Hive Mind Millinery is bringing a fresh and modern take on millinery to Vancouver, contrasting the traditional hat-making technique of hand-blocking materials over vintage wooden moulds with a unique and contemporary finish, creating a one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art.
From classic fedoras and bowlers through to delicate fascinators and whimsies, Hive Mind Millinery hand crafts them all. Designs for both sexes are custom fitted to each head size using fabrics, brims and crowns that compliment each client’s face shape and complexion. Hive Mind Millinery creates a truly unique chapeau, whilst adding their trademark clean lines and strong use of colour.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Originally from Kinver, a small village in southern Staffordshire, England, I have been living in Vancouver since early 2007. From a very young age I have had a passion for all things fashion. I would spend many hours delving through my mother's closets trying on all her silk and lace, wrapped in a cloud of Chanel No. 5, willing her stiletto heals to fit and lusting after the big floppy brimmed sun hat on the top shelf. After I had been chased away, I would sit whiling away the hours creating fantastical outfits, always topped of with a Vanity Fair-esque chapeau.
Later, inspired by the BBC costume drama 'The House of Elliot', my dream was to open my own fashion house. As I grew up, my passion never waned, but I took a more practical approach to my career, settling on architecture. However, my love of textiles and fashion drew me back in. I finally gave into that passion and began researching the teachings of millinery. Four years later, Hive Mind Millinery was born.