This Hat Costs $1,200

and It Sells Out Every Year

Look, we know you may not believe what you just read.

Believe it.

When Brian McDonell and Corey Roth founded Melin, they were set on filling a gap in the growing world of high-end streetwear—there was no hat that matched the innovation of Buscemi's Sneakers, Del Toro's Slippers, or Hudson's Denim. In fact, the most visible piece of any streetwear aficionado’s kit was limited to a cheap, boring ballcap.

Brian and Corey set out to create a new level of headwear—the evolution of five centuries of hatmaking tradition, a discipline known as millinery. From their origin in 1600s Milan, milliners emphasized attention to detail, materials, and construction, and milliners across Europe were the first stars of the fashion and apparel world.

So Brian and Corey became milliners.

Soon, they were ready to develop a new headwear standard that drew on a long and storied tradition, one that incorporated the same innovation that went into the hatmaking that turned heads at the royal courts of Europe and the nightclubs of Golden Age Hollywood. Except, this time, made to work for courtside seats and nightclubs from modern-day Hollywood to Tokyo.

The Stinger is the result of Brian and Corey’s passion for doing whatever it takes to make the hat of their dreams.

Full-grain bison leather front panel and top visor. Tuxedo wool back panels. Stingray inlay trim. Damask-woven taping and label. Silky suede red undervisor. And if you don’t want to scuff the suede? How about Melin’s signature enamel seal to catch your thumb when you take it on and off?

And why not bring back the classic hatbox? Why not build it for the discerning taste of the modern customer, with a combination lock to keep the centerpiece of your style safe when you’re not blowing everyone else’s lid off with yours?

And why not top it all off with a 8-pt VS diamond in the Melin logo?

The Stinger might be the literal crown jewel of Melin’s total reimagination of what modern headwear can be, but a $1,200 headpiece isn’t the only thing they offer—the Melin guys have taken their innovative approach to headwear and applied it to a whole range of hats that reflect the California cultures of surf, skate, art and music that Brian and Corey grew up with. From $79 water-repellent hats to $280 leather-and-tuxedo wool pieces, Melin has the perfect way to finally complete your vibe, whether you’re hitting the waves or dialing it up for a Saturday night on Sunset.

Long story short: if Melin dreams it, they do it. Catch their vision and join the next evolution of the hat game.

This Hat Costs $1,200

and It Sells Out Every Year

Look, we know you may not believe what you just read.

Believe it.

When Brian McDonell and Corey Roth founded Melin, they were set on filling a gap in the growing world of high-end streetwear—there was no hat that matched the innovation of Buscemi's Sneakers, Del Toro's Slippers, or Hudson's Denim. In fact, the most visible piece of any streetwear aficionado’s kit was limited to a cheap, boring ballcap.

Brian and Corey set out to create a new level of headwear—the evolution of five centuries of hatmaking tradition, a discipline known as millinery. From their origin in 1600s Milan, milliners emphasized attention to detail, materials, and construction, and milliners across Europe were the first stars of the fashion and apparel world.

So Brian and Corey became milliners.

Soon, they were ready to develop a new headwear standard that drew on a long and storied tradition, one that incorporated the same innovation that went into the hatmaking that turned heads at the royal courts of Europe and the nightclubs of Golden Age Hollywood. Except, this time, made to work for courtside seats and nightclubs from modern-day Hollywood to Tokyo.

The Stinger is the result of Brian and Corey’s passion for doing whatever it takes to make the hat of their dreams.

Full-grain bison leather front panel and top visor. Tuxedo wool back panels. Stingray inlay trim. Damask-woven taping and label. Silky suede red undervisor. And if you don’t want to scuff the suede? How about Melin’s signature enamel seal to catch your thumb when you take it on and off?

And why not bring back the classic hatbox? Why not build it for the discerning taste of the modern customer, with a combination lock to keep the centerpiece of your style safe when you’re not blowing everyone else’s lid off with yours?

And why not top it all off with a 8-pt VS diamond in the Melin logo?

The Stinger might be the literal crown jewel of Melin’s total reimagination of what modern headwear can be, but a $1,200 headpiece isn’t the only thing they offer—the Melin guys have taken their innovative approach to headwear and applied it to a whole range of hats that reflect the California cultures of surf, skate, art and music that Brian and Corey grew up with. From $79 water-repellent hats to $280 leather-and-tuxedo wool pieces, Melin has the perfect way to finally complete your vibe, whether you’re hitting the waves or dialing it up for a Saturday night on Sunset.

Long story short: if Melin dreams it, they do it. Catch their vision and join the next evolution of the hat game.