Ms. Aldridge has been designing and making hats for over twenty years. One of her main inspirations is the work of her grandfather, American artist Ernest Haskell. Abigail received on the job training during her early years of work in the Broadway costume industry. The hat business attracted her for the chance to work independently. "To me, millinery is the perfect blend of art, beauty, design, and personality." In the beginning she sold hats at tea parties in her Greenwich Village apartment. Just a few years later she was picked up by Barneys NY and Bergdorf Goodman. Eventually she decided in favor of working with small stores, that was a happy choice. Celebrity clients include Linda Evangelista, Yoko Ono, Debbie Harry, Lou Reed for Laurie Anderson, and Tatiana Santo Domingo. Two of Abigail's hats are in the permanent collection of the Met's Costume Institute. A profile about her on Woman Around Town bestowed the title, "Abigail Aldridge: Manhattan's Mad Hatter"!
Abigail has had a dual career, in addition to millinery work she has been a vocalist/musician in New York City on the jazz scene and in Harlem gospel choirs.
(Photo credit David Hughes)