Sarah studied Art & Design at Kingston University, London in the late 1980's, and went on to graduate from Nottingham Trent University with a BA (Hons) in Theatre Design. She has worked in the fashion industry for over twenty seven years and has a wealth of experience designing for a varied range of clients including large-scale International Department Stores, independent boutiques and one to one personal commissions.
PhotographS ©Paul Hart
Sarah launched her first wholesale collection at 'Top Drawer', Alexandra Palace, London in 1990. She soon became known for her quintessentially English, vintage-style cloche hats, which she sold throughout the world. In the same year she opened her studio and hat shop in Hockley, Nottingham. During this time, Sarah collaborated with Liberty of London to produce an exclusive collection for their millinery department. She also developed a successful range of mail-order hat kits which were sold by The National Trust.
1995 - 2010
SPECIAL OCCASION COLLECTION
PhotographS ©Paul Hart
As Sarah's designs became increasingly more elaborate, designing a Special Occasion Collection was a natural progression. Drawing from her theatrical training Sarah worked with lavish fabrics to create a range of highly embellished silk hats . Her designs conveyed a sense of nostalgia which continued to appeal to her international clients and during this time she embarked on a five year collaboration with David Jones Department Stores, Australia. Alongside large brimmed silk hats, Sarah introduced small feather tiara and silk vanity bags to complete her special occasion collection.
COLOUR MATCHED HEADPIECES
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In 2000 Sarah launched a new collection of headpieces, and over the last seven years has specialised solely in colour matching her designs to leading occasion wear collections. Working closely with independent retailers throughout the UK, this bespoke service is now at the forefront of the brand's success. Renowned for her colourist work, all head pieces are now handmade to order by her studio. Sarah's designs have been worn by a number of celebrities and are regularly showcased at Royal Ascot, Royal Garden Parties and other major social events. This new direction has ensured the brand's popularity and inspired a number of new collaborations.