Welcome to my World
Hi, I'm Sarah, the milliner behind Miss Ava's Millinery (Ava was my cabaret stage name in case you were wondering). Welcome to my world and work!
It's fair to say that my love affair with hats began as a child, when my grandmother mentioned that a branch of my ancestors were royal milliners. As I grew older I developed a fascination with vintage fashion, in particular that of the 1920s and 1950s - the glamour, the feminine looks, the style, the classic beauty and the effort people put into looking their best - and slowly my vintage collection grew and naturally included a range of beautiful hats.
However, well preserved original vintage hats are not always the easiest to find, especially for someone like myself with a non-average head size. So when I had to leave my career as a field archaeologist due to injury I decided to combine my love of vintage fashion, my costume skills from years of being a cabaret performer and retrain as a milliner. Hence Miss Ava's Millinery was born.
My aim with my millinery work is create hats and headwear with are made to the highest possible standards, whilst still striving to try and keep them in a price range which I myself could justify spending, for I believe hats should be something which could be worn at any time and for any reason - not just for special occasions!
I pride myself of handcrafting hats and headwear to the highest possible standard. I hand block each piece myself and then carefully sew each element also by hand to ensure a high end finish with meticulous attention to detail.
Along side my ready to wear and couture collections I also love to create bespoke hats for people, so do get in touch if you have a particular dream hat, or if you need something to match an outfit or event!