For over 20 years, Karyn Gingras has been creating exquisite, hand-blocked hats for discerning women and tastemakers. As the driving force behind Lilliput Hats, an atelier and boutique in Toronto, Karyn’s talent and tenacity have made her Canada’s most popular milliner.
Using time-honoured techniques and the finest materials, Karyn, and her skilled team of associates, fashion a varied line of exquisite, handmade hats, as well as custom-designed creations for weddings, holidays, fashion events, television commercials and films.
Lilliput Hats are collected and coveted by stylish women everywhere including Rachel McAdams, Celine Dion, Whoopi Goldberg, Sandra Oh and the former Governor General of Canada, Adrienne Clarkson.
Inspired by the classic, surrealist style of Elsa Schiaparelli, Karyn’s hats are modern, playful and functional.
Now recognized as an expert in her field, Karyn’s path to millinery was actually a happy accident.
When she went to sign up for a night school tap dancing class, the program was full. However, the millinery course had lots of space.
Karyn has still never learned to tap dance. But she recently took up the accordion.