Shay Lhea


Good day! Mask Designer and Milliner Extraordinaire at your service! My current and primary focus revolves around designing wearable objets d’art which currently have a worldwide audience and client base.

As a self-taught artist (who previously worked as a painter and sculptor), the principal reason why I’m now drawn to creating wearable accessories and disguises is because I’ve always operated under the assumption that when anyone dons a mask or hat, they feel as if they finally have an opportunity to flaunt a dormant or secretive part of who they truly are.

I’ve never believed that a person who chooses to wear a mask has any intention of hiding but instead would rather reveal a private truth they might otherwise be unable to display to the masses in their daily life. My role is as a ‘Character Facilitator’.

As for hats: Today I seize the title of: “Hat-Bearer of the 21st Century.” Why? Because I believe we’ve become too casual, too complacent, too common in the realm of external self-expression. Gentility was easily achieved once upon a time by citizens who lived in an age where grace and beauty perfumed nearly every realm of existence.

I adore hats and refuse to only wear them to ‘events.’ Wear your hat to the market, walking your dog, cycling through the park. I strive to make every day an event. Just follow my lead!

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