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Celina Kane is HAT MAKE.

Educated at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, I triple-majored in Art History, Political Science & French Studies. While studying in Paris in 2011, I saw how my passion for art, culture, history, and design combined into one medium: millinery. I began visualizing hats in everything around me and became possessed by ideas of how unusual shapes and objects could become extraordinary headdresses.

After graduating in 2013, I returned to Europe with the purpose of consuming as much art as possible, furthering my hand at drafting, and determining how I would navigate my love of hats. In Budapest, letting my mind free-associate upon the moving images of Gordon-Matta Clark cutting a Parisian building in half, I felt compelled to “hat make.”

Once home I immediately enrolled in Master Milliner Anya Caliendo’s Premier Advanced Couture Millinery course in New York, NY.

Studying under Caliendo was a dream come true, her couture creations speak for themselves but in addition to being a great artist she is committed to the return of prestigious American millinery and is a dedicated teacher. There I refined my technique and gained the skills I needed to pursue a life and business in creating headpieces that express my point of view.

March of 2015 I launched HAT MAKE with my Debut Collection entitled "The Leopard and the Lark." Inspired by the soft winter landscape of Minnesota and 1960s French & Italian film, the Autumn/Winter 2015 Collection is equal parts minimalist and surrealist, geometric and whimsical. I sculpt each hat and headpiece by hand using the finest quality materials to create wearable art imbued with fantasy, mystery & romance. 

Since introducing my line of handmade headwear I have continued my education in couture techniques through workshops with Hand & Lock Couture Embroidery House, millinery workshops with talented MN milliner Karen Morris, and master class with Anya Caliendo. 

The Spring/Summer 2016 line named "The Welcome Collection" is a mix of contemporary sun hats and lightweight summer styles as well as special occasion pieces inspired by Henri Matisse's Cutout works. Each hat is ready to welcome you to new adventures whether it be lounging on international beaches, having a neighborhood picnic, or raising a glass in honor of longer days & even longer friendships.  

I approach each collection as an oeuvre d'art. I research my subjects, learning not only how my materials behave but diving deep into the history of my inspirations. Resort 2017 is inspired by a brief and simple passage from A Sport and a Pasttime by one of my favorite authors, James Salter. 

"The sky is pale. A Frenchman is sleeping in the corner seat, blue coat, blue pants. The blues do not match. They're parts of two different suits. His socks are pearl grey."

The Sport//Pasttime Resort Collection takes a journey. We start with new lightweight silk turbans in rosé and lavender à la Provençal. We end with dramatic Mediterranean sun-hats in that perfect combination of hues where sunburned burned rocks meet the endless indigo sea. Sport//Pasttime is an excercise in color and mood and escape, whether that starts with a passage from a good book or an excursion into foreign lands. 

The We Are Stardust Fall/Winter 16 Collection began as an interpretation of the intersection of design + lifestyle that dominates the current zeitgeist. However, as Schiaparelli famously said "In difficult times, fashion is always outrageous." In the face of so much tragedy and loss here in our home town, across the nation, and across the globe I was no longer sure that self-expression was enough. So I thought, what if I create hats to serve their bearer? Hats to serve as talismans and shields against darkness, and to serve as prisms and beacons to the light. 

We Are Stardust and it's companion collection We Are Golden Fall/Winter 17 are inspired by astrology and myth, healing and magic. It considers the ways we seek meaning and reconciliation, and the ways self-expression can be political. What started as a study of how people live today became an important lesson in how I want to live and create. 

–CK  

Wide brimmed and narrow, some tall, some not, some fancy, some colorful, some plaid, some plain. She doted on changing hats at every opportunity. When she met the Prince, she was wearing one hat, when he asked her for a stroll, she excused herself, shortly to return wearing another, equally flattering.
— William Goldman, The Princess Bride