making hats

mad ABOUT hats

Some people tell me they can't wear a hat. I think somehow it makes them feel uncomfortable. They think it makes them stand out. Of course I don't have a problem with that! But really, a hat is very versatile. Together you create an attitude and tell a story.  You can hide in it, or stand out in it.  It's up to you!

I love doing custom orders;  talking with my clients, and finding out what they like, what works for them or help them pick out the style best suited for their look. It's about allowing people to express their unique individuality.

Personally, I've had a love affair with hats from a very early age.  When I was in Spain, I stubbled upon the studio of the Milliner, Patricia Buffuna, I 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 the 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 and heading up my own business, Marine & Deerfield,  out of my studio.  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 custom hat, please don'e hesitate to contact me. 

-Suzanne Warfield, Hat Maker
Marine & Deerfield