Well, if you follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, then you have already seen some sneak peeks from my trip to tour the amazing workspace and show room of the talented Jill Courtemanche, of Jill Courtemanche Millinery. Native New Yorker, Jill graduated from FIT with a degree in accessory design and hat making. After working with Eric Javtis and Suzanna Newman, Jill went into business for herself in 2006, and fate and providence brought her out west to us!
If you block it, they will come…and be fancy!
Jill always liked the idea of having her shop double as her workspace, so that’s just what she did. Pulling back the curtain on the designer makes each hat you buy a personal experience. Not only that, but you can come back and have it reshaped, or change out the ribbon colors for a new outfit. She can make it custom for you, or you can just feel like she did because she’s always there to help.
The front half of her Millinery Shop on Cedros, in the Design District of Solana Beach, is a beautiful hat shop where you can try on and purchase lovely hats for any occasion, and the back half is her workspace where she designs, creates, and TEACHES!
Yes, that’s right. As if buying a beautiful hat wasn’t enough, she holds classes once a month on hat making. AND she has been kind enough to GIVEAWAY a free seat in her next “Basic Cocktail/Fascinator Class” February 1st 10:30am. The cost of the class is $85.00 and includes all materials, tutorial and hands on help, and the beautiful new Fascinator you’ve always wanted!!
Here’s how to win…
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It’s that simple! We will select a reader at random on Thursday January 30th.
And here is more of what makes her so darn talented and fun…
You can visit Jill’s shop at 410 South Cedros Ave, Solana Beach, Ca, and make sure to follow her on Facebook and Twitter!
Jen & Jess