From childhood Ryan Wilde set out to become a ballet dancer. Almost immediately after making it into the famed New York City Ballet she was injured. Leaving behind her dreams of becoming America's next prima ballerina, she decided to move to Europe.
Ms. Wilde's initial interest in hats started in Ireland at the horse races. She fell in love with the "Ascot" style hats. Her desire to design and make hats increased during the time she spent in London. It was in London where she met her idol, Isabella Blow, who spent several afternoons mentoring and encouraging Wilde's dream to become a milliner.
Several years later Wilde returned to New York City to work with Chanel. During the four years at Chanel, she passionately studied millinery. In the spring of 2006 she launched her first collection. This collection was carried by Patricia Field and The Hat Shop. In 2007, she left Chanel to pursue millinery exclusively.
Ms. Wilde's hats have been featured in Vogue, W, Cosmopolitan, The New Yorker, Interview and many other magazines. Her work has decorated the advertising of Kid Robot and Elizabeth Fillmore Bridal. She has designed runway collections for Tracy Feith, Reem Acra, Kid Robot and Don the Verb.
Ms. Wilde's eclectic style covers the fashion spectrum from punk to the avant garde couture. Wilde enjoys creating hats for all types of people. While she enjoys seeing her hats in print, she loves collaborating with her clients to create their perfect hat. All the hats are hand blocked and sewn. Every piece is one of a kind and is missed by Ms. Wilde as soon as it leaves her studio.
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