Meet Our Milliners
Milliners are creative, inspirational people who have an eye for detail. As one of our milliners put it, "it's a blend between being a sculptor and a seamstress."
At the Rain Hat Collection we are proud and privileged to sell the finest rain hats and sun hat from the best of British milliners. In a world that is changing dramatically with British craftsmanship dying out, we are delighted to be able to play a small part in promoting British millinery.
Here is just a brief synopsis on each of our milliners. You can read more in depth interviews with our milliners on our blog page
Jacqui & John Osborne aka JoJo Hats are the formidable couple creating beautiful hats. Handmade in Devon their rain hats have such amazing variations in designs and textiles. Their guiding philosophy is to make hats which their owners love to wear, whether at a special occasion or trampling over the moors with their dogs. Ultimately they want to make their hat wearer smile.
We love JoJo Hats and they definitely put a smile on our customers' faces.
Please read our blog: JoJo Hats - An Exclusive Interview and find out how they became a successful local Devon milliner
Michelle is a truly gifted milliner based in Birmingham. Working on a sewing machine came naturally to her and must have been in her blood, as her mother and grandmother were both talented seamstresses.
As Michele says “I’m in love with fashion, design and how it makes a person feel. Putting on quality accessories can lift one’s spirits” We whole heartedly agree with this and can see that Michelle’s baker boy caps will certainly do just that.
Click here to see Mijori Creative rain hats
Sophia Kathanlina is a fine arts & fashion textile graduate who has worked under several fashions houses in Birmingham & Leicester before setting up her own label Peak & Brim Designer Hats in 1990. She has a flair for originality & an eye for the classic.
This company continually strives to design & create unique handmade hats which have a feel of uncompromising comfort mixed with the "wow" factor.
We love Peak & Brim rain hats & their quirky sense of style.
Please read our blog on Peak and Brim and find out how Downton Abbey and Royalty have inspired Peak & Brim Hats
Clare Butterton is a graduate in Fashion Design & Millinery and has worked under famous London fashion houses. She takes inspiration from her surroundings in rural Shropshire & all her designs are uncompromising in quality.
The team are continuously busy sewing & decorating away. She describes themselves as a modern day "House of Elliot"!
We love Proppa Toppa's rain hats, especially their "hats in a bag"
Please read our blog: Meet Proppa Toppa - life as a milliner
Bradleys Tannery began by manufacturing leather gloves and aprons for heavy industries. As the economy changed in Britain and manufacturing declined the company adapted and now make stunning hats amongst other lifestyle accessories. They describe themselves as "quintessentially British, quality at our hearts with a little sprinkle of fun and eccentricity"
Sadly Olney Headwear have now closed. Established in 1914, this well loved family-owned and run business, made many of our stylish rain hats and more recently our sun hats.
We do still have some Olney hats but unfortunately we will not be able to get anymore. It has been a pleasure working with Olney Headwear and their style and talent will be missed.
Feather Hat Pins Supplier - Jafee et Fils
Based in Devon in a lovely old brushworks factory, Jaffe et FIls source and hand make all of their feather hat pins right here in the UK, ensuring that quality is paramount. They use handcrafting techniques and chemistry to create stunning effects. The feathers are sourced from UK farms who use high levels of animal husbandry. The poultry feathers used are ordinarily treated as waste products and therefore discarded. Throwing these away would really be a waste! We are so glad to have come across this craft business making vibrant and striking feather hat brooches that compliment many of our hats so spectacularly! Make your choice or see what we recommend.