making hats

mad ABOUT hats

A hat has many roles... You can hide in it, take shelter in it, stand out in it, create a new look, dress up a casual look, or dress down a fancy look.  A hat is very versatile expression of who you are, what you want to be, and it tells a story about your mood. Together you create an attitude and tell a story.    It's up to you!

As a hat lover I do have the best of both worlds. I get to wear them and make them. And I love making them. I love working directly with clients, helping to create a hat that fits them, and to create their own look. It's about allowing people to express their unique individuality. I also really love, and cherish my relationships with small stores doing wholesale.  The people that work with me, love hats.  They know it's an important accessory.

Personally, I've had a love affair with hats from a very early age.  Then later, when I was in Spain, I stubbled upon a milliner's studio and became obsessed with the idea of making hats.  Luckily enough for me, I happened to be living in Hamburg, Germany at the time. So, I did some investigation, and started out with some Millinery courses at the London School of Fashion, and followed up with private lessons from Chlöe Scrivener–who started her career working with the former Queen's Milliner, Philip Somerville and later Philip Treacy.  

After my studies,  I worked as the "American Apprentice" in Hamburg, Germany to Ulla Machalett, who owns, runs and makes all her hats at Rotkäppchen designs in the cool and hip neighborhood of Karolinenviertel, Hamburg.

I'm back in Brooklyn now, as of 2015, with my own business, Marine & Deerfield.  I design and make each hat individually, LOVINGLY, using the traditional millinery and couture techniques I learned in Germany and London.  All of my hats are hand blocked with vintage or specially made blocks using the finest straws and felts which I picked up on my travels to Florence, London, Hamburg and Prague. Many of the vintage straws and felt hats are shaped completely by hand, which gives the hats a unique one of a kind look.  

Nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing the smile on my customers face when they try on their new hat. If your interested in a hat, have a look at my archives, and collections, and if you still can't find what your looking for, maybe it's time for a custom hat, please don't hesitate to contact me. 

-Suzanne Warfield, Hat Maker
Marine & Deerfield