Like the most famous milliners before her, Gigi affirmed her craft in Paris as a student at Parsons School of Design in her final year at Parsons, Gigi was nominated for the Designer of the Year Award, with a collection of hats that immediately attracted a wave of devotees the Gigi Burris label followed soon after. Each Gigi Burris piece is manufactured by hand locally in New York City. Hats are created using the centuries-old technique of hand blocking on wooden blocks.

Gigi was honored as one of Forbes 30 under 30 Art and Style List in 2013 and was a CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Finalist in 2014. She was nominated for a CFDA Accessories award in 2016.