Modest Millinery

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

Amy Hamilton's hats have been pictured in Italian Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. Amy Hamilton hasn't. You might say she's hiding behind them. The woman who crafts the delicate cloches and wide-brimmed Derby hats prefers to stay out of the limelight, but her creations can't keep from attracting it.

"I'll get a call from Vogue, and it's just, I'm still not used to that," the sweet spoken Hamilton said with a laugh. "It's fun."

She started Granville Millinery Company after learning to make hats as a student at the Columbus College of Art & Design, and she still operates out of her home -- where she keeps shelves full of antique knickknacks and boards filled with feathers and flowers.

She's more like the delicate ribbons and classic shapes than the bold colors and big blooms that make up much of this year's spring line.

The Vermont native calls her personal style "conservative," naming J. Crew and Anthropologie her favorite stores. "I still, someday, I would love to have my own boutique," Hamilton said. "So that's my dream."

She also enjoys skiing and spending time with her children, 15-year-old Marcus and 14-year-old Lilly. Her husband, Paul, is a painter, and the two keep "his and hers" studios within eyesight of each other on their home's two-acre backyard.

"Partners in Life and Art," a joint exhibition featuring Amy Hamilton's hats inspired by Paul Hamilton's still-life paintings, will be on display April 11 to May 31 at the Franklin Park Conservatory.