Sussing out just the right hat to top off an outfit—both for fashion and sun protection, of course—is a SoCal pastime. To that end, it only makes sense that two of the hottest names in high-end, handcrafted hat-making both recently launched namesake boutiques here: Brooklyn- and Malibu-based Teressa Foglia (hats from $250, teressafoglia.com) debuted her first West Coast shop in Malibu Village, and L.A.-based Nick Fouquet (hats from $725, nickfouquet.com) planted a new flag for his brand on Abbot Kinney. For Foglia, known for her bespoke ethically sourced fur felt hats each handblocked and hand-sanded—opening in the ’bu with her partner, Tyler Hays Wild, is an opportunity-knocks-style experiment. “I’d never imagined having another retail store beyond ours in Brooklyn, but we came out, saw this space and loved it,” says Foglia of her sunlit shop, complete with a room filled with fabrics and one-off accessories. Hollywood has already noticed: On one of her ﬁrst days in business, Gerard Butler and his girlfriend, Morgan Brown, dropped by and walked out with multiple toppers. “They nearly cleared us out,” jokes Foglia, whose custom styles have also capped off the heads of Catherine ZetaJones, Keri Russell and other A-listers. Model-turned milliner Fouquet, similarly, is no stranger to celeb attention, as both Pharrell Williams and Lady Gaga have performed in his sustainably sourced beaver felt creations. His new gallerylike showroom and production studio, tucked on a quieter block of Abbott Kinney, displays hats on sculptural wooden pegs. “[Venice] is conducive to my lifestyle and the brand ethos,” says Fouquet of his move. “It’s a community and a vibe. I always saw it as the Lower Eastside with surfers. It resonates with me.” A tip of our hats to both makers.