Memar Hat Millinery

Hats were a sign of status or a job, aristocracy wore the ultimate fashions and fanciest designs, it was a sign of success and wealth. It was disrespectful to walk outside of the house not wearing one, it used to be the completion of the outfit, it was almost as necessary as wearing a corset during the eighteen hundreds.

Visiting Memar Millinery was a remarkable experience, to see the entire process of different types of hats being made. The Memar Millinery is one of the last 3 factories left in Italy that has the means to have production in house. This company has a long history and prestige, as hats have been a tradition in Italy from centuries. The factory started in 1903, it is a family owned business that has been passed down from generation to generation. Memar has vendors, all over the world. They have worked with Macys, Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and many more.

The factory has kept itself going by sourcing new materials, coming up with new techniques and collaborations with high-end designers. This way not only the quality of the materials and production is something to admire but the enthusiasm and spirit of competition.

We had a tour around the millinery facilities. Witnessing the work it takes for a straw fedora to be sewn and the shaping of felt and straw hats.  Most of the raw goods come from Italian land but other sources are also used.

At last, we got to be hands on and decorated a hat of our choice.

I am a big fan of accessories but specially hats, after this visit I have learned to have a better appreciation of the craft and skills required for this labor. Memar millinery not only has years of quality and experience, but also passion and heritage.

And The Work Continues..

In my previous post (here), I talked about the working progress of our graduation portfolios, but on top of that, we’re also working on our exhibition/graduation garments! Each student found inspiration from our trip to Paris and as a class came up with a concept for our designs. We’re still in the beginning stages of putting our patterns onto fabric, but I’m super excited to see how everyone interpreted the concept and put their own twist to it. And I think that’s the most interesting part about this project, since every single of one us are so different, to have one common theme and constructing garments individually to be shown as a collection. There’s only a few weeks left until graduation, so we’ll all definitely be breaking night till the completion of our portfolios and garments!

Here’s a sneak peak of what we’ve been working on!


{Elisa and her skirt in muslin}

{Taylor with a preview of her dress}

{Sabrina in the process of cutting her patterns}

{Grace working on the understructure for her dress}

{Maggie draping her skirt}

{& the first layer of my dress with a 1/4 of the skirt missing :P}

Even with the amount of work we have, I made the time this weekend to enjoy the sunset at Piazza Michelangelo which overlooks the entire city of Florence. The view was breath-taking, and reminded me of why I love Florence so much..

{In paradise– at Piazza Michelangelo}
Who needs a vacation when you live in a city with a view like this?!

A Work in Progress

As the first week of midterms have gone by, us IFD2 students have been working on our portfolios and our exhibition garments. From now till the second week of April, we will be burying ourselves in our work. Below are some photos of our working progress! Can’t wait to see everyones final collections!! :)


{Gaysha working on her figures}

{Katelyn cutting her pantone color chips}

{Anne lost in a world of swatches!}

{Maggie (left) looking for inspiration & Honey checking her swatches}

{Elisa with her music on and world off}

{Taylor going over her concept with Prof. Feuerherm, also the director for the FIT Milan program- for 3rd & 4th year students}
{Thumbnails, inspiration, color cards, swatches & color pencils}

Happy Friday!! Hope everyone has a good, relaxing weekend! Or drowning yourself in your portfolio… :)

What Does Your Professor Do?

In high school seeing your teacher outside of class is like finding out that the tooth fairy doesn’t exist- scratch that – It’s like finding out that the tooth fairy is really just a hairy fat guy in a tutu…. unpleasant.  “You mean teachers have lives?! They don’t sleep under the desks and eat chalk?”   “No, they are just like you and me, they eat sleep, go to movies and have lives. Sometimes you can even run into them on the street…. weird right?”
In college seeing your professor outside of school is actually pretty nice. My classmates and I were invited to the restaurant of our sewing and flat pattern Professor: La Terrazza Del Principe. The walk up to the restaurant is beautiful! Big houses, tons of greenery and the leaves that are falling off the trees turns it into a wonderland of color. When we got to the restaurant we were surprised. It looked like the food should have cost more but it was extremely reasonable considering the high-end atmosphere. She showed us around the restaurant and I was surprised to find a very nice wine cellar (where one can have a romantic candle lit dinner), and a beautiful view of Florence from the garden deck.
Our professor’s husband is from Sicily and made us some of the best Italian pasta I have had. One was a creamy white sauce with pistachios and the other was a red sauce with egg plant (Pasta alle Norma). The sun dried tomatoes were to die for! After dinner she brought out Tiramisu and I had some Almond Panna with chocolate. It was fun getting to eat some delicious food and it was even more fun seeing our professor run a top notch restaurant! Thank You F.I.T. in Florence!