Winslow & Ellsworth, a custom-design and wholesale millinery debuted in New York in 2002 and relocated to Lexington, Ky in 2006.  Operated by milliner and owner Blythe Savage, the company specializes in custom-designed pieces through individual consultations or commissions by designer retailers.

Originally known as Hats of Character, an Atlanta-based line established in 1995, the collection has evolved from a whimsical, Southern direction that catered primarily to mothers-of-the-bride and church goers to an edgy, cosmopolitan take on hat trends and classics. “As I’ve matured as a milliner, I’ve learned which hats people really need in their everyday lives, especially in an urban environment” says Savage.

The collection features fedoras in various fur felts including beaver, suede or wool, as well as newsboy caps and berets. These styles make the most sense for city living according to Savage. “A fedora complements a smart suit or trench, and unstructured hats are easy to stash in a bag and go,” she says.

If clients have something more ornate or unique in mind, Savage offers private appointments online or in person at her design studio. The process generally involves an interview with each client who also tries on different styles before selecting colors and trim.

Aside from custom orders, hats are available at Jeffrey in New York. Savage’s work has been featured in “GQ” and in the Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences’ permanent collection. She also participates in charity events and organizations including Fashion Cares and Smile Train.

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