|THE HAT BOX made its debut as a custom hat store in East Hampton, New York in 1992. Later, a second store was opened in Sag Harbor, New York. The designer, milliner, and owner, was and still is, Paula Del Percio.
For the past decade, Paula has created handmade high-fashion hats for many Hollywood celebrities, famous authors, and discriminating hat enthusiasts around the world. Her hats have been sold in fine specialty boutiques, department stores such as Bergdorf Goodman and Henri Bendel, and The Hampton Classic. In the Spring of 1997, she received a MILLI Award for Best Daytime Hat, and one of her original designs was chosen by the Staten Island Design Museum for its permanent collection.
Paula was formally trained in millinery techniques at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City but originally received her inspiration from watching her parents at work in their own millinery factory. She grew up around the tools-of-the-trade. . . wooden hat blocks, feathers, felt, straw, flowers, beading, and more. Today she still works on some of the same blocks that her father used to shape hats and also draws from an extensive collection of silk and taffeta ribbons which were used by her mother for trimming. Paula Del Percio finds a special connection to her creations as she follows in her parents' footsteps.
Today THE HAT BOX has evolved into an online store based in New York and California. Paula is pleased to offer the same high-quality millinery produced completely by hand from the finest straws and fur felt. She looks forward to continuing a tradition and expects to continue seeing her creations at the Kentucky Derby, Ascot, weddings, and garden parties worldwide.
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