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2012 Hatty Award Winners
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2012 Hatty Awards Winners


Jill Courtemanche - Jill Courtemanche Millinery
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This has been an amazing year for me - I moved my business from NYC to Southern California and it has been beneficial on all fronts. I have managed to maintain my business on the East coast (wholesale to stores, direct retail to customers and private label blocking services) as well as establish both a retail and wholesale presence on the West coast without sacrificing the quality or integrity of my product.

I always loved hats and wore them frequently growing up. I went to FIT in NYC to study design and in my last semester I took a millinery class for fun. I knew after the first class that I had found the perfect way to bring all my design skills to fruition!

I worked at Eric Javits and Suzanne Couture Millinery. I stayed with Suzanne for eight years refining my couture sewing skills, traveling to England, France and Italy to work with the best milliners in the world and designing for the Manhattan social set. In 2007 with Suzanne’s blessing I branched out to start my own line and express my ideas through the medium of millinery, which has without a doubt become my passion.

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