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Pacific Brim launch 2017

Pacific Brim – shade the sun seeker – a unique range of hand-made men’s headwear sourced from the Pacific Region will be making its debut at Strand Hatters in the Strand Arcade, Sydney on Thursday 21 September 2017. Pacific Brim headwear designer, Rosie Boylan says “this is a truly Pacific collaboration that showcases the talent […]


Our brush with the Alien

In early January 2016 when Sydney was lost in deep summer, Cheryl and I embarked on our first expedition into science fiction headwear for Ridley Scott’s Alien Covenant. Collaborating with costume designer, Janty Yeats and her design team, we were commissioned to create headwear for one segment of the movie. Our primary reference material being the […]


From the Top – interview with

“Hats are always important. Full stop,” said costume designer Catherine Martin when asked about the elaborate chapeaux featured in Baz Lurhmann’s The Great Gatsby. “I think that one of the things that defines the period is evening headwear. Hats enhance the characters, create an otherworldliness, and help the audience understand that we’re in a time […]

Hat weaves from around the globe

In the lead up to the summer hat season I fill my studio with a range of straw hats in a myriad of colours, textures and patterns in preparation for designing my new summer styles. I take delight in the variety of fibres, their properties and counties of origin…. then delight again when the right […]


Papua New Guinea Bilum headwear features in Vogue magazine

Recently I have been been working with Bilum weaving communities in the Papua New Guinea highlands, developing handicraft products  for export, connecting regional co-operatives to international markets. In remote Mt Hagen I collaborated with Bilum weavers to interpret traditional practices into contemporary pull-on headwear, beanies and berets. Reinterpreting skills that had been passed down and shared by […]


Celebrating National Designer Awards with Macgraw

“Collaborating with emerging Australian design talent keeps me in step with contemporary fashion, and has been one of my professional pathways since the 1980’s”says Rosie Boylan at hatsbyrosieboylan In August last year I had a call from the Australian fashion label, Macgraw wanting some bespoke hats for their upcoming season. Sisters Tessa and Beth Macgraw […]