Over the last several years, I have certainly developed a designer crush on milliner and accessories designer Eugenia Kim, (as evidenced here, here, here, and more). Not only do I love her designs, but as a businesswoman myself, I admire her business success. So, when she and I met over breakfast in Paris recently, I, of course, had to ask her how she started her business. And, boy, was it a great story!
We’ve all heard the cliches…
Make the most of a bad situation.
Good comes out of bad.
There’s always a silver lining.
Well, after receiving an extremely bad haircut in 1998, Eugenia Kim did just that! She created a bold, eye-catching feathered cloche to disguise the bad haircut. Immediately, two things happened: (1) she discovered her love for and talent in millinery design, and (2) local NYC boutique owners were instantly inquiring about her unique head wear. Out of that bad hair cut, a business was born!
As they say, the rest is history. Major attention from luxury department stores and online retailers followers. In fact, in 2004, Eugenia was awarded the “Accessories Designer of the Year” designation by the CFDA. While the label now includes shoes, scarves, and more, the focus still remains on the innovative approach to headwear. She uses only the finest of materials and hand craftsmanship. In addition, Eugenia manages to marry timeless designs with modern touches.
Top 15 Eugenia Kim Hats for the Holidays
Recently, I hosted a trunk show and personal appearance for Eugenia at Stanley Korshak in Dallas. During the day, we had the chance to discuss many things, including what a moment hats are having for women. These chic head toppers are topping many gift lists, as they are indeed the accessory of the moment. A hat can create the perfect sophisticated, elegant finishing touch to a look. It can take a basic look to another level.
As a world traveler, I see head wear worn more commonly overseas. So, I am certainly glad to see hats making a comeback here in the US. They make the perfect holiday gifts as well. In that spirit, I’ve rounded up my top 15 Eugenia Kim hats that are currently available. Whether you are looking for a winter piece to give as a gift or a resort piece to take on your next vacation, you’ll find something here.
Details on My Look
Gucci striped cashmere and wool striped sweater (currently sold out; I also like this Loewe option and this Urban Outfitters option) | Maje Jolane guipure lace skirt (I also like this dress version here and here) | Christian Louboutin Pigalle follies leopard print calf-hair pumps | Eugenia Kim Georgina metallic painted wool felt fedora | Dior ‘So Real’ sunglasses | Nars heat wave lipstick | OPI mod about you nail polish
Which hat is your favorite? Are you a hat wearer? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great Monday. Lots of exciting holiday material coming soon here… Xo –