If you’re hankering for a VO chapeau, tout de suite, make a weekend jaunt to the shop where current merchandise is reduced dramatically (some pieces as low as $20-$40) to make way for the Spring collection. If a mouse is your favorite shopping buddy, you can also take advantage of their online shop.


From the Spring ’09 collection.


Photo from Victor Osborne Blog.

Victor Osborne Atelier

364 Leonard Street

(at the corner of Withers Street)

Brooklyn, NY 11211


Saturday and Sunday 12pm – 6pm or 

By appointment.


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