Today we’d like to introduce you to Laura Vega.
Hi Laura, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start, maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I’ve always been a DIYer. I can look at something, study it closely and ask myself, do you think you can make that? If the answer is yes then I go full into research mode. If I can’t find a class to take, I’ll look for any literature or YouTube videos to teach me what I’m desiring to learn. Such was the case with hat-making. I’ve been a hat lover since my early 20’s. About two years ago, I was in the market for a new hat. I wanted something unique and different from the usual trendy styles. I did a search on hat designers and came across a video of an LA-based designer sharing the process of hat making. I was stuck with amazement! I knew at that moment that this was something I would love to learn. I felt pretty confident that with practice, I would succeed. A couple of weeks later, my first hat block and hat bodies, I ordered arrived. And so began my self-taught journey into hat making.
We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I didn’t have access to hands-on classes during the pandemic, so I practiced over and over again with a hand full of videos I found online and, with a lot of trial and error, managed to hone in on my craft. Starting a new business wasn’t something I necessarily was planning to do. It started as a hobby, but when I started getting requests from my Instagram followers to purchase my designs, I thought, why not!
Acquiring all the materials, tools and machines was a huge task. Most of the tools and hat blocks needed are vintage/antique. Scouring online Sources like eBay and Etsy are time-consuming, expensive and disappointing when you’ve been watching an item for weeks only to be outbid and then have to start your search all over again. Most of my sales are by word of mouth and primary for custom orders. I currently have my ready-to-wear hats at two locations, Seahive Market and Adore boutique.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I make fine quality hats. I specialize in custom-made fedora styles. The materials I use for the body of the hat are made of rabbit fur felt, beaver and Panama straw. Beaver in particular, is the best quality felt you can buy. It is very durable, water-resistant, and moldable, which allows you to reshape it in a few years or decades down the road. I love collaborating with new clients and helping them find a design that compliments their personality. A hat should never look like it’s wearing YOU. The right hat blends with you, make you feel special, presentable and approachable. I often incorporate heirloom pins, vintage neckties or anything that my clients want to add to make their hat truly personalized and one of a kind. My design concept is relaxed, uncomplicated with a deliberate class that hopes to stand the test of time. I love what I do! I’m fortunate to have a very supportive family and feel blessed to be able to pursue my dream.
Are there any books, apps, podcasts, or blogs that help you do your best?
I’m a big fan of the Bible. Anything and everything I’ve ever needed in life has been guided by scripture.
- Ready to wear hats from $165 to $285
- Custom Rabbit fur felt starting at $350
- Custom Beaver starting at $500
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.Lauravegamillinery.com
- Instagram: www.Instagram.com/lauravegamillinery
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