Top 7 Young Milliners Who Are Making Hats Cool
From Rihanna’s custom Benny Andallo faux-fur bucket hat (it shows the power of exaggerated proportions) to Harry Styles’s modern black velvet beret from James Pink Studios and the theatrical eight-inch tall Esenshel number that Jennifer Lopez wore at Milan Fashion Week, designers are pushing the envelope of contemporary hat-making.
1. Benny Andallo
Self-described ‘silly crown designer’, Benny Andallo, 28, has made waves with his psychedelic creations (Rihanna and Shygirl are fans). Silly his work isn’t—the Filipino-British milliner puts enjoyment at the centre of his designs, with the aim of uplifting and enhancing the confidence of the wearer.
“Growing up in London, I've always been inspired by the city's eclecticism. My creations are a union of these influences, and wanting to season and spice the traditional.”
2. Maryam Keyhani
“I like to think of grown-ups playing dress-up with my hats in the same way that a child would,” says Tehran-born and Berlin-based artist and milliner Maryam Keyhani, 39, of her imaginative creations. With a knack for voluminous shapes and delightful textures, the designer blurs the line between sculpting and hat-making.
3. Ruslan Baginskiy
From Bella Hadid and Kaia Gerber to Madonna, Ruslan Baginskiy, 31, has become the cult celebrity go-to hat label. Reimagining classic pieces including the fedora and boater into contemporary wardrobe staples, the Ukrainian milliner intends on making headwear accessible and cool again.
4. James Pink Studio
British milliner James Pink, 26, merges historical style and contemporary streetwear with his genderless creations. From his atelier in Leeds, the Central Saint Martins graduate uses a combination of traditional techniques and modern fabrics that result in a chic and campy mix of references. And, how can we forget, his pieces have been worn by Harry Styles.
London-based Dutch artist and milliner Anne Fleur Bloemsma, 22, creates larger-than-life statement pieces that celebrate the queer community and its allies, as well as the wearer’s individuality. The Central Saint Martins graduate bridges the experimental world of fine art and wearable headgear with a fantastical, tongue-in-cheek undertone.
“I've always loved hats, they have transformative powers,” New York-based milliner and Esenshel founder Rodney Patterson, 58, tells Vogue. Renowned for modern reinterpretations of classic styles, the master hat maker has worked with Billy Porter, Cynthia Erivo and Jennifer Lopez, and is a trusted go-to for unique designs that are handcrafted to perfection.”
French-Japanese-American milliner Jiro Maestu, 29, not only has an artful approach to hat-making but also a strong emphasis on sustainable practices that discourage overproduction. Existing outside the conventional season-led business structure, the Los Angeles-based designer puts out his chameleonic pieces on his own schedule.