We’ve been thinking a lot recently about where our products come from, especially the clothing that we wear. Oftentimes, the answer can be horrifying—that $10 jersey tank top made in a sweatshop by outrageously underpaid workers; a pair of leggings sprayed with flame retardants and chemicals that destroy local ecosystems, etc, etc, etc. Still, it’s not all doom and gloom—sometimes, the desire to learn more about where your products are made can lead to unexpected, totally wonderful surprises. This is exactly what happened a few weeks back when Amy decided she’d like to know more about the maker of a hat she had just purchased. This hat:
Photo by Jorge de la Barra.
Amy is clearly loving that hat—and who wouldn’t? It’s downright fabulous. As it turns out, the hat was handcrafted at the studios of Lola Ehrlich, the Netherlands-born, France-raised milliner extraordinaire who currently calls Bushwick, Brooklyn home. Like Lola, her designs and studio are filled with life, energy, and seemingly endless creativity. Although quite large, the studio space is a cozy, glorious jumble of creative tools, inspirational images, objets d’art, and—of course—hats. Hats, hats, and then some more hats. I spent roughly an hour photographing Lola’s beautiful workspace, but I feel like I could have gladly spent all day. A veritable treasure trove — not just of beautiful things, but inspiring ideas — one gets the sense that this is what a studio space should be. Take a look at our 10-Second Tour above or check out all of the images from our visit after the jump! —Max