Esslingens Hutmacherin: the guardian of a good hairstyle - Esslingen 2

Esslingens Hutmacherin: the guardian of a good hairstyle – Esslingen

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Franziska Lambart (right) and Birgit Sophie Metzger sew their hats in good weather, sometimes in front of the Webergasse 7 house in Esslingen. Photo:

Franziska Lambart (right) and Birgit Sophie Metzger sew their hats in good weather, sometimes in front of the Webergasse 7 house in Esslingen. Photo:

Hat to offer in the Esslinger scenario. Milliner Birgit Sophie Metzger creates creations for the heads.

Esslingen – She gave two hats for the horse race at Ascot, a headdress to Catherine Heigl, the actress of "Gray's Anatomy". Queen Elizabeth II did not send them, although Her Majesty's collection, in their opinion, sometimes underwent a small reassessment.


Birgit Sophie Metzger, a 51-year-old chapitière and stylist, has been selling all kinds of hats and headdresses at the Esslingen Webergasse since 1994. They concern the aesthetics and the proportions. In his eyes, man has so to speak a second axis of symmetry that crosses the waist. A lady who wears eye-catching shoes needs, according to their understanding, a visual balance with a matching hat.

Birgit Sophie Metzger is an artist and psychologist. What kind of person is she on the doorstep of her shop? What hat would reflect his personality? Strict forms for a simple woman who knows where to go, or playful shapes for the artistic guy?


She took the model of the series of vineyards Esslinger

Eric Danzinger, Birgit's Sophie Metzger's husband, is a fashion photographer and not only puts his wife in the spotlight, but also his hat. She likes to work with squares and circles and sharp and offbeat lines. A motive that she chose from the rows of grape vines Esslingen in the vineyard. Sometimes she prints on the fabric foreign photos of her husband, sometimes she dyes the fabric by hand, if the color does not match its color. It uses natural materials as well as ultralight textiles so you can fold the hats and put them in your pocket if they are an obstacle.

In her life as in her design, Birgit Sophie Metzger has never followed a beaten path. She began her career in Vienna thirty years ago. She wanted to study design there. With a diploma, she did not return, but with a Viennese and a thousand ideas of hats. She started well when her entire collection was bought by a fashion chain in Munich. Then it was production and production, only she did not know how to do it. But even this obstacle has succeeded.

Because she had neither master's letter nor companion, established milliners initially wanted to have nothing to do with it. "Once I asked a colleague in Stuttgart if I could do an internship with her, she just threw me out of the store." Angry, she thought, "Then take your knowledge to the grave." time she has acquired all the necessary knowledge, she trains and is part of the Women's Guild.

Not much more space than in a phone booth

There is not much more room in his workshop than in a phone booth. Tissue and cut samples are aligned on the tray, handcrafted on three sewing machines. The Renner are just Prinz Heinrich capsules, which carry the logo of Kessler sparkling wine on natural cork. In good weather, his two employees work in front of the house on the cobblestones. Birgit Sophie Metzger likes to keep everything in one hand, from idea to finished hat. "In this case, no one can pretend that it will not work," because she often heard that phrase. And proved the opposite every time.

The elegant man and the elegant lady wear a hat. Only this elegance has practically disappeared in Germany. He blooms at most, even at balls and weddings, and usually only once in his life – at their own wedding. The market has become small, but everyone in Esslingen probably has a hat pattern or size in the scenario. Like all handmade clothing, hats are priced. For this, they last a lifetime. Unless the body can change its proportions due to one or the other influence. But Birgit Sophie Metzger would surely have a good advice on fashion.