Maison Michel: The Art of Hats

Maison Michel makes beautiful and covetable hats since 1936 for the
most prestigious fashion houses and private clients.  The prestigious
design house has made hats for Givenchy, Chanel, Lanvin and many
others.  Founded by hat maker Auguste Michel it’s now
owned by Chanel.   Chanel’s accessories and jewelry artistic director,
Laetitia Crahay is in charge of the Michel House.  Besides the perfectly
made hats the Michel House also offers other headgear that are as beautiful
as they are fun such as rabbit ear headbands,
lace veils, rain hoods.  Below the company website explains their
handcrafting approach.
“The hatmaker shapes felt or straw cones. The material is initially prepared to make it stiff and
to give the hat its structure. It is then passed through a steam box so
that the moisture makes it malleable. The hatmaker takes it out and
stretches it over its wooden block.  The block,  made from limewood, generally has two parts, the crown and the brim.  Once the material has been applied and stretched on the block, it is dried in an oven at 90 °C.” MM.

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