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I love Fall and Winter too. I do realize that sounds strange, given the fact that the Spring and Summer are thought to be the more popular times for wearing a hat. However having lived in Manhattan for 13 years and enduring cold winds on those streets, I can tell you that hats kept me warm and healthy. I wanted to look stylish. Living on the Upper East Side and working on Sutton Place, I couldn’t exactly don a ski cap!
To me, the perfect Fall/Winter hat is smaller. It looks great with a coat or jacket. It is in a classic color, meaning it can work with coats in your closet. It blends in and looks seamless with a variety of styles. And most of all, it is flattering to the face.
When I first started out making hats, I would of course wear them on the streets of New York. I can not tell you how often people gave me positive comments. Men would open doors for me (quite unusual for New York). Ladies would start conversations with me about how their mother or grandmother loved or even made hats.
The hats shown below were all made by me. They have been hand blocked and sewn, using the millinery techniques that I learned at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
Eve is a new favorite. I love gray as it goes with so many colors. Black and white, navy or even red, it is the new neutral. I designed Eve with a vintage flair. The Downton Abbey and 20’s style was my inspiration for Eve.
Meryl would look great with a brown, camel or ivory coat. I fell in love with this orange and creme cloche style. A bow and button accent Meryl. The cloche style is flattering on most. It really highlights the face.
Sweet Audrina features the classic colors of black and red. The black vintage style velvet ribbon, curled pheasant feathers and rhinestone button have made this hat a winner, literally! It won Best Hat a recent competition.
Finally, Sweet Leaf is just that. A sweet hat with a soft brim that can be turned up or down. Hand cut felt leaves are sewn on, accented with ivory buttons. Sweet Leaf can be worn with all shades of brown and even ivory. It can even be worn with black. Combining so many shades on a hat actually gives the wearer more fashion options.