Inside the Makers Workshop: Gladys Tamez Millinery
Since the moment I saw my first handcrafted Gladys Tamez hat, I have been completely smitten with everything coming out of their Los Angeles studio. As a hat fanatic, I would say that it takes more than your run of the mill chapeau to get my heart racing. And Tamez is serving up a large dose of big brims that are both timeless and edgy. The real trouble is choosing which one to buy first!
"During a chance visit to a 5th generation haberdashery in Vitoria, Spain, Gladys Tamez was invited to step behind the curtain and witnessed the secret wonders of the timeless art of millinery. Inspired by the experience, Tamez knew she was destined to be a hat-maker. Artfully blending luxurious materials with re-purposed and recycled fabrics, Tamez masterfully creates pieces that are both couture and sensible, with meticulous details and innovative blocking techniques. Tamez draws design inspiration from a vast array of influences including vintage fashion, street style, classic western wear, contemporary art and Rock and Roll. A fashion enthusiast from an early age, Tamez was raised in Monterrey, Mexico where she was immersed in culture and surrounded by beauty. Her mother, who continues to influence Tamez’s work, was a Lancome model in the 1960’s introducing her daughter to glamour and style. As her family was prominent in the Bullfighting community, Tamez frequently attended matches, soaking in the elaborate costumes and flamboyant pageantry.
Some of the most cutting edge apparel designers have discovered the unique artistry and exceptional execution of Gladys Tamez Millinery, inviting Tamez to showcase her collections along with their work at runway and trunk shows across the country. Hollywood’s top stylists frequently pull hats for their clients, many of who become customers, including Johnny Depp, Rihanna, Kelly Rowland, Miley Cyrus and LisaMarie Presley. Tamez’s pieces are also a favorite of many musicians including Gilberto Cerezo (Kinky), Joel Madden (Good Charlotte,) Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs), Little Dragon and members of TwinShadow. A testament to her artistry, Tamez’s "shoe" hat was recently displayed in the Decades NYC installation in honor of the Prada/Elsa Shiaparelli exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. "
Hat enthusiasts, eat your heart out.