|by Ki Hackney
Just behind her was a tall, angular construction worker sporting his shearling version. And so on, from Mom walking her children to the youngest, lithest New York socialite, cozy, fur, ear-flapped hats are de rigueur.
“There’s nothing more glamorous that fur around a woman’s face,” says millinery designer Kôkin , who recently opened his own shop at 1388 Third Avenue on the UES. “Fur has a sauvage feeling about it and makes a woman look sexier, even if she isn’t a 10,” he states with his enthusiastic authority. “And there is nothing warmer,” says the man who then describes coming home sometimes to his apartment, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, to find his wife, Blu, “in a bathrobe and her fur hat hat. She wears them around the shop, as well. Having grown up in Eastern Europe, Blu knows how warm they are.
|“The trapper (lead image: All-over crystal fox, $1,250, left, and purple-dyed Finnish raccoon and lambskin, $725, right) has been one of the best hats we have ever had and definitely the best since we opened the store right after Thanksgiving last year,” continues Kôkin. The one-room store’s oversized window-wall facing Third Avenue, between 78th and 79th Streets, continues to be filled with his colorful trapper hats from classic silver to Army green to hot pink snakeskin with bright pink fur. “Even now, we are still selling about eight a week.