The Studio: An Inside Look

Felts and Straws

The millinery sources some of the finest felts and straws from the Czech Republic and China.  Each felt hat is made of either a fur felt of rabbit fibers or a felt of cashmere fibers.  The fur felts made of rabbit fibers come in a variety of textures and finishes.  Please note that the cashmere only comes in a smooth felt finish.

Fur Felt Styles

  • NEW for Fall 2013! Men's medium weight dress felt: a heavier felt than the lightweight
  • Fur Velour: Fur felt with a velvet finish
  • Suede: Fur felt with an extra fine velvety finish, similar to suede
  • Salome: Fur felt with a smooth finish with variegated color
  • Long Hair: Fur felt with a long hair finish
  • Light weight fur felt: Light weight smooth finish

Straw Weaves

  • Parasisal: Finely woven natural straw used in special occasion hats
  • Parabuntal: Coursly woven natural straw used in beach and derby hats
  • Sisal: Finely woven natural straw used in casual and special occasion hats; comes in plain, lined, knotted, and crocheted patterns
  • Sea Grass: Course natural straw used in casual and beach hats


The millinery sources a variety of trims, both vintage and modern.  Each trim is carefully selected to compliment the silhouette of the hats produced.

  • Silk Fabrics: Habotai, satin, chiffon, gauze
  • Leather: Kidskin in a variety of colors
  • Ribbon: Vintage, silk, grosgrain, velvet, metallic
  • Veiling: Modern and vintage patterns
  • Feathers: Pheasant, marabou, coque, and ostrich
  • Flowers: All flowers are hand formed and sewn by the millinery
  • Beading/Sequins: Modern and vintage selections

The Hat Making Process

The construction process begins with hat blocking or draping the felt or straw over one of the millinery's many traditional hat blocks molds.  The hats are steamed and stretched into the perfect shape and then sized to the appropriate size.  Each hat is then given a signature sweatband designed and made in house and an edging treatment to complete the structure of the hat.  These processes are done on the sewing machine.  Trims are then hand sewn to complete the hat.






From The Blog

“For some people the hat business is what comes naturally and for Jennifer L. Copeland this must be the case. The young woman couldn't find the right hat a few years ago, and decided to teach herself the trade.”

Hat Life