Recently, Style Week Pittsburgh’s Director met with Gina Mazzotta, the mastermind of Gina Mazzotta Millinery, at her new studio showroom located downtown in the Diamond Building on the fourth floor, to get the scoop on what is behind her label.
Who is your target clientele?
People who appreciate high quality and unique products.
What is your process for making a hat for client?
I mostly do custom work and meet with clients by appointment. If clients come to my studio and see something that they like, they can buy it on the spot or I can create a special hat based on the client’s vision and style.
Where do you see your brand in five years?
I see my brand expanding into national markets and high-end boutiques. I’m working on a new Fall line that I plan on shopping to local boutiques.
How do you define your personal style?
My personal style is classic with a modern twist and never over the top. I like to focus on one thing that is bold, usually my lips.
What do you like most about Pittsburgh?
I love sports and feel lucky to be living in a city with so much happening in the arts and culture scene. Pittsburgh has a world-class symphony and opera and is evolving into a world-class city.
What is your advice to business owners and entrepreneurs?
Be patient and pace yourself. Find your niche and your passion. Also, when starting a business, sometimes starting small can be a very good thing because you can get a feel for what works and what doesn’t. Trust yourself, you will know when the time is right to make a big leap.
If you could design a hat for anyone, who would it be?
The obvious answer is Kate Middleton because everyone around the world would see it, but I really want to make a hat for Bruno Mars and also Lady Gaga. They would all wear my hats well.
Check out Gina Mazzotta’s new collection at the 3rd Annual Style Week Pittsburgh’s Hat Fashion Show and Brunch on August 16th. To book an appointment with Gina Mazzotta Millinery, visit www.ginamazzotta.com.