Why Are Hatmakers Called Milliners?

Hatmakers are known as Milliners. The word comes from the word Milener which is someone who comes from Milan in Italy. Milan was a centre of excellence for hat making and hat makers from Milan would travel the World, selling their fine hats. They became known as Millaners which later was changed to Milliners.

Traditionally a Milliner would make hats for ladies, whilst a hatmaker would make hats for men.

French hatmakers were known as Chapeliers.

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