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The Satya Twena Fine Millinery Story


I started making hats out of my NYC apartment in 2010 when my Mother lost her hair while battling breast cancer.

I never thought I'd be a Milliner...I didn't even know the word!

Sometimes life has a funny way of showing you your passion before you even know it.

It wasn't until December 2010 when I realized that I LOVED making hats.

I fell in love with making hats that encouraged women to have fun, flirt & feel gorgeous.

I showed a dear friend, Charles Nolan my hat collection and he introduced me to the Makins Hat Factory in the Garment District of New York City. I was working with the factory on manufacturing my designs.

THE NYC HAT FACTORY HISTORY


Since 1974, the Makins Hat factory has been an integral part of NYC's rich fashion history.

The hats made in this factory have shaped and styled many of the entertainment industry's most fashionable and influential people including Frank Sinatra, Brad Pitt, Spike Lee, Kim Kardashian, Jessica Biel and Madonna. 

It was started by Marsha Akins (Makins) in 1974 on an unemployment check. She made hats out of her 4th floor NYC walk-up using a jiffy steamer and her home oven.

Now more than 40 years later, the hats are still made by hand in New York City using traditional Millinery methods.

We take great pride in designing and hand-crafting some of the worlds finest hats.

In 2013, after the Makins hat factory closed. Milliner Satya Twena saved one of Manhattan's last hat factories and continues to preserve the legacy of the Makins Hat factory and the craft of hand made hats in America. 

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