Born March 1st in Manchester, England and raised in New York by Jamaican parents. Creativity was a part of her everyday life. Jacqueline studied architecture and Interior design at Pratt Institute and graduated in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She began working in the garment industry, where she gained first hand knowledge of how fabric was used to put designer collections together. It was this love of fabric, texture and design that inspired Ms. Lamont to open her own company.
A friend who owned a chain of stores commissioned Jacqueline to make some hats; this was the beginning of a long lasting affair. Jacqueline enjoyed the project so much, that she enrolled in the Couture Millinery program at F.I.T. Jacqueline studied under Janine Galiamard an old school French Milliner who had made hats for Balenciaga. Janine taught her all the rules of making a great hat and gave her the confidence to start her own Millinery collection, complete with its own namesake Lamont Tartan. The Tartan is woven in the highlands of Scotland and has become a fabric staple in the collection!
The shapes are timeless, but the fabrications make them contemporary. “I like using interesting combinations of design and fabric. “I work a lot with unstructured styles, so as not to intimidate people who don’t usually wear hats everyday,” explains Jacqueline. “A hat shouldn’t overpower the wearer and I’m not into fussy ornamentation. You can’t have too much going on, on the head,” she laughs. “I create hats to be worn not displayed.”
She says, “so many people are afraid of hats, they think they don’t look good in hats. I have yet to meet a Man, Woman or Child, that did not look good in a hat; they just have to find the right one”
“Hats look good on everybody no exceptions. It’s impossible not to feel important in a hat. My hats are designed to give you confidence. I want both Women and Men to feel beautiful and strong.” Ms. Lamont designs hats that are stylish and strikingly elegant, but appropriate for everyday wear. “It’s more about style than fashion, my hats have a certain style that speaks to the people who wear them,” says Jacqueline.
Who, What and Where
Anyone can wear a Jacqueline Lamont hat. People who’ve initially been drawn to them are usually in the arts, entertainment and fashion worlds . Jacqueline’s hats have been featured in Elle, Essence, Vogue, NY Times, W and WWD plus many more. She has done private label collections for Burberry and J. Crew. Jacqueline has created hats for numerous music videos and has worked privately with and for many different artists.
Her hats have been featured on the Today Show and have also been included in the permanent wardrobe collections for more than a few Soap Operas! Articles on the designer have appeared in numerous American, Asian, Caribbean and European, publications. In a true testament to her talents, Jacqueline Lamonts hats were featured in The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s retrospective” Ahead of Fashion: hats of the 20th Century”, where a special section of her custom hats were sold. She was also featured in the book “A Century of hats”. Her hats are prized possessions of Alicia Keys, Angela Bassett, Annie Leibovitz, Cindy Crawford, Eva Mendes, Gwen Stefani, Janet Jackson, Jessica Simpson, and Mary J. Blige; to name a few!