“A hat is to be stylish in, to glow under, to flirt beneath, to make all others seem jealous over, and to make all men feel masculine about. A piece of magic is a hat.”
— Martha Sliter
The House of MacGregor, formerly A Hat by Cassie, has been creating hats using traditional millinery techniques since 2002. Raised in Dallas, Cassandra MacGregor began taking evening hat making classes for fun at the Fashion Institute of Technology while living in New York City. It was love at first hat and after completing the school’s millinery program she promptly left her office job and began working with a wide variety of hat makers in the city. Operating under the philosophy that everyone has something different to teach she spent the next five years with theatrical milliners on Broadway, fashion show hat suppliers, and couturiers making hats on a custom basis.
“It’s a small apartment, I’ve barely enough room to lay my hat and a few friends.”
— Dorothy Parker
Throughout this learning process she grew and maintained her own label on the side. Selling to one of the best hat stores in Manhattan she developed a devoted following of brides, opera singers, and other hat enthusiast for her one of a kind cocktail hats. Her work has been featured in W, Italian Vogue, and other regional magazines.
“Cock your hat – angles are attitudes.”
— Frank Sinatra
In 2008 Ms. MacGregor decided to hang her hat back in Dallas, opening a private atelier in the historic Bishop Art’s district of the city. While still able to supply her international clientele she is now open for custom appointments out of a renovated 1950′s automobile garage.
Since all of the hats are handmade by Ms. MacGregor no two turn out exactly alike. This is not a factory operation but a craftsman based business striving to maintain traditional high quality service in a modern world. The House of MacGregor works with their clients on fit and individual design to help bring their personal style to the outside.
“If a woman rebels against high–heeled shoes, she should take care to do it in a very smart hat.”
— George Bernard Shaw