Welcome to my online learning environment!

Here you learn how to master the craft of millinery.

Berry Rutjes in front of her hat blocks at her atelier in Gouda
Photo by Barbara Groen

About the online Masterclass

For years, Berry has given workshops and training in hat making and flower corsages making in her studio with great enthusiasm and success. This made Berry think, “How nice would it be if everyone had the opportunity to learn to make their own hats, from their own home and at a time that suits them”. That is why she developed the Online Masterclass Couture Hat Making. You will be trained in the art and craft of hat making. Thanks to her professional guidance,  you will learn how to make the professional hats to perfection, with online personal advice from Berry.

The Masterclass

  • In 10 online classes, I will teach you to master millinery and create your own hat
  • Professional and enthusiastic guidance by Berry Rutjes
  • In your own time and in your own pace
  • Monthly live Q&A sessions
  • E-book The Ultimate Hat Style Guide by Berry Rutjes

Till September 30th, 2020 the Masterclass has an introductory price of €297,50. From October 1st, 2020 the Masterclass costs €495.

How to get started!

For this course, you will need a hat block and materials. No worries if you don’t have materials. Berry composed a starter pack, especially for the masterclass. The pack will contain beautiful materials such as velour felt, grosgrain ribbon, garnish, special iron wire, and environmentally friendly finish, priced at € 125.

It is also possible to order a custom hat block. This luxurious personalized version of soft fruitwood is specially made for you and engraved with your name. The mold costs € 750. An investment that pays for itself, as it will enable you to make ten different versions of couture hats. You can order the material during checkout.

Note: The production and delivery of your custom hat block or material package are around 3 weeks. After purchasing your course you can watch the course directly.

What our students say!

I started the course to use my creativity again. Beforehand I worried a bit if I could cope with the level of the course. But the videos are really helpful in every step. Every stitch is explained by Berry. And I enjoyed the live Q&A sessions with Berry very much. From her atelier, she gives good advice ánd inspiration. Making my own hat makes me feel proud and I wear the hat with love and pride!.
Klasina Groeneveld

I’ve always wondered how a hat was made and how to use a hat block. Thanks to this masterclass, I got answers to these questions and I have made a hat that suits me.
Frederike Maathuis-Backerus

About Berry Rutjes

Berry learned the craftsmanship of millinery at the London College of Fashion. It was here that she specialized in the classic, traditional techniques of hat making. She came back to The Netherlands and started her own workshop; Berry Rutjes Jr. Hat design. Ever since her love for hats and her business has evolved.

From fedora to slouch hat
A hat is cool and classy and is the perfect accessory to emphasize your style. Whether you have a fabulous party, a business meeting, or are going shopping, a floppy brim hat, cool fedora or casual bucket hat is the finishing touch to any outfit. Berry Rutjes has been designing and making all sorts of hats in her own studio using traditional methods. Renowned Dutch fashion designers such as Marlies Dekkers and Michael Barnaart van Bergen asked her to design creations for their (couture) shows. Her collaboration with the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum drew crowded halls and customers like politicians know exactly where to find her shop.

Berry has been giving workshops and training in making hats and flower corsages in her studio. Her students are always very enthusiastic: “Berry is very inspiring and passionately shares her knowledge” and “You will see results immediately” are some of the enthusiastic reactions. This made Berry think, “How nice would it be if everyone had the opportunity to learn how to make their own hats, from their own home and at a time that suited them. This is why she has recently developed the Online Masterclass Couture Hat Making.

In-person COVID-19 proof workshops in 2020 and 2021?

Note: In-person workshops are in The Hague, The Netherlands. In-person courses or Summer School are in Gouda, The Netherlands.

Berry Rutjes Hat Designer