Blythe Savage is more than a professional milliner; she is
an artist with a keen sense of style, a discerning eye and a deep
understanding of people. Her ability to articulate the personality
of each Winslow & Ellsworth patron has made her one of the most
sought after custom-design milliners in the U.S.
Savage began her career by reconstructing vintage hats and other clothing accessories and objets d’art for her own amusement. Soon she was adorning admirers with her creations and receiving commissions from Southeastern boutiques. After studying artisan and basic millinery at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and American InterContinental University in Atlanta, she established Hats of Character, a hat line and store in Atlanta in 1995.
Her relocation to New York in 2002 inspired the company’s
name change to Winslow & Ellsworth. “It’s
a combination of my and my husband’s middle names. I wanted
something that celebrated our new beginning together,” says
Savage, who concentrates solely on the custom design division of
her business today.
When designing, she refers to an eclectic range of historical periods, literature, pop culture, and artistic and fashion movements. Oscar Wilde, surrealism and even Walt Disney are just a few influences. “Free thinkers have always attracted me, and a hat definitely lends itself to individual expression,” says Savage.