Whether it’s the long dregs of a cold and brutal winter here in Detroit, or the warm and sunny spring or summer time, when you experience as much weather as we do here in Michigan, odds are you’re going to want to wear a hat. But don’t get us wrong, hats can also be very stylish and have never truly gone out of style. Just the varieties slip in and out of vogue. Be it for practical purposes or because you’re interested in wearing something fashionable, these Detroit-area shops will provide you with the very best service and quality.

Henry the Hatter is located on Broadway St. in downtown Detroit. (Credit, Michael Ferro)

Henry the Hatter
1307 Broadway St.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-0970

It’s almost futile to write an article about the best hat stores in Detroit and not lead off with the veritable Henry the Hatter. Since 1893, for well over a century, Henry the Hatter has been supplying the best caps to everyone. From celebrities like Kid Rock and his signature fedoras, to a regular Joe and their derby cap, no matter what you’re looking for, Henry has it. The list of famous names that have done business at Henry’s is simply too long to list here, but trust us that good service and great quality go a long way at this downtown Detroit shop.

Detroit Outfitters
6795 E. 9 Mile
Warren, MI 48091
(586) 755-7808

If it’s more of a practical hat you’re looking for, whether you’re into construction or any other type of rough service job, Detroit Outfitters, located just north of the city in Warren, can help you find something suitable that’ll help you perform your best. Carrying a massive supply of locally made and nationally renowned products, including hats, boots and other workman supplies, Detroit Outfitters has the knowledgeable staff and no-nonsense attitude to find what’s right for you and not waste your time.

Gameday Detroit
41 E. Adams Ave,
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 285-8104

Perhaps it’s not fashion, nor even functionality you’re looking for in a new hat, but instead, something to show off your Detroit sports team pride. Gameday Detroit, which has several locations within malls and venues across the Metro Detroit area, also has a flagship location situated right across the street from Comerica Park (home of the Detroit Tigers) and Ford Field (home of the Detroit Lions). Here you’ll find all of the sports gear that you could ever want, including official Detroit Tigers hats just like the players wear. For any hat for any sport, think of Gameday Detroit.

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A stocking cap from Pure Detroit. (Credit, Michael Ferro)

Pure Detroit
500 Griswold St.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 963-1440

Located in the heart of downtown Detroit in the nearly 100-year-old “Cathedral of Finance,” the Guardian Building, Pure Detroit is a grassroots-led clothing and retail store that has been promoting and creating wonderful Detroit-oriented gear for almost 20 years. Among some of the top sellers are its “Detroit City” shirts and hats, which have been touted by celebrities and famous personalities across the country. While Pure Detroit has some of the best Detroit-designed hats in stock, what will keep you coming back are its other Motor City-themed gifts, such as its beautiful and local Pewabic pottery. Can’t make it downtown to buy a hat? No problem, Pure Detroit has plenty on its online store.

Made In Detroit – The Detroit Shoppe
2800 W. Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48084
(248) 816-5470

Within Somerset Mall in the trendy area of Troy, there’s a wonderful upscale store known as The Detroit Shoppe, which specializes in just about everything Detroit. One of its most popular brands is the “Made In Detroit” clothing company that is currently owned by hometown hero, Kid Rock. Made in Detroit makes some of the best quality hats and clothing that hard-working Detroiters can buy. From baseball caps to stocking caps and army caps, no matter what type of casual urban hat you’re looking for, you’ll most likely find it with a local flair at The Detroit Shoppe with the Made In Detroit logo upon it.

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Michael Ferro is freelance writer and a graduate of Michigan State University where he majored in Creative Writing and received the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award. Born and bred in Detroit, he currently resides in Ypsilanti Township. Additional writing can be found at Examiner.com.