A HAT DE­SIGNER OPENS HER BAG

Air Canada enRoute - - LEADERS OF THE PACK / C’EST DANS LE SAC - BY / PAR SARAHDANIEL PHOTOSBY/ DE KATHER­INE HOL­LAND

Since Maryam Key­hani rarely leaves home with­out an enor­mous, head-turn­ing hat, it’s no won­der she of­ten catches peo­ple try­ing to sur­rep­ti­tiously snap her photo. Now, the pain­ter, sculp­tor, jew­ellery de­signer and mother of two – who di­vides her time be­tween Berlin and Toronto – has added milliner to her CV, with an epony­mous 10-piece col­lec­tion of hats she de­signed with travel in mind. We caught up with the Tehran-born Key­hani af­ter her re­turn from Italy and France, where she test-drove some of her stylish top­pers.

WHAT’S YOUR PACK­ING STYLE? /

Messy. I al­ways un­der­es­ti­mate how much I have to pack, so I end up throw­ing ev­ery­thing in at the last minute. Us­ing a dif­fer­ent suit­case for each fam­ily mem­ber is about as or­ga­nized as I can be.

HOW DO YOU TRAVEL WITH HATS?

I’d use hat­boxes – but that was be­fore kids. Now we have strollers and di­a­per bags, so I just throw the hats in a large bag and take them as carry-on. If it’s a short trip, I usu­ally bring six or seven hats. And I al­ways come back with twice as many, so I leave a lit­tle bit of room for those.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW HAT COL­LEC­TION.

It’s a lot of easy-to-wear straw hats that are col­lapsi­ble and fold­able. One of my favourites is a stacked dou­ble straw hat. I love wear­ing a large­brimmed hat when I travel: you can pull it down so no one both­ers you, and it’s dark un­der there so you can sleep – it’s like hav­ing your own co­coon.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE WAY TO SPEND A SUN­DAY IN BERLIN? /

I like the Soho House, which is in the Mitte district. There’s a rooftop pool and a kids’ club on the week­ends, so we can have brunch with friends while the kids hang out.

WHEN YOU’RE BACK IN TORONTO, WHERE’S YOUR FIRST STOP?

I grew up on Per­sian food, so the first meal I have is al­ways at Banu, a Per­sian restau­rant on Queen Street West.

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