Ryan Wilde '02, millinery director for J.J. Hat Center, visited a fashion design accessories class in the School of Design during the spring 2015 semester to discuss and show samples of her work. J.J. Hat Center is the oldest hat store in New York City and a staple in New York menswear since 1911.
Wilde, who earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in art photography from the Department of Transmedia, has become an integral part of the New York City hat-making community. Ryan Wilde Millinery was founded in 2005 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In 2008, she opened her shop Tria and then IDA in 2011. Her hats have been carried in Henri Bendel, Patricia Field, and Harvey Nichols. She has also been featured in Vogue, Bazaar, Forbes Life, and W Magazine, along with many other notable publications.