As an avid collector and wearer of vintage fashion, I began making hats several years ago because I couldn’t find vintage ones to fit my (rather large) modern head. I fell in love with millinery almost immediately, began taking classes and workshops with several well-known American and international instructors, and began making hats and headpieces for others, too. I appreciate the element of sculpture in millinery and take great satisfaction in the meticulous hand-stitching required to make a hat. I love wearing hats, and I absolutely love seeing other people wearing hats. Hats instantly convey style and confidence, no matter what sort of style you're drawn to. Hats give an instant mood lift and they change anyone, any day, from looking good to looking fabulous!
I use top-quality materials to make each Hatnip hat and in particular, I seek out spectacular and truly special vintage materials to create hats for Hatnip. From French silk veiling to vintage pompons, Bakelite buckles to celluloid cherries, silk moire and silk plaid ribbons, and many, many other items, I have a delicious stock of unique trims and materials on hand to incorporate into each one-of-a-kind Hatnip hat.
My Chapel Hill, NC millinery studio is housed in a historic 150-year old farmhouse and is open by appointment. I make ready-to-wear hats seasonally and am also delighted to accept custom commissions in person, or via email, text and phone. Visitors and clients may also visit my millinery studio without an appointment during the annual Orange County Artists Guild Open Studio Tour which occurs the first two weekends in November.
Hatnip is here to help you wear more hats!