Designer Regine Chevallier has the coolest nickname ever: “Hat Lady to the Stars.” For good reason, too. She isn’t just flanking Hollywood’s “IT” crowd with fun, fetching and fabulous headwear (not that famous people don’t wear her hats,) but rather, she’s created a one-of-a-kind hat line for the everyday South Florida fashionista.
Matter of fact, when I asked Regine where she got the hoity-toity title from, her response surprised me: “It’s our way of telling customers that we treat everybody equally,” she said proudly. What’s more, Regine mused: “We give each and every customer the rock star treatment.” Normally, I would roll my eyes if a designer told me this and go about writing my blog, but not with Regine.
She means it and if you met her in person and held one of her exquisite hats in your hands, you would understand why. At least, that’s what did it for me. Even though I’ve admired her work for some time (on social media and in boutiques,) I didn’t have the opportunity to meet her until just a few weeks ago.
With big, beautiful brown eyes, long blonde hair, velvety tanned skin and a banging body, Regine’s every inch the quintessential Miami Beach babe but yet, she’s so much more. She’s refreshingly inquisitive, extremely present, kind, warm and beyond talented. We met up at one of my favorite stores, Le Beau Maroc in Surfside (where she sells some of her hats) to talk about her collection and my obsession with “Haute Summer Hats.”
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Editor: Matthew Auerbach