mil·li·ner (ml-nr) n.
Basically a ton of inventory here (this was just a smidgen of an entire wall of clear bins):
And all that makes this:
And this beauty too. This one is a $500 hat. I’ve never worn $500 on my head, but I can feel the difference immediately. It is heavy and fits perfectly. The black feathers are hand-cut into those triangle shapes.
Here is the key. She has all this beautiful inventory, but opts for a more simplistic chic. She says it is always better to pick three great accessories over 20 little ones. Quality over quantity.
Britni studied at the Illinois Institute of Arts in Chicago and studied under a Chicago milliner. She had always sewn, but found that designing clothes was tedious compared to hats. She loved making hats and bridal head wear. She moved home and started Headcandi. She also is a manager at Dress & Dwell in New Albany, where she sells her hats, fascinators and bridal headpieces and veils as well.
She hand sews all of her hats. She makes ready-to-wear and custom hats and fascinators. Hats start at $178 and fascinators at $68.
She gave me some great tips and pointers on how to wear hats and fascinators:
- Do your hair and fasten it separately for a fascinator. Don’t expect the fascinator to be able to hold all of your hair. She recommends bobby pinning your hair up if you are using a comb-based fascinator and bobby pinning over the headband on a headband-based fascinator.
- If you have short hair, opt for a fascinator. Otherwise your hat can make you look like a boy.
- Most importantly: don’t pull back all your hair in the headband fascinator. Just pop in the middle of your head, around your hairdo.
You can find Britni’s Headcandi hats and fascinators at Dress & Dwell in New Albany, Clodhoppers, Rodeo Drive and Bella Rose in Lexington. She also makes custom hats; you can bring in your dress or just your vision and she can create a beauty for you.
I don’t want to see any of you before Derby with an cart full of feathers, ribbons and flowers in Aisle 14 at Michael’s. Simple is chic.