There are many words to describe Susan Murphy’s hats, but “dull” is not one of them.
Her new Beverly Boulevard boutique, The Millinery Guild, specializes in eccentric, over-the-top headwear (an all-too-rare sight outside British aristocracy and Munchkinland).
Inside the all-white jewel box space, you’ll find handcrafted toppers that range from whimsical (felt fedoras with bird appliques) to WTF? (a mousetrap headband with a wedge of rhinestoned cheese) by established labels such as Cristina de Prada, Su WeHa, and Carpe Diem.
Then there’s Murphy’s own line, Montez, with avant-garde creations like a mouth-shaped straw beret dangling a cigarette. She often uses wooden hat blocks from the 1930s and 1940s, so even custom orders have a vintage twist.
We’re brimming with excitement.
The Millinery Guild, 7767 Beverly Boulevard, between North Ogden Drive and North Genesee Avenue, Fairfax District (213-985-4784 or themillineryguild.com), $65 and up.
Photo: Courtesy of The Millinery Guild