Bené Millinery is home to custom-made hats designed by founder, Vanilla Beane, who celebrated her 100th birthday in September 2019. The hat shop is a legacy business in Washington, DC's Manor Park neighborhood.


Beane’s hats have adorned the heads of such luminaries as the late Dr. Dorothy Height, former President of the National Council for Negro Women, and Washington DC’s mayor, Muriel Bowser. While Bené Millinery sells hats made by other designers, each custom-made hat is designed by Beane herself. No two are exactly the same.

At 100-years-old, Beane still owns and operates Bene Millinery & Bridal Supply, which she opened in 1979.


What's New at Bené?

For media requests, please contact Jeni Hansen at jeni@jenihansen.com

Bené Millinery is proud to be a long-standing member of the Manor Park Business District. With the help of The Parks Main Street, the shop will be undergoing some much needed renovations!

Please note we will now be operating by appointment only to accommodate the amazing staff tirelessly working to make necessary improvements to DC's iconic hat shop! Please call for an appointment 202.722.0862 or email bene@benemillinery.com.

Please check out our FAQ section for more details and updates!



by appointment only

For media requests, please contact Jeni Hansen at jeni@jenihansen.com

M - S  •  11am - 6pm

Closed on Sundays

6217 3rd Street NW  •  Washington, DC 20011


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