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Image credit with many thanks to: Amelia, Ford Models; Tony Bryan, stylist; and David Leslie Anthony, photographer. Head piece by tonya gross millinery.

tonya gross millinery is an award-winning couture and ready-to-wear hat designer based in Chicago, IL. Tonya produces hand-made headwear for men and women using traditional hat making techniques.

From hedge fund to head wear to head of fashion in Chicago
In 2005, Tonya left a career in IT in financial services for a more creative life, turning a life-long passion for hats and accessories into a head wear design practice. Tonya creates hats for women and men through custom hats for clients for all sorts of occasions including weddings, fancy parties, and the Kentucky Derby. All head wear projects begin with an a private consultation and can be scheduled via email:

Tonya is now the Executive Director of the Chicago Fashion Incubator and is the former Director of Fashion and Culinary Arts Programming for the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events for the City of Chicago. Go DCASE! Although no longer working for the City, Tonya is thrilled to continue to support other creative entrepreneurs in Chicago. For more information about consulting services for your fashion start-up, please email: CHICAGO CREATIVE CONSULTANTS LLC