MG Creates Handmade hat studio in New York's garment district

The Milliners Guild gives a glimpse into their world  by transforming the Garment District Alliance’s 38th Street window display into the  ultimate hat-maker’s studio.

The Milliners Guild is a national non-profit organization  whose mission is to increase the public’s awareness of the skillset and products used in  the trade. The organization celebrates this year’s New York Textile Month with a  fashionable showcase of beautiful textiles, millinery tools and hats made by its talented members. 

Perfect for the change of season, the Milliners Guild’s hat-maker’s window showcases fall hats designed by 24 members.

Perfect for the change of season, the Milliners Guild’s hat-maker’s window showcases fall hats designed by 24 members.

Milliners Guild’s membership of milliners, millinery small business owners and millinery students began in New York in 2007 after the closing of a well-known hat contractor and some popular millinery suppliers. The purpose was to support those who design, produce and promote handmade headwear. It has since grown into a platform for members across the US, offering education, access to resources and global exposure. 

Perfect for the change of season, the Milliners Guild’s hat-maker’s window showcases fall hats designed by 24 members using their brand’s colors; white, coral and black. Hat lovers and fashionistas can not only see this wonderful collection during New York Fashion Week, but any passersby is reminded that they are in the heart of the garment district where textiles take front stage. 

The display features hand sewn and hand blocked hats emphasizing the importance of fur felt as a staple material used by the hat industry for hundreds of years. Today, many milliners use fur felts certified 100% European domestic raised rabbit (for domestic use, ie: eating) and the fur is a by-product used to make clothing and hat velours. Some of the designers will focus on showing the beauty and versatility of this material as well as silks, velvets, wools, and leather. 

The Milliners Guild window display will run September 3 - October 9, 2019
at 215 W 38th Street, New York, NY 10018. This will mark the second exhibition this year for the Guild. Most recently the group exhibited their ‘Camp’ and ‘Instruments of Rock & Roll’ themed creations at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Mezzanine Gallery. 

Saturday, September 14th, 2019, 4pm,
Milliners Guild members will meet at the 215 W. 38th St. window display for photos and conversation with visitors. Free and open to the public. If you would like more information contact Lisa McFadden