A personal heritage
Jackie fell in love with millinery and design as a young girl growing up. Her two grandmothers were, respectively, a custom milliner for Bergdorf Goodman, and a coat seamstress. A big part of her childhood was spent on the Cote D’Azur in the South of France where frequent trips to nearby Italy influenced her love for style, obsession with fabric and her appreciation for quality craftsmanship. She had the honor of being trained in the art of millinery under Janine Gallimard at F.I.T, who was herself a milliner for Cristobal Balenciaga in the 50s-60s. Jackie started her own company when in her 20s and sold to stores like Bergdorf Goodman in NYC and Ultimo in Chicago. At the time she had notable editorials in the New York Times, Vogue Italia, and Paper Magazine. She left all of that behind and moved to Paris where she lived for 17 years, and where she began working on the other side of the fashion industry, learning about luxury wholesale and retail at Paul Smith, Ralph Lauren, and Prada. Through these experiences, she learned about actively listening to, and responding to clients’ needs, as well as the importance of creating balanced collections that fulfill those needs. An opportunity at the NYC Celine Flagship brought her back to NY in 2015. Once again in NY she was able to get her hands on her vintage blocks and materials that she had left behind 17 years prior. She re-discovered her love for hat-making and design. In 2020 Jackie left her management role at Giorgio Armani and plunged headfirst into re-building her millinery business from the ground up.
The Art of Millinery
Jackie loves to use the traditional techniques of millinery: the hand shaping and sewing, the clever ribbon techniques etc, but also incorporates modernity in shapes, textures and unexpected details. All of her straws and felts are blocked and shaped by hand using vintage wooden blocks that she inherited from her grandmother. She uses a specialized technique employing a cast iron egg, which only a handful of artisans in Europe are skilled in. This vintage method allows her to create one of a kind shapes.