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The horses are on the track…it’s racing season here in Melbourne and the prestigious Melbourne Cup is about to be run next Tuesday 7th November. Hats and headpieces have been a feature of the racing carnival for decades with looks ranging from the elegant and understated to the creative and unique. To celebrate, we’ve curated the world’s leading milliners whose creations will inspire head adornments for any occasion.

Known as the artist of the millinery world for pushing the boundaries of the tradition, @jsmithesquire graduated from the Royal College of Art, with an MA in Millinery after studying the discipline for 6 years. Justin started his own label J Smith Esquire following the critical acclaim of his 2007 graduation show. Going from strength to strength, Justin has collaborated with high-end designers, from Stella McCartney to Moschino, Manish Aurora to Aganovich, to name a few.

@harvysantoshats is a London-based milliner who creates hats and couture headpieces that fuse traditional techniques with new materials, and timeless elegance with 21st century fun. Featuring exquisite details and fine lines, his fearless fashion pieces are all unique creations entirely hand made from luxurious materials in his London studio.

Another London native, @stephenjonesmillinery burst on to the London fashion scene during its explosion of street style in the late seventies. By 1980, Jones had opened his first millinery salon in the heart of London’s Covent Garden. Those premises soon became a place of pilgrimage and patronage, as everyone from rock stars to royalty, from Boy George to Diana, Princess of Wales. In 2009 at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, he curated the hugely popular exhibition ‘Hats, an Anthology by Stephen Jones’, breaking attendance records around the world. In addition his hats are also collected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Louvre in Paris.

Julia Emily Knox is a English Milliner, trained in New York, who heads up a small team of milliners @eastvillagehats, where they hand craft the hats on the premises, using traditional tools, methods and materials. Their clientele has always been made up of those who value quality and craftsmanship.  Drawn by a reputation which has spread by word of mouth, their customer comes seeking unique, authentic pieces to elevate their wardrobe to the next level. A high value is placed on functionality and versatility, each hat designed to be an expression of who its wearer is, or aspires to be.



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