the story of madge & me–a bespoke hat maker

Madge & Me offers made to order hats for men and women designed and handmade in Marin County, California. Each hat is shaped and trimmed by hand using traditional techniques, the finest quality materials, careful attention to detail, and oodles of love. A “Madge & Me” hat stands out for its timeless beauty, playfulness, and fine craftsmanship. The hat you choose will be made to your measurements, design specifications–a bespoke hat made just for you.

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.