Minnesota Milliner Angie Hall Sandifer has created fashionable hats from her studio in Lowertown Saint Paul, MN since 2006. After being laid off in 2003 from a job of 30 years in corporate America that she would not have raised her hand to leave, but was glad they picked her. She had the desire to do something else, what that something else was she was unsure of. After being downsized she was provided retraining dollars. She used the funds for a Desktop Computing class. In that class she learned how to build websites, create brochures, flyers and business cards. As a project for her Desktop Computing class she built the website Angie's Hats. She loved the hats she was seeing on other sites as she was working on her project. The idea of selling beautiful hats was born.
As a child she had always loved hats, inspired by her mother and grandmother who wore very stylish hats, whether it was a close fitting cloche, turban style, or a wide brim to block the Florida hot sun. She thought about buying and selling a line of hats but quickly realized that she wanted to become a Milliner and design and create her own hats. The Desktop Computing class experience had suddenly taken on a life of its own.
After 3 years of preparation, researching, traveling and studying under the tutelage of some of the finest, and seasoned master Milliners in the country. She was driven and inspired to fulfil her new found passion and to make sure the fine art of millinery lived on.
She has designed for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Royal Ascot attendees, as well as local derby parties. She has created for brides and bridal parties in Europe and the U.S. Angie's Hats specializes in custom designed, hand-made hats for all occasions.
Angie's Hats has been featured in the Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, Artful Living Lakes- Sotheby's International Realty Magazine, KARE 11, Minnesota Monthly Magazine, and winner of The Hatlife Magazine 2012 Hattie Award, and 2010 Best of the Cities Minnesota Monthly.
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