My occupation and obsession conveniently intersected on April 26th.
I arranged a field trip to three time Milliner of the Year,
Louise Green's manufacturing and showroom are located in her 9,000 square feet building at
1616 Cotner Ave, Los Angeles.
Imagine my delight when diminutive, dynamo Louise Green ( not an employee ) was our tour guide.
Surrounded by hundreds of fabulous hats in the showroom Louise told how chance led her into the millinery arts 30 years ago.
Louise Green hats have been in magazines, on movie stars, rock stars, television series, the Kentucky Derby, and at the Royal Wedding.
Her hats are amazing and sold at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Ave and various high end boutiques.
Beyond the showroom was any hat lovers dream..
.hundreds of hat blocks ( many vintage )
thousands of hat blanks waiting to become fabulous
AND there was Louise Green in the middle of it all answering questions, telling stories, and sharing her amazing wealth of millinery knowledge with joy and openness.
Flowers are a big part of the "romantic" look of her gorgeous hats. A delivery of hundreds of handmade flowers had just been opened. And I loved her board of dried flower buds, made me feel at home.
The entire ninety minutes spent in the wonderland of her millinery world was informative, uplifting and throughly enjoyable.
To make a life of doing what you love is inspiring.
And here is my class before the mystical, magical millinery tour...
And here is my class after, succumbing to the marvelous millinery that surrounded us.
What a difference a hat makes !
A sincere thank you to Louise Green