traveling a more curious path...


experienced artist, clothier, & milliner creating timeless pieces & affordable indulgences for the discerning customer who travels a more curious path.


le cose belle...

every day we have the opportunity to reinvent a part of ourselves.

how we choose to present ourselves to the world speaks volumes in the making of a first impression.

and the first thing a person sees is our clothes.

a great outfit, that looks great on, not only boosts self esteem, it creates an impact that is the crux of the first impression.

so never be afraid to make a wardrobe statement, even if it's just for a quick run to the market.

cock your hat- angles are attitudes!
— frank sinatra

about the maker:

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Q. Phia was born in sunny Richmond, Va. and currently has her many faceted studio docked near the frozen industrial tundra of Chicago, Illinois.

She is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she pursued art history, millinery, and photography, after falling in love with historical costume while studying abroad in Lugano, Switzerland.

She has always been a maker of things and isn't sure she could stop if she wished to. What began for her as a childhood penchant for deconstructing vintage clothing has become a fully-fledged obsession with millinery, traditional weaving, hand embroidery, and historical costume.

She arrives at her current aesthetic after many years of creating clothing for a variety of different productions, organizations, and private clients.

She particularly enjoys working in the Steampunk/Dieselpunk idiom because it grants her the latitude to combine her historical and handcrafting obsessions to create pieces that aren't subject to the same restrictions of shape, fabric, and style that contemporary clothing sometimes can be. Beyond the cut and look of her garments, it is vital that each piece be completed with proper finishing techniques.

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Her work has been featured in art shows around the Chicago area, fashion exhibitions from coast to coast, and the publications: 1000 Steampunk Creations (Quarry Books, 2011); Steampunk AMOUR Magazine; and Surreal Beauty Magazine, Ashes & Roses.


She draws inspiration from her collection of vintage Victorian clothing and accessories, ethnic costumes, and historical books, extensive travel, and copious amounts of scuba diving.

be brave. take risks. nothing can substitute experience.
— paolo coelho