Satya Twena is the CEO and Creative director of Satya Twena Fine Millinery, Makins Hats and Sol a Mer (Easy to pack, UV-Protective hats).
Satya’s first entrepreneurial endeavor started in 2010 when her mother asked for a soft hat to cover her bare head as she began losing her hair from cancer treatment.
Satya continued making hats for herself, her mother and their friends out of her apartment using a jiffy steamer and her home oven.
As demand increased and needing to fill orders, Satya’s friend designer Charles Nolan, introduced her to the Makins Hat Factory (one of Manhattan’s last hat factories, located on 35th street in Manhattan).
She worked closely with them until 2013, when the 40 year old Makins Hat Factory abruptly closed.
By saving Manhattan's last hat factories Satya and her team continue to preserve the legacy of the Makins Hat factory and the craft of hand made hats in America.
Satya grew up in Southern California & graduated from Wellesley College.
Made in Ojai, CA