Fashion

Meet the Main Line Milliner Whose Hats Are All the Rage at the Devon Horse Show

Tiffany Arey on the inspiration behind her stylish, classic hats and headpieces.


Tiffany Arey

Tiffany Arey in her home studio. Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Milliner Tiffany Arey launched her eponymous business in 2014 on the Main Line. Now, her hats are fixtures at equestrian events from this May’s Devon Horse Show to the Kentucky Derby.

What I Make: “Stylish handmade hats and headpieces using traditional millinery techniques, often with hand-tooled flowers, feathers or trimmings.”

How It’s Done: “I use steam to stretch fabrics or felt over wooden forms called hat blocks to create different silhouettes. Each piece is wired with hand stitching, then hemmed, trimmed, finished.”

How I Started: “It was a hobby at first. I loved how they could transform an outfit and state of mind — everyone feels different when they wear a hat. As more women reached out, I decided to launch a structured business.”

Most Popular Item:The Kitty ($199) and Zara ($149) models — both sculpted perchers with straw trim — are very popular with racegoers.”

The Latest: “My new Spring/Summer 2019 collection has a lot of geometric patterns and multicolored woven bits for depth and visual interest.”

What Inspires Me: “Nature. I collect photos of flowers because I love to study their delicate colors and breadth of shapes.”

Buy at: Tiffanyareymillinery.com.

Published as “Wears Many Hats” in the April 2019 issue of Philadelphia magazine.