Sculptural Headwear for Earthlings by Jasmin Zorlu

Born in Germany to a fiesty red-headed American mother and intense dark haired father, I was fortunate to travel all over the world. Living in Japan from the tender age of 5 to 9 helped me soak up their stark minimalistic design aesthetic. I moved to the wonderlands of Iceland at 9 because of my mother's job as an art teacher, residing in a fishing village and soaking up their modernistic design. I ate plenty of fish there!

In High School, I aspired to be a clothing designer, and was admitted to Otis-Parsons in Los Angeles. Instead I decided to go to the University of Michigan and follow a liberal arts education, earning a degree in Art History. In my Junior year, I took a Millinery course offered by the theater department, and was instantly hooked. I moved to New York City shortly after graduation and assisted the hatter Rod Keenan, and several other milliners, including James Coviello and Tracy Watts. I also obtained a degree in Accessory Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, moving out to the west coast for a brief foray into Footwear Design.

In San Francisco, I designed women's caps and hats for Goorin Brothers (, freelancing for 2 years for them. I now live in exciting New York City again, teaching Millinery in the Fashion school at Parsons the New School for Design. I also teach independent workshops on my own, in Freeform Hat Blocking and Cocktail Hatmaking with Horsehair.

Come visit my studio in the beautiful Ditmas Park, Brooklyn and try on my hats! You may even find one you fall in love with. I work with fish leather, straws, horeshair (called crinoline also), fur and wool felt, and reclaimed cashmere. 95% of my work is completely done by hand and is one-of-a-kind.

Erykah Badu, Bjork, Kat Von D (bought through Etsy!) Neil Young, and Tom Waits have my hats. Read a recent article which appeared in 'O, the Oprah Magazine' in March 2013:
Jasmin Zorlu
owner, maker, designer
Born in Germany to a fiesty red-headed American Artist and intense dark haired Turkish Interpretor/ Translator, I came to appreciate art and traveling.

Portrait by Liz Caruana:

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