After studying design at the Duperré school in Paris, Madame Barban joined a design workshop where she became obsessed with hat-making know-how. When her employer’s business closed down, Madame Barban decided to set up her own French hat workshop. Chéri Bibi was born one day in 1987 in the 14th arrondissement of Paris, as a tribute to her “bibis chéris” (darling baby hats) as she likes to call them.
The French hat workshop had grown and was finding itself cramped for space. Madame Barban then moved to the current workshop in Combressol, in a human-scale building located in the middle of the Corrèze forest.
Long-time friends, Christine and Moustapha fell under the spell of the Corrèze hat workshop. An entrepreneur in the world of gastronomy and a salesperson, the two know-how obsessives joined forces to take over the reins of this French haven of hat design, which now employs more than twenty people.
A love letter to our beloved hats
Elegance, poise, confidence, allure, stature… We love hats for the additional soul they bring and the way they adorn a profile, imbuing it with a unique and singular aura
Historic pieces of our wardrobes, headgear accompanies us through all the major stages of our lives and evolves according to trends and occasion. However, its inherent expertise has remained virtually unchanged for almost 700 years. To wear a hat is to wear a little piece of history, which we cherish and preserve with passion.
OUR FRENCH HAT WORKSHOP
Our hats are the result of the expert and passionate handiwork of our team of milliners, some of whom have been with us for over twenty years.