Pinkham Millinery Blog


Five years ago, on October 9th, with the help of ten of Portland's top
fashion designers and several friends, Pinkham Millinery created an unusual fashion show
for Fashion Week, that is still being talked about!  We have put
together a slideshow video with the original music to commemorate
that day.

Photography by Lyn Rosten

Upcoming classes for 2015
Here are the dates for my next 3 millinery classes:

Sat. March 7th, 5 - 7pm

Sun. March 8th, 11 - 5pm

Mon. March 9th, 9am - 12pm

Sat. March 21st, 5 - 7pm

Sun. March 22nd, 11 - 5pm

Mon. March 23rd, 9am - 12pm

April 11th, 5 - 7pm

April 12th, 11 - 5pm

April 13th, 9 - 12pm

Intro to Millinery ~ $595

During this weekend workshop you will learn how to steam and block felt and straw,
using traditional millinery techniques on vintage hat blocks. Millinery
is a vast subject, and this workshop will serve as a general
introduction to the craft. In this class you will design and block three
hats: two felt and one straw.

Techniques covered are:
1. Blocking and shaping on wooden millinery blocks
2. Basic millinery related stitches
3. Inserting wire in the brim, and brim edge finishes
4. Measuring headsizes and custom fitting hats
5. Embellishing with decorative trim; ribbons, flowers, felt/straw braids,  veiling and feathers
Some materials included.

*Prerequisite for all other classes, workshops, and lab time.

Private Instruction
One on one instruction with Dayna Pinkham
  • 3 days, 5 hours a day, 15 hours total.    $1,125
  • 2 weeks, 5 hours a day, 50 hours total.  $3,750
  • 1 month, 5 hours a day, 100 hours total. $7,500
Materials available for purchase.

Call or email to sign up!

Oregon Art Beat is celebrating 15 years of creativity.
Dayna's iconic Sloper hat will be on display at The Peoples Art of Portland. The exhibit runs from April 19th until June
19, 2014. Don't miss the opening  featuring hundreds of talented artists, all have been featured on Oregon Art Beat.

Art Opening Saturday April 19th, 2014
2-9 pm

The Peoples Art of Portland
Place Mall
700 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 4005
Portland, Oregon 97204

In 2006, Dayna Pinkham was featured on Oregon Art Beat.

This year, Oregon Art Beat is celebrating 15 years of creativity. To mark the occasion, Oregon Art Beat is hosting an exhibit at Pioneer Place Mall. The exhibit starts on April 19th and is open to the public. Dayna's iconic Sloper hat will be on display from April 19 until June 19, 2014. Make sure to stop by and enjoy the diverse Pacific NW talent on display.

Pinkham Millinery celebrated the release of the book, Couture Hats by Louis Boa, with a fashion show of private collection hats & an open house on October 13th, 2012, and we are so grateful for all the people who helped, attended, and made the night a fantastic success. The photos below are from this memorable evening...

Autographed copies of the book are still available for sale - please contact the shop for further information!

Images courtesy of Jaycob Desrosiers Photography,

Pinkham Millinery will be closed this Friday, March 23rd and Saturday March 24th.

Dayna will be attending the Annual Milliner's Convention "Hat Camp" in LA.
Top milliners across the country attend "Hat Camp" every year to learn, teach and inspire each other through workshops and discussions on new techniques and innovations.

The shop will be back to regular hours Tuesday March 27th, 11-5:30.

Just a reminder that our Annual Sample Sale goes thru the end of March, and there are still some great shapes on the floor! Happy Spring!!!

Just a little reminder that this Friday, March 16th 11-5:30pm begins our Annual Spring Sample Sale.

Be the first to see all of the felts and straws marked down 15-70%!!!

Mark your Calendars, Friends! It's our Annual Sample Sale Event!

Join us at our new location, Friday, March 16th 11:00am-5:30pm, continuing through the end of March.

We have found some treasures in the move, and now it's time to clean house!

Inventory is marked down 15-70% off Felts and Straws from the previous season.

Hope you can make it!

We are thrilled to announce that we have moved! We are very excited to start the new year in a new location.  We've moved just a few blocks away from our old shop in Morgan's Alley to 1012 SW Washington.  Our official opening date is Tuesday, January 23rd. Where we will be back to our usual business hours, Tuesdays- Saturdays, 11-5:30. We are currently by appointment only while we make things perfect.

Make sure to stop by and toast to our new space on first Thursday, February 2nd!

Friday, December 9th, 6-9pm we will be hosting our 3rd Annual Apprentice Cocktail Party. The Millinery Apprentices will be presenting their designs and toasting to our exciting news!

All hats in the shop will be marked down, including custom orders to be picked up at the first of the year.

Join us for a glass of bubbly and be the first to hear of our newest venture!

Since Pinkham Millinery's exposure in Italian Vogue in 2010, many exciting publications have featured stories on the Millinery.  This month, Arab Wings International Inflight Magazine, Aviator, featured Pinkham Millinery on the cover, and in the article Dayna was named one of the worlds best milliners.

Additionally, Pinkham Millinery's is included the beautiful book "International Couture Milliners" published by Harper-Collins; set to be released January, 2012.

Special thanks to Photographers - Minh Tran and Carlin Sundell,
Stylists - Claudine Ebel, Angie Sarac, Graye Guidotti, and Jayme Hansen
Models - Robin Hilleary, Thalia Kelly, Adam Bayer
Menswear by Duchess Clothier

In collaboration with Portland Fashion Night Out, we will be having our End of Summer Sale Thursday, September 8th through the weekend. Select hats will be marked down 10-50% off.  We will also be launching our new Ready to Wear Fall hat line. In addition to our sale, Thursday evening at 7pm, our hats will be featured in the Under U 4 Men  fashion show.

"Fashion's Night Out was created by Vogue magazine in 2009, in conjunction with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYC & Company and is a global celebration of style created by the fashion industry to remind consumers how exciting shopping and fashion can be."-

Please come and support local retailers and celebrate style and fashion!