Sarah Havens believes hats create a sense of mystery that our culture craves. People adorn themselves to attract attention, and make a statement about who they are. This display of fashion is what drives her to design custom, comfortable, well made hats for men and women that they love to wear and show off.
She hails from the Derby city, Louisville, Kentucky. Here her interest in millinery design began early in childhood with a fascination of Dr. Suess's hat from “Cat in The Hat." Her BFA in Theatre with a minor in fashion design and clothing construction guided her towards her passion to specialize in hat making. After graduate school in costume design she honed her millinery skills by working in professional theaters and operas.
Sarah's early curiosity of headwear has bloomed into a full-time passion and occupation. She first worked as an intern at the Santa Fe Opera, under Sharon King, who was a milliner for the movie "The Titanic." She also built hats for the MET and worked with several notable costume designers; Tony Award winning, Catherine Zuber; and Hugh Hasen whose worked on movies such as "Elf"; and Susan Tsu, an award winning costume designer and professor at Carnegie Melon.
With over twenty years of experience in various locations and venues, Sarah lives and works in Colorado as a Crafts Artisan for The Arvada Center as well as CSF in Boulder, CO.
Her designs have been featured in Today's Woman, The LEO, The Courier Journal and has been featured on the cover of Voice Tribune and the Arts section in the New York Times for Jackie O's pink hat in the JFK Opera.
(Left ) Head shoot by Gary Barragan Photography