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Bené Millinery Custom-Made Hats

Many of the hats you see on this site are custom-made; they have been designed specifically for a client and sold. If you see a style you like, it's possible for a similar hat to be made! Please note each custom-made hat will have its own unique personality as these hats cannot be replicated identically.

Vanilla Beane is the creative director behind the creations you see at Bené Millinery. Self-taught, she started making hats as a hobby in the 1950s, and continued after she retired from the government where she worked as an elevator operator in a downtown DC building.


In 1979, she founded Bené Millinery, and in 1980 she moved her operation from her home to the Manor Park location where - at 100-years-old - she still makes hats today! Few others have labels under Bené. These include 

While Bené Millinery does sell some hats that are purchased from reputable factories, Vanilla Beane still designs custom-made works of art at her hat shop. There is no technology to keep up with, folks! Washington's famed milliner uses her hands, and a needle and thread, to craft each crown. In fact, when operating the elevator, Beane would make hats in her spare time, when not taking passengers to their destination.


Each custom-made* hat has its own unique personality, and it’s almost impossible to duplicate a design completely.

THE QUEEN BEE*

SOLD

Yellow Satin Ribbon, Beads, Rhinestones, with a custom-made hat pin


by Charles' Creations for Bené Millinery

THE POLISHED CORNER*

SOLD

Purple Satin Ribbon, Gold Braid, Rhinestone Band


by Charles' Creations for Bené Millinery

THE ETHEL*

$250

Peacock Blue Shantung, Draped 5" Pillbox

Custom-Made Hat Pin by Charles' Creations for Bené Millinery

THE CHARLEY

$75

Satin Headband, Feathers, Horsehair Bow

THE DOROTHY*

SOLD

Black Straw Frame, Purple Lace Netting, Purple Horsehair, Beaded Brooch

THE MICHAEL

$35

Men's Fedora

THE LORRAINE*

$200

Gold Metallic Straw, Gold Sequin Braid Trim, Optional Floral Accent

THE RUBY*

$300

Hackle Feather, Felt Bubble, Faux Jeweled Brooch

THE CYNTHIA*

$150

Black Straw Frame, Black & Silver Horsehair Braid

THE NANCY

$200

Turquoise Satin Ribbon

THE BELLA*

$300

Black Italian Straw, Sequin, Rhinestone Band, Bead Band, Horsehair Bow, Floral Accent

  • Hand Blocked

THE CORAL

$100

100% Polyester

THE SUNNY

$100

Yellow

THE SUSAN

$150

Cream & Black Polyester

THE JENI*

SOLD

White Satin Ribbon, Periwinkle Hydrangeas


by Darnelle for Bené Millinery

THE JOY

SOLD

Fuschia Fascinator

THE LINDA*

SOLD

Coral Satin Ribbon, Rhinestone Trim

THE BETTY

SOLD

Gold Women's Top Hat, Netting, Satin Bow, Rhinestones

THE CAROL*

SOLD

Black Velour Bubble, Grey Satin Ribbon Trim, Feathers, Large Multi-Stone Brooch

***Please note, this particular model cannot be duplicated***

THE MARGARET*

SOLD

Pink Satin Ribbon, Hackle Feathers

THE CRYSTAL*

SOLD

Silver Satin Ribbon, Rhinestones

THE GEORGIA

SOLD

Faux Leather

THE JUDGE*

SOLD

Black & White Silk Polka Dots, Floral Accent

***Please note, this particular model cannot be duplicated***

THE GO-GO*

SOLD

Champagne Satin, Lace Appliqué, Birdcage Netting

THE PEACOCK*

SOLD

Pistachio Shantung Pillbox, Satin Ribbon Loop, Rhinestones, Handmade Rosettes 


Custom-Made Pearl Hat Pin by Charles' Creations for Bené Millinery

***Please note, this particular model cannot be duplicated***

THE LOUISE*

SOLD

Black & Gold Brocade, Floral Accent

***Please note, this particular model cannot be duplicated***

THE WINIFRED*

SOLD

Yellow & Orange Satin Ribbon, Metallic Braid, Rhinestones

Custom-Made Hat Pin by Twlya & Linda for Bené Millinery

THE PAM*

SOLD

Purple Taffeta & Polyester