Franklin Report Report Card for Suzanne Couture Millinery in New York City
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Suzanne Couture Millinery
136 East 61st Street
(between Park & Lexington Ave)
New York, NY 10065
(212) 593-3232
Main Contact: Suzanne Newman

Services & Specialties
Couture hats for special occasions

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As one of the few custom milliners in New York, Suzanne Newman has carried on the couture tradition in her Upper East Side store. Her hats have a wide appeal, and the fashion-savvy customers of Suzanne Couture Millinery range from downtown fashionistas to sophisticated, uptown ladies-who-lunch. Newman prides herself on a style that is wearable, classic and chic, as opposed to some of the more bizarre creations that have infiltrated the business. Customers report that her hats are very flattering and can be worn on more than one occasion. Newman and her four designers create each custom piece by hand at the Sixty-First Street shop.

Newman began making hats in 1985 when she was a single mother. Under the wing of famed hat designer Josephine Trippoli, Newman honed her craft and eventually bought the business upon her mentor’s retirement. Now a successful Upper East Side staple, Newman regularly makes hats for the Kentucky Derby, Ascot, and royal weddings throughout Europe. But you don’t have to be royalty to wear one of Newman’s creations. We hear many purchase her hats for luncheons, showers and weddings. Her custom veils, mantillas and bridal headpieces are also very popular. Lastly, Newman makes fur hats in the winter that pliable so that you can put them in a pocketbook or a coat pocket.

Work at this level rarely comes cheap, and hats and veils at Suzanne Couture Millinery can range from several hundred to a few thousand dollars and take ten days to two weeks to create. Bridal headpieces cost around a hundred and fifty dollars. However, for designs that have graced the pages of Vogue, W, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Town and Country, Martha Stewart Weddings, and The New York Times Magazine, Newman has no shortage of high-profile customers. Celebrity clients include Kate Hudson, Goldie Hawn, Beyoncé Knowles, Tina Knowles and Drew Barrymore.

Representative Client Comments:
"Suzanne is lovely to work with and really understands the events her clients are attending. Her shop is a joy to walk into." "The wait is long during Kentucky Derby season, but Suzanne can work under the gun if needed." "Absolutely the place to get a hat for a royal wedding or other equally fancy event." "Very old school." “Her hats are wearable works of art.” “The employees there are so charming and service-oriented.” “I’ve had my Suzanne hat for ten years, and I adore it.” “THE place in New York to buy a hat. There’s nowhere else with that level of craftsmanship.”

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