B.M. Franklin


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B.M. Franklin / Master Hat­ter “I have al­ways been in­spired by fash­ion; the abil­ity to ex­press your­self by wear­ing some­thing has al­ways been an in­ter­est of mine. My mother was a fash­ion model and be­ing around her and her friends ex­posed me to the in­dus­try. As I grew older I used fash­ion as my way ve­hi­cle of self-ex­pres­sion and con­tinue to do. When I was old enough to start work­ing I knew I wanted to do some­thing within the fash­ion in­dus­try but didn't know what, I just knew it had to be cre­ative and that I might have to carve out a space for my­self. The qual­ity, de­tails and crafts­man­ship of any piece force you to ask or at least have ques­tions. When I started work­ing for Ralph Lau­ren I was ex­posed to qual­ity, de­tails and crafts­man­ship. Be­cause it’s such a large brand with a wide range of of­fer­ings I was af­forded the op­por­tu­nity to learn about touch, feel and learn about a num­ber of tech­niques, gar­ments, his­tory and most im­por­tantly ex­pres­sion. Af­ter some­time of work­ing at PRL, I de­vel­oped a hunger for want­ing to make the things that were cir­cu­lat­ing through the col­lec­tions and stores. I left in search of a craft and it first came in the form of tai­lor­ing and shortly af­ter that I met one of the best hat­ters in New York City. He owned one of the old­est hat shops in the coun­try and stud­ied the craft un­der mas­ters in Italy; we met through mu­tual friends and in­stantly clicked. I worked, stud­ied and de­vel­oped my love for the craft for over 6 years. From the his­tory to the age-old tools and tech­niques we use to cre­ate our prod­uct I be­gan to fall in love with it all. I de­cided to start my own brand and busi­ness built around my love ap­pre­ci­a­tion for hat­mak­ing. What sets us apart from the ma­jor­ity of hat-man­u­fac­tur­ers is not only our old­world tech­niques but our ded­i­ca­tion to find­ing old hat-mak­ing tools from around the world so we can pro­duce a prod­uct with qual­ity and pre­ci­sion as they were pro­duced by hand hun­dreds of years ago. Our cre­ative mind­set is not to re-in­vent the wheel or med­dle with the craft but add our way of ex­pres­sion and creativ­ity through the qual­ity prod­uct we make. Our pieces are hand­crafted to re­flect the char­ac­ter of its wearer. We take the time and op­por­tu­nity to re­ally get to know you and what makes you, you. We are build­ing a legacy through each piece we craft. Our pieces are made to last and to be passed down from one gen­er­a­tion to the next. There is al­ways a lit­tle bit of the past that makes us who we are. I be­lieve the fu­ture gen­er­a­tions who don an orig­i­nal, one of a kind piece ei­ther passed down or new will con­tinue to spread the same pas­sion for qual­ity and crafts­man­ship we pos­sess.” Bran­don Franklin Founder

B.M. Franklin, New York City

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