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Hat-making brand B.M. Franklin & Co. will open its first southeastern pop-up shop at Buckhead Village (formerly The Shops Buckhead Atlanta) in October, according to a press release. Situated between Hermès and Canali, at 256 Buckhead Ave. NE, the new shop will join the company’s Manhattan location. The 827-square-foot store will offer custom and ready-to-wear hats, plus masks. Other services include full repair and renovation services, and a customization bar with accessories like pins and feathers.
“Shoppers interested in the craft and process can book a B.M. Franklin Experience where they will have the opportunity to learn and assist in the process of making a hat using age-old tools,” according to the release. “They will also have the chance to meet one on one with a classically trained artisan to design a custom hat that authentically reflects the individual.”
Founder and Head Designer Brandon Franklin’s journey to hat-making began in 2009 during his time at Ralph Lauren. Franklin launched B.M. Franklin in 2014. “Our mindset is not to reinvent the wheel or meddle with the craft but to add individual expression through each piece,” Franklin said. “We pride ourselves on making heirlooms to pass down to the next generation, and we look forward to merging with the roots of Atlanta’s culture and crafting pieces that fit our clients’ unique personality and style.”
The Buckhead Village shop will feature custom-built, organic wood textures, and structures punctuated by black and white details. Hats will be displayed on pieces of art and sculptures crafted for the space by multi-faceted artist N. Carlos Jay, and custom, hand-crafted planters by Brooklyn designer Inner Layer NYC will be on display throughout the space adding more texture and feel to the experience.
B.M. Franklin is one of at least two tenants arriving in Buckhead Village this fall. The team behind Storico Fresco and Forza Storico are opening a new wine shop in the development called Storico Vino.