About the Designer
From outrageously sized mega-brims adorned with ingenious trims to Parisian berets, flirty fedoras, face-accenting fascinators, daringly lofty derbies, and imaginative cocktail, resort and bridal chapeaus; Lyn Frances’ designs turn heads. With an emphasis on originality, Lyn Frances explores limitless variations upon basic forms and silhouettes to create custom head-adornment. Pairing classic shapes with modern interpretations and oftentimes unexpected fabrics and embellishments—to include her over-the-top hand-made hat pins—Lyn Frances of Los Angeles has become one of the fashion world’s most stylized one-of-a-kind millinery houses.
Unlike operations that mass-produce cloned-inventory, the bespoke milliner expertly constructs each hat by hand, investing many hours and/or weeks of creativity and craftsmanship into every masterpiece. Lyn Frances of Los Angeles carries no inventory and offers endless customization options, creating one unique piece at a time—or multiple orders for bridal parties or boutiques.
Lyn’s admitted hat-fetish was inherited from her late mother Beverly, and her sewing skill inherited from her grandmother. “My mother, my aunt and grandmother were the sharpest dressers at my church, during my impressionable years,” proudly recalls Lyn. “When we moved to Los Angeles in the mid-sixties, my mother boldly continued her Midwestern style, casting her in a wondrous league all her own.”
By the early nineties, hats became an obsession to Lyn. Under every tilted brim she visualized the faces of her strong, sophisticated role models who wore their hats like halos. After enrolling in millinery courses, Lyn unleashed innate skill that had lay dormant since her days in fashion design classes. Her innovation marked her among the most prized milliners in the country. Yet, Lyn’s aim for excellence and artistic expansion didn’t limit itself to the United States. She had always been spellbound by the haughty hats worn by English royalty. Lyn yearned to study in London, the fashion-forward millinery center in the world.
While surfing the Internet she stumbled across the Wombourne School of Millinery in faraway Wolver Hampton, England. The starry -eyed Southern California girl hopped a flight to London, followed by a meandering train ride to the countryside of Wolver Hampton. With the same pioneering panache that enabled her mother to hold her hat-wearing head high as a newcomer to Los Angeles—Lyn Frances’ adventurous spirit forged one of the industry’s most artistically-significant bespoke millinery brands.