(click / touch the photos to see the designer hats in detail)
While we want you to feel beautiful, sophisticated and in your element wearing a Louise Macdonald headpiece, we also want to create in the most sustainable way, giving consideration to reducing the environmental and social impact in the production of our luxury headwear.
When creating our headpieces, we are focused on long-term, timeless designs. We want your Louise Macdonald headwear to stand the test of time and be worn for many years. We want you to wear Louise Macdonald millinery often, share with friends and family, and consider recycling when you no longer see yourself wearing the hat (more about this below).
With this in mind, we have designed pieces that can be worn casually or to formal occasions. For example, Flux (left) or Aurora (right), which comes in a variety of colours, would be perfect for Christmas Day, the races or a night out. You could wear Polo Fedora (center) to that picnic in the park or the races.
Our hats and headpieces are made to last. Longevity is key when we create with the best quality construction techniques. We want you to be wearing and sharing these pieces for years to come.
In most cases we have used natural materials and in some cases vintage materials to create our designer hats. Gigi Beret (left) and Flossy (right), for example, are made from vintage straw braid. Probably woven in the 1950s–1960s, these braids have been rescued from a dusty room full of abandoned haberdashery at Melbourne's now long-gone fabric emporium Job Warehouse, and delicately sewn and manipulated to create these gorgeous contemporary pieces.
Amara (center) is made from remnant pieces of straw, adding to a reduction in the disposal of left overs. What was once destined for the bin, has been used to create a unique one off headpiece.
Packaging: Our hat boxes are made from 80% recycled materials.
Recycling: In order to extend the life of your Louise Macdonald headpiece or hat, we invite you to return any old pieces that you no longer have use for and we will pull it apart and recycle the materials, offering them to students attending our millinery courses. They can be remade, shaped and trimmed into new creations, thus extending their life cycle (contact Louise Macdonald Milliner).
Matching headwear with accessories, shoes, bag, jewellery
A way of making your headpiece pair with a variety of different outfits in your wardrobe is to team it with your shoes or bag. The accessory ensemble can be the constant theme and you can match and mix your outfits around it. Even nail polish and lipstick can be used to help link the hat to your outfit.
Where can the headpieces be found?
Make an appointment to visit Louise Macdonald Milliner's Melbourne studio and view the latest fashion collection, or purchase your favourite piece through the online shop.
Millinery tips (for any season)
What makes a good headpiece? What should people look for when purchasing a hat?
1. You want something that suits your face shape and height
2. You want something that suits your personality!
That tends to be easier to manage. Most people are drawn to fashions that speak to them and reflect their style. Quirky, classic or showstopper!
A few more essential tips to consider when investing in a hat or headpiece:
Most importantly, have fun at the races or wherever you go with your beautiful hat!
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