Abe Cortez is a man of many hats. The third generation owner of downtown's Paris Hatters has paired customers with their perfect hats for decades. The process is simple: The client selects the color, quality and style, then the hat is hand-sculpted according to height, shoulder width, weight and stature. And with restoration on old hats, including cleaning, shaping, band and liner replacements, customers can keep their Stetson's pert for decades to come. Chances are, you'll find Abe the Hatter himself on a visit to the shop. He operates his old hand-cranked cash register seven days a week (ready in case someone famous stumbles in). Previous clients include Johnny Cash, dog whisperer Cesar Millan, French shoe designer Christian Louboutin, Matthew McConaughey and Pope John Paul II. 119 Broadway, (210) 223-3453, parishatters.com
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