During a chance visit to a 5th generation haberdashery in Vitoria, Spain, Gladys Tamez was invited to step behind the curtain and witnessed the secret wonders of the timeless art of millinery.  Inspired by the experience, Tamez knew she was destined to be a hat-maker. After studying art in Florence, Italy at both the Lorenzo de Medici and Scuola di Moda, Tamez landed a coveted apprenticeship under the Grand Dame of Los Angeles, Millner Miss Louise King. Now, as the founder and principal designer of Gladys Tamez Millinery, Tamez fuses the traditional techniques she learned with modern design as she oversees each hat that is hand-made in her Atelier. Tamez’s hats are available at select boutiques in Japan and in her hometown of Los Angeles as well as by appointment at her studio. 

Artfully blending luxurious materials with repurposed and recycled fabrics, Tamez masterfully creates pieces that are both couture and sensible, with meticulous details and innovative blocking techniques. Tamez draws design inspiration from a vast array of influences including vintage fashion, street style, classic western wear, contemporary art and Rock and Roll. A fashion enthusiast from an early age, Tamez was raised in Monterrey, Mexico where she was immersed in culture and surrounded by beauty.  Her mother, who continues to influence Tamez’s work, was a Lancome model in the 1960’s introducing her daughter to glamour and style.  As her family was prominent in the Bullfighting community, Tamez frequently attended matches, soaking in the elaborate costumes and flamboyant pageantry. 

Tamez, known for her personal touch, continues to eclipse client’s expectations whether they are interested in her seasonal lines, bridal conceptions or private label work. Some of the most cutting edge apparel designers have discovered the unique artistry and exceptional execution of Gladys Tamez Millinery, inviting Tamez to showcase her collections along with their work at runway and trunk shows across the country. Hollywood’s top stylists frequently pull hats for their clients, many of who become customers, including Johnny Depp, Rihanna, Kelly Rowland, Miley Cyrus and LisaMarie Presley.  Tamez’s pieces are also a favorite of many musicians including Gilberto Cerezo (Kinky), Joel Madden (Good Charlotte,) Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs), Little Dragon and members of TwinShadow. A testament to her artistry, Tamez’s "shoe" hat was recently displayed in the Decades NYC installation in honor of the Prada/Elsa Shiaparelli exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.