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Continued: Achieving Excellence: Hatmaker finds her passion

  • Article by: BILL WARD , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 14, 2014 - 4:50 PM

 

Q: What’s your most popular hat?

A: Definitely the cloche, that Roaring ’20s thing.

 

Q: Do you make hats only for women?

A: I do a fedora that works for both genders, but my prime customer base is professional Caucasian women, 40 to 60.

 

Q: How has mastering hat-making helped you in other parts of your life?

A: I never really thought I was a people person, but I truly, truly enjoy working with my customers. I tell them to come in, play with stuff, try something on. We have a really good time doing this.

 

Q: You work in an artists’ co-op. Do you consider hat-making an art?

A: I think a lot of people do have a hard time accepting it as an art. I had a hard time seeing it myself, but as I move more toward the creative side, I get it.

 

Bill Ward • 612-673-7643

 

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