California Millinery Supply Co.

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on August 17, 2015


Open in Downtown Los Angeles since 1939, California Millinery Supply Co. is a treasure trove and your only go to hat and millinery supply store in California, or perhaps one of the last still open in the nation?  Truly a diamond in the rough – and one of DTLA’s best kept secrets in the Fashion District! At California Millinery you’ll find owner Irene Arroyo, a former stage and costume designer, offering great insight into the trends of hat making as well as the ever evolving neighborhood culture.   Not only does she supply quality buckram and pre-made hat forms in all shapes & sizes, she has an amazing collection of vintage hat trims, straw braid, unique and rare Russian and French birdcage veil (netting) and – you can even learn how to make your own hat block!California Millinery  Vintage Straw BraidThough using straw braid to make hats is becoming a bit of a lost art form, Irene has an inspiring collection available in several colors and styles. California Millinery Supply  Vintage Birdcage VeilI really can’t say enough about the collection of birdcage veil at California Millinery!  They just don’t make it like they used to!  The stock Irene has is truly precious and priceless!California Millinery Hat FormsCalifornia Millinery Netted Bridal Hat FormsIrene makes just about any style of hat you can think of – from the ol’ fashion pill box, to pointy witch hats, mini-top hats, to fascinator forms & crowns.  She can even make custom forms depending on your specific needs.
California Millinery Hat Fascinator FormsCalifornia Millinery  Vintage FeathersI love the rare and unique feather bird embellishments, pearl and rhinestone apliques, vintage flowers and fruit.
California Millinery  Vintage Hat Flowers FruitNot to mention… the collection of vintage silk and velvet ribbons…California Millinery Supply Vintage Ribbons… and oodles of piping and trims in a wide variety of colors and patterns.
California Millinery  Vintage Hat TrimsCalifornia Millinery  Vintage PipingSo next time you are visiting us at The Feather Place Los Angeles Showroom and have gotten all of your feather supplies, don’t forget to stop in and visit our friend and neighbor just a few blocks away at California Millinery located at 721 South Spring Street (Near 7th Street, next to the CVS) Los Angeles, CA 90014. You can also contact Irene to place orders by calling (213) 622-8746.

Tell her The Feather Place sent you!

Naturally Artful | Beautiful Photography by Thomas Lohr

This week, we’re pleased to highlight the new 2015 book Birds by German photographer Thomas Lohr which showcases birds in their naturally artful state. In Birds, Lohr focuses his lens on the details that make bird feathers around the world so unique. Spotlighting seldom considered spots like where feather meets fold or where wing meets body, Lohr captures not only the beauty of feathers, but also their inherent grace and functionality.

“Birds – I worked on a personal project studying a variety of birds, capturing their textures and colors…”- Thomas Lohr

Naturally Artful

Seeing birds of different colors, stripes, and sizes can be an everyday experience depending on what part of the world you live. Even when you can’t see them, their birdsong is there to let you know that they are there, perched on a branch or windowsill somewhere just outside your view. Birds flaunt their elegant and beautiful feathers with abandon, and they don’t need your approval for any of it!

Naturally Artful

Those of us living in a city like New York have the privilege of being among flocks of birds everyday. Yes, they are just pigeons, and yes, their wanton pigeon waddle can be a source of great frustration when you’re trying to catch the train that will surely get you to work on time. Whatever your opinion of our feathered friends, including dopey pigeons, if you take just a moment to consider their feathery layers, you’ll find it hard to deny them their natural beauty.

Naturally Artful

Feeling inspired by the Naturally Artful and Beautiful Photography by Thomas Lhor and want to shop for or see feathers up close and personal? Stop in at The Feather Place New York or Los Angeles Showrooms where you can shop for feathers similar to the ones seen in these photos! Not in NY or LA? Check out our full line of products available online — The Feather Place.

Pepsi X Momotaro

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on July 17, 2015


The Feather Place in collaboration with Los Angeles costume designer extraordinaire Ami Goodheart and PEPSI ; is proud to present the Pepsi X Momotaro Forever Challenge Ep.3. Instead of going with the traditional route of generic beverage commercials, Pepsi reinvents Japan’s oldest folktale of Momotaro and gives us the Pepsi X Momotaro Forever Challenge commercial series!

“Pepsi reinvents the popular Japanese folktale of Momotaro (aka Peach Boy) in this series of commercials, featuring a host of fantastic costume designs, CG and cinematography…”

The accompanying text of Ep. Zero written in Japanese translates to this backstory…

Long, long ago, a legion of oni (demons) invaded a village. They were far too powerful, and the villagers could do nothing to stand against them…Hearing news of their plight, Momotaro enlisted the help of a dog, a monkey, and a pheasant, and set out for the Onigashima Island, the monsters’ home…” 

And that’s where Ami Goodheart and The Feather Place come into play! With months and months of planning, friend and award winning costume designer Ami Goodheart worked closely with us at The Feather Place Los Angeles to secure all of the best feathers and feather goods needed to create these handmade custom costumes! From Pheasant, Rooster and Goose Feathers to Feather Wings and Feather Garments, There was practically no Feather Type or Feather Product that went unused!

Watch the making of the PEPSI X Momotaro Forever Challenge Ep.3 below and be on the lookout for Pepsi’s next installment featuring the Monkey! Now lets go drink some Pepsi!!!!


by Cristina Muñoz Brown on July 10, 2015


Our roundup of Best Feathered Looks: Haute Couture Fall 2015. See the best looks from the runways in Paris! Serkan Cura, Chanel, Ralph & Russo, Giambattista Valli and more…! #feathercouture

The prize for our favorite and most unique use feathers this year goes to Ralph & Russo! Curled Goose Biot feathers were delicately beaded and sewn on to the cape below!


We applaude the patience and attention to detail it took to make this Goose Biot feather cape!


We also love this Goose Pallet feathered look from Fendi! Use our strung Goose Pallet fringe and some golden floral spray to recreate those gilded plumes!!!


As usual, Ostrich Feather Fringe is at the top of the list for most used feather .


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Autumn Winter 2015/16 Armani Privé #feathercouture

Posted by The Feather Place Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Autumn Winter-2015/16 Giambattista Valli Official #feathercouture

Posted by The Feather Place Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 8, 2015

While San Francisco and New York were proudly celebrating Pride this past weekend, Los Angeles was getting down to business with the LA Cultural Festival & Carnival parade 2015.

Celebrating LA Cultural Festival 2015

On “Saturday, June 27, Los Angeles’ Hollywood Blvd. miraculously transformed into a Grand Carnival & Street Extravaganza with parade-goers and masqueraders dressed in vibrant, breathe- taking [feather] costumes dancing to pulsating rhythms of Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Zouke, Latin, Punta, Meringue, Mariachi, Reggaeton, Blues, Jazz, Steel-pan, Indian, Asian and other worldly music.” –

Celebrating LA Cultural Festival 2015

All the feathered costumes were worn with complete pride and glory!  So many headdresses and back packs were made with unique color combinations incorporating ostrich plumes, rooster coque tails, goose pallates, peasant tails, and peacock feathers.  Embellished with flashy sequence apliques, beads and trims to catch your eye, each reveler seemed to have a slightly individual style within their groups theme.  We know it takes months of planning and preparation to put these costumes together.  Fortunately feather supplies are easy to come by at The Feather Place, located downtown Los Angeles.  Wholesale is available to all carnival customers!

Celebrating LA Cultural Festival 2015

Such a golden spectacle! I’m sure these ladies were worn out by the end of the parade?  But they all had smiles on their faces and seemed happy to be bringing their party to Hollywood Blvd!  There was certainly a lot of crowd appreciation for all the work and creativity that was on full display!

Celebrating LA Cultural Festival 2015

Celebrating LA Cultural Festival 2015

Celebrating LA Cultural Festival 2015

Several countries presented; from Bolivia & Peru to Trinidad, Ecuador, Honduras and so many more.    It was great to see all the different cultural representations and carnival costumes in one parade.  It just goes to show you that Los Angeles is truly full of “vibrant multicultural & diverse communities of people” from around the world.   I hope the LA Cultural Festival continues to grow with each new year – expressing the colors of culture and freedom of the world as one people”.

Celebrating LA Cultural Festival 2015

Celebrating LA Cultural Festival 2015


San Francisco Carnaval 2015 – Agua Sagrada which took place this past Memorial Day Weekend brought out hundreds of thousands of residents, tourist and revelers alike to help celebrate its 37th anniversary!


This year’s carnival theme Agua Sagrada is Spanish for “sacred water.  Agua Sagrada “symbolizes the universal reverence for the most basic element of life.” This issue hits close to the heart of California which was declared to be in a drought state of emergency with this year expecting to be the driest on record. “… all experts in the field agree that we all need to conserve and preserve our most precious resource. Agua Sagrada/Sacred Water: Every Drop Counts/Cada Gota Cuenta!”


What we love the most about this carnaval event is the variety of cultures represented in the parades contingent! Included are feathered representatives from Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, Colombia, Trinidad, Cuba and islands throughout the Caribbean and many more!



We love helping our client realize their carnaval costumes with feathers and accessories from The Feather Place. You can either Shop Online at or Shop Wholesale by contacting our showrooms in Los Angeles or NYC. You can also stay in touch with The Feather Place on Facebook and Instagram @thefeatherplace for all of your carnaval feathered needs!


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This Memorial Day 2015 – In Honor of Abraham Lincoln, The Feather Place is proud to have helped in commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination and funeral with a historic reenactment of his final trip from Washington DC to Springfield IL.

In collaboration with the Tombstone Hearse & Trike LLC and The 2015 Lincoln Funeral Coalition, The Feather Place was contracted to supply all of the ostrich feather products needed to decorate the full scale replica of Abraham Lincoln’s Hearse that was used for the 2015 Lincoln funeral re-enactment and procession to Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Memorial Day 2015 - In Honor of Abraham Lincoln

Heavy weight black ostrich boas from The Feather Place were used on the very large and decorative hearse that had been destroyed by fire in 1887. Below you see the unfinished coach built by the Tombstone Hearse & Trike LLC with the help of skilled craftsmen including Eric Hollenbeck and his students at the Blue Ox Mill School in California, a unique vocational school for combat veterans. This magnificent replica is now on display in Downtown Springfield Illinois.

Memorial Day 2015 - In Honor of Abraham Lincoln



Kentucky Derby Feather Hat Trends 2015

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on May 15, 2015


Kentucky Derby Feather Hat Trends 2015

Aside from world class horse races, The Kentucky Derby is also known for world class feathered millinery. Celebrities and commoners alike, flock to the grounds at Churchill Downs going all out wearing the most fashionable attire paired with the best feathered hats and fascinators.  From wild and outrageous to flirty and feminine, Here are some of our favorite Kentucky Derby Feather Hat Trends 2015 !

Kentucky Derby Feather Hat Trends 2015

Get inspired with these bold feathered beauties! We love the abundance of Rooster, Pheasant, Peacock and Ostrich feathers that is used to create these amazing hats!

Kentucky Derby Feather Hat Trends 2015Don’t worry if  you missed the Kentucky Derby this year…you still have the chance to strut your stuff at the races this summer in Del MarSanta Anita or at the Breeders Cup this October.

Kentucky Derby Feather Hat Trends 2015Kentucky Derby Feather Hat Trends 2015

Feather Accessories for Brides

by The Feather Place NYC on May 8, 2015


Feather Accessories for Brides

A recent visit to the New York International Bridal Week trade show 2015 has brought us to discover some beautiful, lavish and glamorous bridal trends. This season we found lots of crystal beading, delicate lace appliqués, fabulous rich brocades and of course BEAUTIFUL FEATHER accents.  Marie Antoinette is in the air… It’s all about sophistication, style and grace!

Here are a few highlights from some of our favorite designers at this season’s Bridal trade shows, starting with couture designs from Deborah Lindquist.

Feather Accessories for Brides

Deborah Lindquist showed us some stunning and exquisite feather head and neck pieces. She is one of L.A.’s most sought after environmentally-conscious designers.  Her designs have been worn by celebrities such as Jessica Alba, Cristina Aguilera, Rhianna and many more. Her silhouettes are very much couture-inspired. Although she is well-known for her highly intricate bustiers, she also executes incredibly chic feather neck collars.

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Designer, Kim Lai took our breath away with her beautiful, whimsical fascinators made with ostrich, guinea, peacock and marabou feathers.

Feather Accessories for Brides

Kim Lai is the Head Designer at Blossom Bazaar. She is a young, up-and-coming accessory designer who graduated from FIT and has designed for many of the top fashion houses in New York. Today she carries her own line which is heavily influenced by vintage, avant-garde and high fashion.  Enjoy these gorgeous feather fascinators!

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Feather Accessories for Brides

J-Picone is also another one of our favorites! Jolene Picone is the head designer at J-Picone. She is known for her impeccable, beautiful and affordable bridal accessories.  Her line can be found in different retail stores around the US.  J-Picone specializes in stunning fascinators, headbands and bridal belts.

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If you feel inspired and adventurous to make your own Bridal feather fascinator, visit The Feather Place!  You will be surprised to find a great variety of peacock feathers, rooster coque tails,  ostrich plumes, feather trims and hair accessories.

Men’s Hat Styles and Feather Trims

Father’s day is just a little over a month away and we are always wondering what on earth is a good gift for dad?  Of course we had to think about how feathers fit into the equation, so naturally we went straight for the hat.  Even if you think your dad isn’t the type who wears hats, you may be surprised to learn just how much men actually love to wear this accessory!

Men’s Hat Styles and Feather Trims

Throughout history, hats have been an essential part of a man’s wardrobe.  Worn not only for stylistic and practical purposes, hats were often indicators of social status depending on the various style, shape and even color.  And while there are many hat designs that are long out dated, there are particular styles of hats made from the 1800’s through the 1940’s that still have a place in fashion today. So think about what kind of hat would look best on your dad and what will it say about his character?

Men’s Hat Styles and Feather Trims

We think the Fedora is probably one of the most debonaire and timeless styles of all men’s hats.  Though the Fedora became widely associated with the gangster since it was most popular during the Prohibition and used in Hollywood films to fit this character throughout the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s.  Regardless, just about every gentleman owned at least one of these hats as styles of dressing became more casual.  The Fedora’s low profile and compact size was better weathered and made traveling more comfortable.  Today the Fedora is still very stylish and looks great worn by both men and women no matter if you’re a hipster, Don Draper, or just aiming to make dad look good.

The Pork PieMen’s Hat Styles and Feather TrimsThe Bowler

Men’s Hat Styles and Feather Trims

“The bowler hat, also called derby in the United States, was designed in 1849. Like the top hat, it quickly became a classic wardrobe item and a quintessential badge of Englishness. Named after John and William Bowler, hatters from Stockport, an industrial city in the north of England, it was to become the first mass-produced hat in history.” We find the bowler fits very specific personalities, but definitely has a place in fashion today.

The Panama

Men’s Hat Styles and Feather Trims

Of course all hats are “Better with a Feather”! Feathers always add color and a stylish flare to just about any hat.   Whether you’re sporting our favorite Fedora, the Pork Pie, Derby or Bowler, these hats are traditionally embellished with feather trims.  And we can tell you the best types of feathers to use for hat trims are usually combinations of plumage including Turkey flats or marabou, guinea, duck and varieties of pheasant or rooster.  You can get really nice feather hat trims at The Feather Place!


Men’s Hat Styles and Feather Trims

Men’s Hat Styles and Feather Trims

Here is a couple of websites we found that have a great selection of mens hats. Check out Goorin Bros or to find a hat that fits your dads sense of style.