Thursday, June 25, 2015

Summer Tricornes

A new style of straw braid hat was recently listed in our Etsy shop. 'Cavendish Starfish' comes in four colorways, and each one is one of a kind.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


Here are some quick shots of a few new styles for summer, all available for sale now at The Hat Shop in New York city.

The following two cocktail hats are so brand new, they're as yet unnamed.

The first is hand draped in one-of-a-kind straw with vintage braid trim.

Another hand-draped cocktail hat, in vintage Florentine straw.

'Art of Motion' feather sculpture mounted on a sewn straw braid mini pillbox. In black and navy. Coming soon also in red and other colors.

 'Silent World Special', another feather sculpture cocktail hat, this one is mounted on a headband.

 'Gretchen' draped percher picture hat in vintage Florentine straw.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Back in Action - and - Blink and You Might Miss It

I am very happy to announce that my studio in NYC is now fully set up and operational, my Etsy store is back up and running, and I'm busily filling orders.

 Want to buy a hat for the holidays? There's still time- many of the hats in my Etsy store are now in stock and ready to ship. Just ask about availability for the style you're interested in and I'll let you know if it can make it to you in time.

In other news, I was very happy to discontinue the popular 'Sabrina' mini top hat in black the other day. I ran out of the silk veiling that that style requires, making the *last one ever*.

It felt like an accomplishment, as the bolt of veiling had been a pretty big one to start with. 'Sabrina' is still available in brown tones, for now. But when the brown veiling runs out, that one will be discontinued also.

Many of my styles are limited editions, because I use vintage materials that are only available in limited quantities, and when they're gone, they're gone. So, if you have a hat in mind, don't dally or you might miss it forever!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Changes II

Last week, I got a great new job working for Lynne Mackey's studio, she is an incredible theatrical milliner. This bit of fairy magic greets me each time I enter the front door.

Things are going swimmingly. Everyone there is super nice, I enjoy the work and it's all very wonderful.

Then, today, she receives binders full of notes, images, costume sketches, etc. related to the next big job that the studio is going to do. She opens them up to let the rest of us have a look, and... bam.

Together with the superb theatrical costume shop 'Tricorne', Lynne's studio will be re-creating the costumes from Leon Bakst's designs for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes 1921 production of 'Sleeping Beauty'. One of the most amazing artists of the 20th century, designing for the most influential and innovative ballet company of the 20th century (maybe ever), for one of the most iconic pieces in ballet history. This is just a small sampling of Bakst's designs for the production. I recognized them right away, having drooled over everything Ballets Russes during many happy years working at the Museum of Performance and Design.

I almost passed out from the excitement and was beside myself all afternoon.

So. If I do a good job and can keep my cool through the first couple of weeks (trial period), she might let me stay on. And I might get to work on this stuff.

You better believe that I am going to be *very, very good*.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Tantalum Magazine - 'Student Body' Fashion Shoot

Recently received this tearsheet from House of Nines' appearance in Tantalum Magazine issue 34. The model is wearing our Blake fedora in charcoal with steel gray ribbon. See 'Past Issues' section on their site for the whole spread.

Corsets shown are by Dark Garden.


I have accepted a new job, working for the splendid theatrical milliner Lynne Mackey. So happy to meet a bunch of nice new people, learn some new tricks and be back to working with my hands. It will still be several weeks, at least, before my shop stuff arrives in NYC from San Francisco, and I came here for new experiences, so I thought why not. It will be full time at first, and then the hours will fluctuate depending on how much work there is coming in to the studio, so I'll still have time for my own line as well. The studio makes hats for Broadway shows, Ringling Brothers, ballet, the Ice Capades, the Rockettes, Disney cruise shows, Boardwalk Empire, The Knick, and a million others. I'm thrilled to have this opportunity!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Big Changes in Our Bay Area Retailers

Big changes are afoot for House of Nines Design this summer, especially for our SF Bay Area customers.

 The short version:

This weekend 5/16-5/18 is your last chance to shop for a wide selection of House of Nines Design hats in San Francisco for a while. We're packing all the hats at Dark Garden in SF's Hayes Valley away on Monday 5/19 and taking them with us to New York, so come and buy one in person while you can!

The full story:

We are relocating to New York City shortly (in just a few days), and planning to set up a studio there in the late summer / early autumn, hopefully to be followed by a *real live* retail location of our own sometime in the following year. Yay! Our Etsy store and ability to fill custom orders will be shut down until we are established in our new studio, hopefully in August or September.

Unfortunately, most of our San Francisco-area retailers have also been going through changes, so we will have much less of a day-to-day presence there starting, well, now.

Our last day of regular sales at Dark Garden will be Sunday, May 18. We'll be back for occasional trunk shows and special events, but if you want a full range of hats to choose from- our largest selection anywhere in the world at the moment- get over there now while the getting is good!!!
Dark Garden Corsetry
321 Linden St, San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 431-7684
Friday: 11am-8pm
Saturday: 11am-8pm
Sunday: 11am-5pm

After 20 years of great success, Carolyn Busch of Fino Fino in Menlo Park has just retired and closed her store in April.

Our friend Elwyn Crawford of O'Lover Hats is moving to Paris (lucky girl!) this fall, so we've already pulled inventory from her outlet, Metis Makers in North Beach.

Here are the shops in the Bay Area that still carry a few House of Nines Design hats:
Mystery Mister, Haight Street in San Francisco
Portobello Hats, Santa Rosa
Iron Dog Antiques, Fremont

Thanks, sincerely, to all of you for helping me to establish my hat business here in SF, a city I love and will come back to visit as often as possible. Please be assured that, through the power of the interwebs and the occasional in-person visit, I'll still be available to make hats for you, anytime after my studio is up and running again.