Announcement 25% off all ready made and custom orders. This will run until March 1st. Coupon code is "2017sale"
25% off all ready made and custom orders. This will run until March 1st. Coupon code is "2017sale"
- All 504
- Custom Feather Hats 32
- Custom Cocktail Hats 60
- Ready Made Headbands 5
- Custom Made Fascinators 120
- Ready Made Hats 28
- Custom Feather Headbands 165
- Custom Made Peacock Hats 30
- Ready Made Hair Clips 13
- Ready Made Sale Items 48
katecy on Feb 4, 2017
VeritablyV on Jan 21, 2017
I had actually requested red and black, but white and black will work too! Plus, i was gifted some other feathered hair clips and a circular bow!!! Cool!!!
VeritablyV on Jan 21, 2017
Great little hat!!! It'll go well with my outfit!!!
Antimony74 on Dec 23, 2016
Amazing! Fast shipping! A+++++ Gorgeous!
They say that millinery is a dying art, perhaps I can change that
I started off as a psychology major in the late 80's who tinkered with the camera and would spend my paychecks on vinyl and vintage clothing, time in libraries, the dark room or hunched over my grandfather's old sewing machine revamping old lingerie or whatever struck my current fancy. In 1992 I packed up a small mini van and headed to the windy city to pursue my dream job which later turned into a reality. I had a love (and still do) for high fashion, the 20's and 30's, British street fashion and the surrealism era. I soon began to incorporate this into my own work and assignments given to me while attending The School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago and started selling some pieces in local independent shops. I graduated with honors in 1996 and bit the bullet a couple years afterwards and began designing full time.
My line mainly consisted of high end evening wear, one of a kind pieces, some bridal,corsets,dusters and accessories here and there. My clientel ranged from the local club kids, drag queens,friends and some local and out of state stores that carried my pieces. I was slowly expanding and began gravitating more and more towards designs that had a definite vintage feel but still staying true to my original roots which was a mix of punk,grunge, and goth. I began working in more color, different fabrics and using unusual prints and patterns mixed together. Then in the Spring of 2002 I decided to launch a tiny hair accessory on a whim and a dare.
What caused this sudden change of heart and drastic change of direction? Necessity, desperation and pure vanity. Honestly, it was a bad hair day and I was simply trying to cover up my outgrown roots with some random materials I had lying around on my drafting table. I clipped in some feathers and hand made satin flowers, hopped in a cab and went to an opening I was showing at and came home with orders on the back of bar napkins for some of my girlfriends. Word of mouth quickly spread and some long time clients look a liking to these new pieces so I began including them with my garments and making some on their own. A few basic ideas lead to more elaborate pieces and then dozens more and within a few months I had a small collection without even realizing it. In the Spring of 2003 I opened up a store on ebay after a good friend suggested I do so and got picked up by more local boutiques in Chicago, New York and Minneapolis. Over the next year I began selling more hair pieces and expanding with designs, color palettes and adding a small bridal line as well. I began experimenting with different techniques and unusual materials and started building on vintage hats I would purchase at estate sales and vintage stores blending the two worlds of past and present together. The early years were a great deal of trial and terror before I developed a solid method when it came to millinery. I simply kept experimenting with new shapes and sizes and pushing the envelope with ideas, new materials and blending the old with the new bringing the forgotten back to life. What started off with a simple pair of black ostrich clips grew to three and four mixed colors, limited edition runs, three foot curled pheasant feather headbands, deer antlers, taxidermy and rhinestones galore. I never really had a method behind my madness and probably never will since each process is a bit different, I just start working and see where my mind and hands take me. I often turn to sea creatures for inspiration along with tropical flowers, insects and forces of nature, the punk and grunge eras and of course, the 20's and 30's.
So here I am over 10 years later and still designing and expanding, collaborating with clients, friends, photographers and boutique owners while burning the midnight oil and the candle at both ends. My pieces have appeared on TV, have been worn by celebrities, showcased in magazines and walked down the aisle by brides followed by "I do". It has not always been an easy journey but it has been a wonderful and fulfilling one. I'm still traveling down this crazy road searching for new ideas, inspirations and stories to tell through my work. I still tinker with the camera and use my grandfather's sewing machine while blasting vinyl and working into the late hours of the night. It's true what they say, "necessity is the mother of invention" because my hats are living proof. Cheers to bad hair days:) XOXO tai-
Favorite designers are Elsa Shiaparelli, Coco Chanel, Vinonette, Betsy Johnson, Anna Sui, Stephan Sprouse, Pam Hogg, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy, and Stephan Jones.
Favorite movies include, Unzipped, My Fair Lady, Slaves Of New York, Sid and Nancy, The People Verses Larry Flynt, Walk The Line, Pollock, Another State Of Mind, The Cotton Club, Purple Rain, and Pretty In Pink.
Favorite tunes to listen to while working: The Jesus and Mary Chain, Nirvana, X, KMFDM, Mazzy Star, Sonic Youth, X, Hole, The Ramones, The Muffs.
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