Leigh Magar is a milliner in Charleston, South Carolina and the owner of Magar Hatworks. She makes a range of custom hats from simple fedoras to more elaborate and theatrical ones, such as those worn at the Kentucky Derby.[1] Her work is sold at Barneys[2] and Tokyo retailer Isetan. Her husband, Johnny Tucker, is an architect.[3][4]

Magar grew up in Spartanburg and began sculpting in high school. She enrolled in the millinery program at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan, New York City, "where she financed her studies by working as a live-in housekeeper and assisting Harlem, New York hatmaker Rod Keenan" and then moved back to Charleston in 1996. After a while she opened an atelier on upper King Street, producing work for high-end retailers and custom work for locals (and local celebrities like Christina Aguilera and Michael Stipe.[3] She was named women's entrepreneur of 2009 by Country Living.[5]


  1. ^ Kinsey Gidick Local milliner Leigh Magar goes Vogue; Top It Off December 1, 2010 Charleston City Paper
  2. ^ Made in the South Award Winners Dec. 2010 Garden & Gun Archived November 24, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b Matt Lee, Ted Lee Party at the Drop of a Hat Food and Wine
  4. ^ People Dwell
  5. ^ Rains, Valerie. "Leigh Magar, Magar Hatworks". Country Living. Retrieved 9 December 2011.

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