Creating a classic hat takes time and patience. I start with an idea and might need to do some research for the inspiration. Hours upon hours can be spent reading and looking at images trying to create a story of who, what and where. It’s the point of amassing information. Rough sketches of the hats begin to unfold and blocks might need to be ordered.
Once I have the starting point for the classic hat, it’s time to delve into felts, fabrics and colors. Trips to the finest fabric stores in New York City offer a dizzying array of luxurious fabrics. Samples are collected and brought back to the studio where they are matched to the hat idea. Trims are investigated, planned out and ordered. Each hat has to stand on its own, yet work for the wearer. The millinery tools are assembled. Buckram, wire, felt, thread, pliers, gloves, rope, pins. The magic begins and the hat starts to unfold. Patience helps transform ideas into classic hats. A critical eye ensures the metamorphosis is on course. Tweaks are needed. Elements might be added or removed, until the crescendo is reached and the classic hat emerges.