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The Savapile workshop with a painted tribute to the man who established it in 1960. Photograph: Why Athens

SAVAPILE, handmade Greek hats

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Down a small alley way in Psirri (close to Monastiraki) will lead you to the hidden millinery workshop of Savapile that began in 1960 making handmade Greek fisherman’s caps. Today it is led by creative hat maker Lisa Sarigiannidou who inherited the business and the love of hat making from her father.

Wholesaling to shops around Athens as well as exporting naval hats to America, Lisa somehow has the time to offer a bespoke service direct to the public and can also ship special orders overseas. Ascot anyone? Your perfectly fitted hat will be hand sewn and customised in your choice of colour, ribbons and trimmings. Choose from Panamas, boaters or the humble straw hat. Adorable mini versions for kids.

  • Savapile Greek handmade hats AthensEvery Greek needs a fisherman's cap at sea. Photograph: Why Ahens
  • All hats are hand sewn. Photograph: Why Athens
  • Savapile Greek handmade hats AthensKids boater hats are popular for weddings or christenings. Photograph: Why Athens
  • Savapile Greek handmade hats AthensLisa uses the same machinery her father once did. Photograph: Why Athens
  • Savapile Greek handmade hats AthensSavapile workshop: Photograph: Why Athens
  • Savapile Greek handmade hats AthensOther straw accessories: Photograph: Why Athens
  • Savapile Greek handmade hats AthensLisa puts the finishing touches on a straw hat. Photograph: Why Athens
  • Savapile Greek handmade hats AthensBaskets with hand painted motifs. Photograph: Why Athens
  • Savapile Greek handmade hats AthensSome of Lisa's favourites. No hat is too large to make. Photograph: Why Athens