I had the pleasure of meeting milliner Lola Ehrlich last fall when I visited her studio in Brooklyn. Born in Holland but raised in Paris, Ehrich moved to New York to work as a textile and crafts designer. Building on her love of textiles and materials, she began making specialty and one-of-kind hats in the late 1980s, opening her eponymous studio on St. Marks Place in New York's East Village. She continues to make each hat by hand with a team of milliners in her studio in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. Lola Hats are made with vintage or new blocks handcrafted by an Italian artisan based in Paris. Each hat is stretched on a block and then steamed and pressed by hand. The same level of attention goes into trims, which are sew on by hand and adapted to the individual hat.
While her hats are functional in nature, they are also works of art, and vary from the supremely practical to the whimsical statement piece.
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