My house of straw

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 person turns up to purchase the hat.                                                                                                                                                                                                There are finely woven vintage sisal pieces from ‘Formosa”(now Taiwan),sourced in Tokyo,waxy and sophisticated panamas, from the highland towns of the Ecuadorian Andes.Robust and sturdy raffias from Madagascar for the hottest of summer’s days…. or New Zealand flax weaves in vibrant colours…. and bold weaves.


Rosie watching Rachel weave a pandanus hat in Vanuatu May 2016

The newest fibre in my range is the versatile and supple Pacific pandanus that easily rolls up to be stowed in the summer travellers bag and this year I will feature pandanus as part of my summer range.

This world of fibres, with all of their unique qualities and cultural stories, have found their way into my studio, and they are waiting for you – to try on the style that is right for you.

Come on down to the shop when it reopens in spring and hear more stories about your hat’s provenance and qualities.


Rosie Boylan

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