The hat maker: Elisabeth Koch
Nestled in a fl urry of feathers andbrocade, Atlanta-born ElisabethKoch strikes a sophisticatedimage. Beijing’s best milliner (orhat maker) is also quite the modelof reinvention, having left ‘thepinstriped world of banking’ inEurope to don the cap ofmillinery upon arrivingin Beijing in 2007. Sincethen, Koch has made hername creating one-of-a-kind‘statement’ headgear.
Her talent was firstnoticed when she worea self-made ‘motorcycle’hat at an upscale Beijingparty. ‘Hats are meant toattract attention; altitude equalsattitude,’ asserts Koch. Since then,she has grabbed the attention ofChina’s high-fashion world: herhats have graced the covers of bothVogue and Harper’s Bazaar, beenworn by Taiwanese model Shu Qiand photographed by celeb snapperMario Testino.
But what if you’re after somethinga little more conservative? Koch’screations aren’t solely for thefashion elite; she can just aseasily make you a classic beret,or similar. Which is not to say thatKoch is getting complacent; someof her recent work includes eightconceptual headpieces designed toembody ‘disappearing images withinChina’, including a butterfly, anendangered black-faced spoonbilland even a temple.
‘I want my name to besynonymous with hats,’ says Koch.She’s not quite there yet, but, forinnovation alone, we most certainlydoff our humble cap to Beijing’squeen of headgear.
Price 900RMB (Blue Label); from2,000RMB (Pink Label)
Production time Three days
Design boundaries Anything goes
Make an appointment 139 10431832; firstname.lastname@example.org
Elisabeth Koch D-204 Club House, Glory Gardens, Xingfucun Zhong Lu, Chaoyang district (139 1043 1832; www.elisabethkoch.net). By appointment only. 朝阳区幸福村中路锦绣园公寓D座204单元