From his millinery studio in the heart of Harlem, Rod Keenan produces men’s hats in innovative and fashion forward styles. Keenan produces his designs in the time-honored couture tradition, combining his modern vision with handcrafted skills which emphasize detailed construction and use of fine and unusual materials.
Keenan studied fashion in Paris at Parsons School of Design before returning to New York where he received his millinery degree from The Fashion Institute of Technology. After honing his skills with apprenticeships at leading milliners Lola Ehrlich, Victoria DiNardo and Woody Shelp, Keenan set up his own studio nine years ago.
Keenan produces two lines each year: straw hats are designed for Spring and felted-fur hats sell in the Fall. Keenan’s hats are available in select stores around the world. Barney’s New York carries the line in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. The men’s hats are also available in Japan, Antwerp, and Miami as well as at Maxfield in Los Angeles, Harvey Nichols and Browns in London.
The stellar list of devoted custom clients includes: Jay Kay of Jamiroquai, Alicia Keys, Elvis Costello, Brad Pitt, Justin Timberlake, Bill Murray, Prince, Sir Elton John, Dennis Rodman, John Leguizamo, Vince Vaughn, Lisa Marie Presley, Maxwell, Cedric the Entertainer, Robin Williams, Danny DeVito and Samuel L. Jackson.
Keenan has never advertised his hats, but his remarkable press exposure and editorial coverage are testaments to the admiration of his followers, as well as to the loyalty of the many stylists who rely upon him. Rod Keenan New York hats have been featured in: Architectural Digest, Details, DNR, Genre, GQ, Harpers Bazaar, Interior Design, Interview, L’uomo Vogue Maxim, The New York Post, The New York Times, Nylon, Paper, People, Rolling Stone, Surface, TV Guide, Us, Vanity Fair, Vibe, Vogue Hommes, W and Wallpaper.
Keenan’s hats have also been worn in numerous films including Charlie’s Angels, Shaft, Mars Attacks and The Fast and the Furious.