the story of madge & me–a bespoke hat maker
Laurie Berliner, Milliner
I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. After 20+ years in public service, I refashioned my life to pursue a lifelong love of handmade clothing and hats. Beginning in 2013, I honed my sewing and pattern making skills at Apparel Arts, Oakland. Later, I studied vintage couture techniques with master tailor Thomas Von Nordheim and millinery at the London College of Fashion under the tutelage of Chloe Scrivener, formerly with Philip Treacy.
My designs are informed by my tailoring and pattern making skills, British training, and the lifestyle of the San Francisco Bay Area. Madge is my beloved Cardigan Welsh Corgi and constant companion.