Gentlemen´s Hats from Vienna
Mariahilferstrasse in Vienna, one of the best-loved shopping miles
of the city, a little shop-window of slightly dusty charm informs
the shopper that in the back-yard, an old stone staircase leads to
the workshop of a master hatter.
The original, old sign of the founder leads to the kingdom of the
hat-maker. The stunned visitor realizes that he has stumbled upon a
magic world – a world of elegant gentlemen´s hats of long lost
For the longest time, the gentlemen of the Viennese high society had
their hats made here, mainly the silken top-hats of the most elegant
When master Szaszi fell in the war, the workshop was taken over by
master Caletka, who could not find a suitable successor until it was
almost too late. Just in time, after the old master suffered a
stroke, the shop finally found a worthy successor in master hatter
Shapira – the last master of the really perfect, elegant gentleman´s
In his now 150 years old Biedermeier-workshop that looks more like a
museum than anything else, master Shapira produces exquisite
gentlemen´s hats, adhering to the traditions of the Austro-Hungarian
Each hand-made hat is unique, made from choice materials from all
over the world.
Out of formless stumps, models of timeless perfection are formed by
the master´s hands.
The elegant gentleman who prefers to wear hand-tailored suits and
shoes cannot afford to forego the completion of his wardrobe by one
of the handmade Szaszi hats.
From precious raw materials, unique gems of elegance are made
specifically and painstakingly, step by step, for the customer, his
exact measures are carefully taken with the conformateur, the
special tool of the hatter. The gentleman´s taste, preferences and
special wishes, his face and figure are specifically considered. For
the right hat will, of course, complete the elegant gentleman´s
outfit in a very special way.
Here the customer is royalty and has a huge choice of models, be it
a classical hat, a new or old model, antique or extravagant hat, a
special hat, anything he could dream of. There is no restriction to
the customers´ wishes. Even models that could not be found anywhere
in the world, have been produced by SZASZI, to the utter amazement
and joy of customers.
At Szaszi´s the outside world recedes, even the busiest people
forget the time, in the fascinating, old-fashioned atmosphere
intelligent conversations take place and deep thoughts are
Every fashion-conscious gentleman who appreciates an individually
fit elegant hat, a special hat, that can not be found in any other
place, will leave the production of his headwear trustfully to this
master-hatter, for master Shapira knows from experience which brim
will fit, which type of hat will frame the face in such a special
way, it will create the impression that the wearer has been born
wearing this particular hat…