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 

JoJo Hats

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.

Click here to see  JoJo Hats rain hats or here for JoJo Hats sun hats

Please read our blog: JoJo Hats - An Exclusive Interview and find out how they became a successful local Devon milliner

Proppa Toppa

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"

Click here to see Proppa Toppa womens rain hats  or here for Proppa Toppa sun hats

Please read our blog: Meet Proppa Toppa - life as a milliner 

Peak & Brim

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.

Click here to see Peak & Brim rain hats or here for Peak & Brim sun hats

Please read our blog on Peak and Brim and find out how Downton Abbey and Royalty have inspired Peak & Brim Hats 

Mijori Creative

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

Bradleys Tannery

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"  

Just Seven

"I’ve resigned!" Trish told her husband after years working in the corporate world. A Fashion Design course was the next step to Just Seven and the world of Millinery

Starting again and going it alone proved hard work and a huge gamble. Initially from the kitchen table and spare room, but absolutely no looking back, no regrets.

Ten years on and from her studio in South Devon, Trish designs and hand creates headwear for every occasion and season. Her hats are unique and creative.

We are lucky to have her wax rain hats which come in a multitude of colours, rust being an exceptional and fabulous colour - our personal favourite!

Watch this space for Trish's gorgeous sun hats - coming soon!

Jaffe 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. 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!

Wear as a hat pin or even as a brooch

Louise Wedderburn Design

Louise trained in the knitwear industry and is a truly gifted artist. She lives on a farm in rural Scotland and her ideas are inspired by her surroudings, all noted down in a sketch book to be used at a later point. Her gloves are then made in a Scottish glove factory on some very old traditional glove making machines

You will luxuriate in the softness and pure beauty of her gloves and scarves, as well as keeping beautifully warm

Turtle Doves

Turtle Doves are the UK designers and manufacturers of our gorgeous cashmere fingerless gloves. Their ethos is to use preloved cashmere and turn it into amazing products.

Warm, luxurious and extremely soft to the touch their fingerless gloves make fabulous gifts for loved ones or yourself!