T Magazine | Modern Millinery

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Since Dani Griffiths was a young girl in Vancouver, constructing hats (often from household objects to project a certain character) was her calling. After moving to New York City when she was 21, she picked up the trade by dedicating eight hours to hand-shaping each hat and learning firsthand about how various materials behave when manipulated. Then in 2012, the self-taught milliner debuted her first collection of angora felt hats at Assembly New York. Her designs, which she shapes herself, are feminine and without frills — like the Pinch Panama hat in nude and white (her favorite).