Tierre Joline

Toronto hat maker's business explodes after New York photoblog appearance

Some days are good business days, but none quite so marvellous, I suspect, as yesterday for Toronto hat maker Tierre Joline. That's when her photo appeared on the wildly popular (and generally awesome) Humans of New York photoblog.

At the outset of the day her Facebook page had roughly 4,000 Facebook likes; now the number hovers near 45,000. Such is the power of HONY. In the brief caption that accompanies her photo, Joline references the unique hat that she's wearing (the photo was taken on a trip to New York).

"I wish I could sell my hats unapologetically. Whenever someone compliments my hat, I only say: 'Thank you.' I wish I was bold enough to say: 'Here I am. This is what I do. And you can have one too.'"

Well, it looks like at least part of her wish has come true. Joline, a graduate of George Brown College's Millinery Arts Program, has been inundated with requests for hats in the wake of her appearance on Humans of New York. And why not? The designs are daring and stylish -- not the type of thing you're bound to see elsewhere. If you're featured on HONY, they will come.

Photo via Humans of New York


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