Suzanne was born in Johannesburg, South Africa where she grew up with an instinctual hand for design. As a student, her love for fashion carried her to London where she found work as the manager of a ladies boutique, a position that broadened her horizons through her frequent buying trips to Paris and Milan.
When Suzanne moved to New York, she met Old World milliner, Josephine Tripoli. Throug h her apprenticeship with Josephine, Suzanne discovered her own creative instincts and hands-on ability to make hats. Having found her place in fashion, Suzanne took over Josephine’s business, which led her to create her own boutique on Madison Avenue.
Over the years, Suzanne’s business has grown to incorporate couture bridal headpieces as well as couture hats. Each piece is created and completed on the premises by Suzanne and her staff. The beauty of a Suzanne hat lies not only in the use of the finest quality materials, but in the fact each creation is custom-designed for the individual client. Her limitless imagination never misses a beat, and she thrives on the excitement of never knowing what she will be asked to think of next.
Suzanne has created hats for many of the most discriminating women in the world. Her creations have graced the big screen, and are frequently seen on the covers and editorial pages of Vogue, W, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Town and Country, Martha Stewart Weddings, and The New York Times Magazine. She has also produced fashion shows in collaboration with designers, such as Vera Wang, Emanuel Ungaro, Arnold Scaasi, and John Anthony Couture.
As one of the few custom milliners left in the world, Suzanne continues to set a precedent in the fashion industry.