I wasn’t looking to create a huge hat collection. Only 5-6 hats. But I wanted a few of them to be #editorial worthy. Since I really like to look at the inspiration multiple times a day, I print out a few images and hung them on my wall. Some hats were going to be recreations of vintage 1950s hats that I found Etsy or eBay while others were completely new concepts inspired by jewelry and pastries.
Creating an editorial hat isn’t always obvious. I have to determine which technique will work best and be willing to start over if I’m wrong. Luck and synchronicity can be important. While I was mulling over how to make a specific piece, I found a workshop in NYC given by the talented milliner Maor Zabar. He was demonstrating how to use felt to make food-themed hats. The timing was perfect, so off I went and return armed with the techniques along with the understanding of how to transform a Charlotte into a hat.