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Should’ve packed my beanie!

While it was certainly time for me to pack the bag, board the plane and make my way out of WA – arriving into Melbourne at midnight, into a polar storm was certainly not in the plan.

The wind literally blew my phone out of my hand and across the road that I was trying to cross as my bags blew in different directions and my hair whipped my face.

Welcome to Victoria they said!

Thank goodness Susan was on the end of that far flung phone and found me amongst the chaos, and we high-tailed it out of the storm to Geelong. 

A day later the temperature still hadn’t risen so we celebrated the Melbourne Cup at a private (heated) event hosted by Elizabeth and PJ on their nearby farm. The theme was Melbourne Cup yellow and in true Variety Bash style we donned many an outfit change (mine a multitude of layers); joined by none other than our own cardboard selves.

After all, doesn’t everyone have their own cardboard cut-out, – ready for rent-a-crowd.

Next we girls were on the first of my many road trips, to the historic town of Yackandandah, where I was invited to take part in a fashion parade event showcasing my millinery alongside the clothing range of Vivienne Cate, a simply delightful store owned by our gorgeous friend Karen.

We girls are known to combine work with travel, with play, – with our reunions, and for this catchup we stayed in a beautifully restored bank building, https://www.ashlarstays.com.au/copy-of-ashlar-on-high nestled in the heart of Yackandandah, hosting the fashion parade in the stunning backyard gardens. 

Halfway through the parade, of course – another storm scuttled us into an intimate second half on the veranda. 

Before my Broome departure, I had seriously forgotten what it was like to be cold. Karen has clothed me to survive these endless chilly days and nights – and thankfully so, because I’ve been freezing since the day I flew out. 

The next road trip was with Karen to Mazza in Yarrawonga, through historic townships and wineries, even twisting our rubber arms for a ‘crisp white’ along the way.

And my trip to Albury was by regional tour with the awesome Mazza herself. This was my first exposure to the confronting rising flood levels of Vic and NSW. 

I boarded the flight out of Vic to Sydney and on to Dubbo, to my dear friend Em of Em Menzies Art.  

Our road trip the next day was literally out to the back of Bourke, to “Salt Lake” Station where once upon a time I was a governess; and included a visit to “Emaroo”- the last Station on the road – where Em grew up and where the inspiration for her ‘girls’ art was born. 

The trip out to Emaroo was also to visit a recent resting place, a memorial for Em’s father and brother, who both passed away separately during the height of covid. Unable to travel to be with Em and our friends during that time, I’ve struggled to come to terms with Scotty’s passing, so particularly this part of our trip out west was filled with emotion, for us both.

The artist and the milliner were awed by the beautiful wildflowers, the green pick was a multitude of grasses and that red soil, – so familiar to a now Kimberley girl; and I’d never seen so much water out there. 

I was a 19 year old when I was a governess at Salt Lake. The kid’s dad would climb the windmill daily and tell us “big rain coming bunge”, which it never did, because we were in drought. 

To now see this country so wet and green was quite spectacular, with inspiration as far as the eye could see; a stunning landscape of colour, nestled into that rich red soil.

We had the ultimate tour guides – Tegan, Jack and kids, – Jack being one of the kids I taught way back then, and we made it safely back to Dubbo before more rain and the water traveled down river and closed the road. 

Back in Dubbo, I was treated to a paint and sip class with Em, painting the adventure on the canvas – and wholla! – I introduce you to my attempt at painting – entitled “Salt Lake Soak” and some inspiration for my next millinery collection.

I’m now in Central Western New South Wales with my family, surrounded by their flowering and edible gardens.

I’ve grown up knowing home as drought country but to see all this grass and flora is quite amazing. I’m constantly inspired, not to mention filled with energy from being with my friends and family. 

As you know I am passionate about rural and remote Australia and about designing collections of Millinery that truly reflect our beautiful regional land. 

My Mardi Gras millinery collection will be first to showcase, in February 2023, followed by a race wear release in May. I’ve been designing whilst away and will create when I return to Broome.

While I’m Milliner on the Move, my current collections of millinery are on show and available for sale at Cygnet Bay Pearls Showroom in Broome, WA and Vivienne Cate, Yackandandah, Vic so get in touch with these fabulous outlets if you’re looking to purchase your Hats by Felicity headpiece or hat.

Modelled by the team at Cygnet Bay Pearls

These and more available for sale at https://www.cygnetbaypearlfarm.com.au/

I have a small collection of my retail range everyday straw hats with me, and don’t forget, there’s always the handy gift voucher for you or for that special Christmas gift – available from my online store.

For gift vouchers click https://hatsbyfelicity.com.au/

My heart is full, my cup is full, I’m surrounded by friends and family that I’ve missed dreadfully over these past three + years, and my creativity has returned. 

The power of travel – so very important, especially for this Milliner on the Move.

Merry Festive season, keep smiling and I’ll check in again soon.

x Felicity (Flic)

Milliner on the Move 🙂

Millinery to Power The Image

Twelve months has passed and this Milliner still hasn’t been on the Move. 

The confinement, however, has thankfully come to an end as borders open, travel confidence grows and life stirs from our pandemic haze.

While I’ve been fortunate to have spent these past few years in Broome, the seclusion has still had an effect. 

Even with it’s wide open spaces, wilderness and beach, being away from family and friends for so long has been hard, for us all.

I’ve always justified settling on the opposite side of the country to my family by being only a flight away. Who would’ve thought? 

But don’t you worry – like the rest of us, I’ll be making up for lost time. 

The planner is out and this year there’s aeroplane stickers on the board. 

2022 in Broome kicked off with the golden opportunity to showcase by runway, my first collection of millinery for the year. 

Crown Jewels II was three months of creativity – a collection of Mardi Gras show pieces, wearable art, feathers, shimmer and bling; a mix of stage show millinery, creative artistry and race wear for those who like to take it up a trackside notch.  

I was filled with pride as each piece took to the runway and in stark contrast to the poised and silent crowd of New York Fashion Week, the models played to the screaming crowd that lined the outdoor stage beneath our balmy WET season Kimberley sky. The parade was so much fun.

Courtesy of Broome Pride Inc, captured by Laura Gass Photography

This Launch party of the Broome Pride Mardi Gras festival was filled with colour, excitement, glitter and fun. Broome was back! Events were back – and I was so grateful to be part of it all launching a collection as Milliner to the Queens. 

Surge Films Broome captured the energy of the runway with this footage Hats by Felicity Crown Jewels II Runway Show

The Launch party, however, was the first and the last crowd event of the Broome festival to take place. 

As covid continues to creep into the Kimberley the decision was made not to hold the other major events of the Mardi Gras.

As we’ve all learnt to say these past years, – “it is what it is”, and so we pack away the bling and get on with plan B, C or is it down to Z… 

My Crown Jewels II millinery collection is now available for sale on my website – Hats by Felicity Crown Jewels II Millinery Collection

And, bringing forward the next plan – I am thrilled to launch my Millinery for Creative Photoshoot Hire

For all you creative photographers out there, I have curated a collection of my unique millinery for hire, to compliment your next photoshoot – Millinery to power your image.

Whether you are shooting a business promotion for a client or your own creative photography – the Hats by Felicity Millinery Hire collection is offered to photographers Australia wide. 

Click to Millinery Hire for Creative Photography Hats by Felicity Millinery for Creative Photoshoot Hire

With Broome race round next on the Millinery event calendar for me, it’s back to the studio to create my next collection due for release in May.  

Oh, and keep an eye out for the Milliner on the Move – I’m getting back out on the road. 

Click to the footage of the runway show by Surge Films Broome Hats by Felicity Crown Jewels II Runway Show

Enjoy the video and enjoy precious times reconnecting with family and friends.

Cheers & keep smiling

Felicity (Flic)

Hats by Felicity

Milliner on the Move

A Wide Brimmed Idea ..

It was 18 months ago now, that almost silently, I released the “Cruise Broome,” the first hat of my custom designed commercial hat range, and since that April, 2017 backyard unveil, this next chapter of my hats by Felicity story has excitedly grown.  

I’ve always been completely passionate about the hat, particularly the cowboy hat.  … I create them, collect them, wear them and like many of you, just plain love them.  “One can never have too many hats” you’ll hear me say … as I hang another hat on the rack.

After releasing the ‘Flic Pinch’ palm leaf hat on the runway of NYFW, I created one for myself to wear in my stall at the Courthouse markets, Broome. 

Customers wanted my hat, but when I told them the price of the bespoke creation they turned straight for the mango smoothie line.  Don’t get me wrong, there are people who know and respect the hat and understand the price and will pay; but I want everyone to wear hats!  So, a few years ago, I started researching the price point that the general population was prepared to pay for a wide brimmed hat that protected them from the sun and of course, looked good.  The resultant price made it unachievable for me to personally create the hat, so I set about designing a hat that someone else could produce for me; a hat that I felt confident people would feel great in, they’d wear with pride, wear often and grow the SunSmart message; a hat that had my touch, fit them perfectly and was affordable.  Designing it turned out to be the easiest part – the challenge was finding someone to make the hats who understood me and what I was aiming to achieve; who respected my touches and would create the hat to my own standard.  Many sketches, prototypes and sleepless nights later, I finally secured the supplier for my first Hats by Felicity custom designed commercial range of hats.  

There’s moments in life that are significant chapters of our yarn and let me tell you the arrival of my first box of hats designed by me, was certainly one.  

Marketing was next; getting this baby out there.  I passively launched during the Shinju artist open house trail early 2017.  People came to view my millinery, and were led through my gate and up to the studio shed by a line of ‘Cruise Broome’ hats.  The reaction (to both) was great.  The Cruise Broome hats walked out the gate, and … they looked GREAT.

I then included the hats in my Sunday market stall, where I’m able to showcase the finer details of the hat, taking time to measure customers heads, use the internal drawstring to size perfectly and shape the brim according to individual’s comfort zone and sense of style.  

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I subtly included the hats in my millinery exhibitions and events big and small across the country, from the North West tip of the Kimberley, through the Pilbara, Gasgoyne and into Perth, across to Balmain, Sydney and country NSW; I even left a hat in South Africa.  This Milliner on the Move has spent every opportunity to be on the road and promote this collection to all.  

I met with retailers throughout WA and and I’m extremely proud to say that from the northwest tip of the state down to the wheatbelt you can now purchase my custom designed hat, in fact, you even have a choice, with four more hat designs since launched with this Hats by Felicity range.  

 

The next step, knowing demand existed, was getting myself to a position that enabled the purchase of my first large order from my supplier, and I couldn’t be prouder to have taken this big small business step … just …  last … week!  So, it’s game on and make some room in the shed because the hats are on their way.  

Outlets where you can purchase the hat range in WA include Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, Broome Visitor Centre, Eco Beach Wilderness Retreat, Port Hedland Visitor Centre and Botanicalia Gallery in York.  The plan of course, is to stock Australia wide so I still have some work to do.  But in the meantime, you can also purchase via my online store www.hatsbyfelicity.com.au and if you’re in Broome, at the Courthouse markets or from my studio by appointment.  

If you’d like to be a stockist please contact me on hatsbyfelicity@bigpond.com.

This is my moment to thank you, who, had faith in this project and dream of mine to develop a SunSmart hat that fits, is affordable and looks good.  You must feel great in your hat.  Be it bespoke millinery or a wide brimmed sun hat, those who know me know it is my biggest belief that putting on your hat must instantly make you feel great.… it’s not just about the hat!  

A huge shout of thanks to you who tag me wearing your hats out and about – globally even!   This not only makes my day, but makes this, my hat product, credible and very real.  

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I’ll be in touch again closer to the festive season but in the meantime, keep an eye out for a little yarn on ABC Landline and the U.K. BBC Julia Bradbury TV Series, for a snippet of feathers and fun.  The fabulous hosts of both shows each own a ‘Cruise Kimberley’ hat, so who know’s, the hat might even make a celebrity guest appearance. 

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I know it’s been a while between updates, it’s been a pretty hectic time for us all; but we have to keep these goals going and be in it for the long haul.  So, thank you.  I hope this finds you happy, healthy and well.

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Stay committed to your dream … you can make it happen.

x flic