A small but robust community of local milliners is at the forefront of a revival in high-end hatmaking, with their creations showing up in many corners of the world, including at the Devon Horse Show and Australia’s Melbourne Cup, writes Lisa Dukart for Main Line Today.
Now, this handful of artisans on the Main Line and in the Brandywine Valley maintains the traditions of the craft, while also pushing boundaries.
One relative newcomer is Tiffany Arey. She founded Tiffany Arey Millinery five years ago after winning awards for the creations she made in her spare time.
Her hats have intricate designs in elegant styles, ranging from the saucer favored by the Duchess of Sussex to halos, low crowns, and fuller rims.
“I like the smallness of millinery,” said Arey. “The sculptural, architectural style is really what I’ve been gravitating toward lately.”
The good news for Arey and other local milliners is that demand is not slowing down, with some of their most outlandish creations saved for the Devon Horse Show.
“While it’s supposed to be strictly a hat contest, there are people who show up in costumes,” said Arey.
Read more about millinery in Main Line Today here.