Ms. Aldridge has been designing and making hats since 1989. One of her main inspirations is the work of her grandfather, American artist Ernest Haskell. Abigail received on the job training during her eight years of work in the Broadway costume industry. The hat business attracted her for the chance to work independently. "To me, millinery is the perfect blend of art, beauty, design, and personality." In the early days she sold hats at tea parties in her Greenwich Village apartment. Just a few years later she was picked up by Barneys NY and Bergdorf Goodman. Ultimately she decided in favor of working with small stores, that was a happy choice with long runs of over 20 years at some of them. Celebrity clients include Linda Evangelista, Yoko Ono, Debbie Harry, Lou Reed for Laurie Anderson, and Tatiana Santo Domingo. Two of Abigail's hats are in the permanent collection of the Met's Costume Institute. A profile about her on Woman Around Town bestowed the title, "Abigail Aldridge: Manhattan's Mad Hatter"!
(Photo credit David Hughes)