Leigh Young, designer and owner of Pandemonium Millinery, provides handcrafted hats and bags constructed of luxurious furs, textures and velvets in styles that convey an individual flair yet possess a classic silhouette. Young opened Pandemonium as a custom clothing house in 1992. The struggling new designer worked for various Seattle area designers, including a lead designer for the Vegas show company, Greg Thompson Productions, where Young helped to create headdresses and costumes for showgirls, while producing her own line in her spare time. Young showcased her designs at local fashion shows, including the Seattle’s premier fashion event Arena as well as participated in numerous charity fundraising fashion show events.
Young also worked with local millinery Leone Ewoldt of WE Hats. While working with Ewoldt, she discovered her true passion for designing hats – the crowing element of any ensemble. As Young gained a solid understanding of millinery design and manufacturing, she switched her focus from clothing to millinery. She first began consigning her hats locally and quickly started wholesaling the Pandemonium Hat line nationally.
In 1997 Young, still struggling and armed with a credit card, left her steady design jobs behind and devoted all her energy to Pandemonium. As the hat sales increased nationwide, Young decided to expand the Pandemonium line to include gorgeous handcrafted handbags and scarves providing all the fashionable accessories to coordinate a look a with a cutting edge attitude and a pull it together in style!
Young is a Seattle native and currently resides there with her husband. When she finds time in her busy schedule she enjoys traveling and renovating of their 1920’s era home.