About This Designer
Cha Cha began studying the craft of millinery in 1994 under the tutelage of the highly regarded milliner, Anne Allbrizzio. After completing the millinery program at FIT she began designing for private clients. Soon she started collaborating with the East Village designer Mark Montano.
In August of 2001 she opened her millinery design studio, Cha Cha’s House of Ill Repute. Since then she has steadily built a unique clientele ranging from NYC to Tokyo to Shanghai. All hats are made in NYC.
They are hand blocked on Cha Cha’s collection of vintage and specially designed blocks using the finest quality straws and felts. She scours local & regional flea markets for vintage millinery, antique trimmings and feathers to inspire her designs. Her signature style includes hand dying blended with free form blocking techniques which give the hats a unique vintage look while remaining modern and wearable.
Cha Cha’s hats have attracted the attention of the entertainment industry. She counts several celebrities as devoted clients including Alicia Keyes and Justin Timberlake. Her hats have also been purchased by Queen Latifah, Pink, & Christina Aquilera among others.