HATS OFF TO MILLINER ANTHONY MAXWELL

How did you get started in millinery? My career began in millinery after one class at El Centro College. I was a part-time fashion design student and social worker in TX. I took the millinery class as an extra credit and I fell in love. I realized that many of the techniques I already knew. It was love at the first—and only—class. 

How would you describe your designs? My designs are wearable, luxury millinery and hair accessories items with a touch of couture accents and trim. Our wearers are the fashion forward accessory-loving people that are both women and men ranging in age 18 to 45.

Do people still wear hats? Hats are more popular than ever: celebs like Pharrell and Beyonce have helped issue in a new season of hat and hair accessories wearers.

How does your week normally begin? My week starts of with product shopping for trim and materials. The great thing about New York City is there's vast array of materials from all the world. The Internet has also made this production search better for the average milliner. I work within seasons to meet buying needs. Seasons also inspire me to use certain materials: Fall, I use dark rich earth tone colors with wool and velvet materials. I also create design based on current trends, social media, travel and anything that inspires me.

What characteristics do you need to be a successful milliner? To be a successful milliner in today's world I believe you have to be willing to stay current. — AnthonyMaxwell.com