Jenny Mathison-Foster has a double major in art history and design with a
fiber emphasis. She worked for 20 years with Crate&Barrel as a designer,
working in the store and at corporate in Chicago. There she immersed
herself not only in spacial planning but eagerly learned to recognize and
curate great design in everyday objects. While still at Crate&Barrel, she
read an article on hat making, and was amazed at how they were made. The
process felt familiar as it contained aspects of both design and fiber
arts. It took nearly 5 years of searching to find classes in millinery,
but when she did, she knew that hat-making felt like home.
15 years later, starting with 125 vintage wood hat blocks, Jenny set out
to open a bespoke millinery shop and atelier. She opened a shop in
downtown McKinney,Texas in 2015. In 2019 she closed her shop to
concentrate on her bespoke creations. The new atelier is in the historic
Cotton Mill less than a mile from her old shop.
Jenny's years of living and working in the design world come through in
her custom and ready-made hat designs. She strives for a Bay Willow hat to
be fashionably relevant, yet timeless, and to enhance the natural beauty
of the wearer. Hand made using old world millinery methods, the finest
materials, and with an exceptional eye to design and detail.