Milliner Directory

Considering getting a bespoke hat made? We have some very talented milliners on Millinery Market who would love to help bring your vision to life.

Below you will find sample photos of their work and an overview of their style and experience to help you select a milliner to work with.

If this is your first time getting a bespoke piece made, check out Part 3 of the Ultimate Millinery Guide for some tips and advice. If you’re a milliner and would like to be featured, email hello@millinerymarket.com to find out how.

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1) Millinery Training

Claire is a self taught milliner with a background in fine arts and fashion styling.

2) Years of Experience

Claire made her first hat for a sewing competition when she was 11. However her commercial millinery journey began in 2011 when she saw a gap in the market for millinery that combined on trend style with function and affordability.

3) Millinery Style

Claire’s signature style is modern and on trend while perfectly balancing a fresh fashion forward approach with comfort and wearability.  Her ready to wear collection is a wide broom but carries her clean unfussy style across all of her designs.  Claire is renowned for the styling advice she offers to her clients. Claire’s impeccable taste and eye for balance is generously afforded to all her clients.

4) Specialisation (e.g. fabrications, techniques) 

Claire’s speciality is providing one of a kind stand out millinery at a more accessible price point. Claire’s work ethic and customer service is highly regarded- always willing to go the extra mile for her clients.

5) Prizes and Awards

Claire’s work has been awarded countless millinery awards and adorned many an award winning ensemble.  Most notably this year the winning sash at the 2018 Kentucky Derby Oaks. All ready this year Claire’s clients have won over 12 sashes with the Spring season underway there will undoubtedly be more to add to the success.

6) Location

Auckland, New Zealand.

7) Average Price

Ready to wear pieces: $170 – $240. Bespoke pieces: $185 – $300.

8) Contact

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Caren Lee Millinery

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1) Millinery Training

Formal training with Rebecca Share, Jane Stoddart, Peter Jago, Serena Lindemann, Carole Maher, Rose Hudson, Elaine Mergard, Amanda Macor. Plus five years with Hat Academy.

2) Years of Experience

Started creating Millinery in 2013 – 5 years experience.

3) Millinery Style

My millinery style is mostly understated elegance but I also love to do large artistic pieces as well.

4) Specialisation (e.g. fabrications, techniques) 

I specialise in hand blocked perchers, winged pieces, boater hats and the use of alternative materials.

5) Prizes and Awards

My clients regularly win Fashions on the Field. I was a finalist in Brisbane Fashion Month 2017. I am about to do my third runway show.

6) Location

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

7) Average Price

My average price for a bespoke hat hand blocked and hand stitched original is $250 – $400.

8) Contact

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Crazy Teapot (Brenda Lui)

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1) Millinery Training

Qualified Milliner and Fashion Designer:

  • Advanced Diploma in Fashion Design (completed in 2000 at Metropolitan Institute)
  • Multiple Intensive Millinery courses with Master Milliner Waltraud Riener who has become my mentor
  • Multiple Intensive Millinery online courses with Elaine Mergard
  • Other Intensive 1 day Millinery courses with Rebecca Share, Loraine Gill, Brenda Willson and Patty Carter

2) Years of Experience

Started creating Millinery in 2005 –  13 years experience.

3) Millinery Style

Creating for my brand Crazy Teapot there is signature feminine aesthetic to my millinery style with an eclectic mix of modern/ innovative designs and nods to vintage eras of the past.

4) Specialisation (e.g. fabrications, techniques) 

I love working with a range of materials, some of my favourites for Spring are sinnamay, straws, braids, textiles such as silks, laces and leathers for flowers and trims. I am always on the lookout for new materials and technology to work with and experiment with such as vegan textiles like @Pinatex, thermos plastics like EVA foam and even 3D printing.

5) Prizes and Awards

I’ve only started entering Millinery competitions in the last year.

  • 2018 – Winner of the Hat blocks Australia Women’s Hat award
  • 2017 – 3rd Prize Millinery Award – Thoroughbred Spring Millinery Event
  • 2017 – Top 10 Millinery Finalist – Brisbane Fashion Month

My clients have won multiple Fashions on the Fields awards over the years.

6) Location

My home based studio is on Brisbane’s Northside (Australia) at Bracken Ridge and available to see clients by appointment.

7) Average Price

Prices for my pieces range from $150 for something simple thru to $550 for a complex hat but average price is between $250-$350.

8) Contact

Visit Crazy Teapot Profile page