While in New York for Fashion Week, I had the pleasure of meeting milliner Lola Ehrlich of Lola Hats at her Brooklyn atelier. Nestled in the heart of Bushwick’s growing street art scene, Lola’s spacious workshop is bustling with a small group of artisans aiming to preserve the art of the handmade hat. I was in awe after witnessing the age-old process of molding a classic felt fedora around one of her many vintage wooden hat molds, the felting techniques used on her chic leopard caps, and the application of vibrant stitching to her uniquely shaped straw hats. Not only does the attention to detail make Lola’s hats so special, they also exude her wonderful sense of humor and incredible zest for life. Inspired and smitten, I took home two amazing hats: an adorable pom pom cap and an irresistible wide-brimmed, cherry red fedora. Thank you, Lola, for sharing your world with us!
(Lola Hats available here; all images by HonestlyWTF)