Next up in our 'Introducing...' series is top milliner and all-round lovely lady Rachel Drewer, over to you Rachel!
I’m always being asked how I got into hats and millinery, and the honest answer is via a rather winding path! From when I was a little girl I always enjoyed making things in my spare time, everything from clothes to cushion covers and Christmas presents, but since doing well at school and reading Physics at university I went and got a ‘proper’ job in London. It was only after I got married and moved to rural Hampshire in 2009 that my creativity re-surfaced, and one morning after a friend’s wedding I literally woke up and thought ‘I’d like to be a milliner’! And here I am.
Having completely re-trained, I started the business in 2011 and now so enjoy my job of designing and making hats for ladies to wear on special occasions like weddings and the races. A lot of my clients have daughters and sons who are getting married and want to look special on the big day. I also love the opportunity to work with brides to create a bespoke headpiece to tie in with their dress and theme for the day, be it vintage, floral, or something a little avant garde.
All my pieces are handmade from scratch and tailored to the client, so every last detail is unique to them. I love going the extra mile for clients by sourcing extra special beads, lace and silks, which all make the final design more personal and meaningful to them. I also offer millinery workshops for hen parties and birthdays, which is a fun way to celebrate with girlfriends, and something a little different. For ladies who’d like to make their own unique headpiece for the summer, I’ve also got some open workshops coming up in Alresford – see www.racheldrewer.com/workshops.
I’m so excited to be part of the Hampshire Bridal Boot sale, I’ll be there with my hats to try on, and also be demonstrating some simple yet effective millinery techniques to try at home. I look forward to meeting you on 16th June!
Hayley Savage 1 & 2: © Cooper Photography
Penny Dixon: Stephen Mark Photography
Kirsty Stewart: no credit
Harvest by Rachel Drewer & Whittle by Rachel Drewer: Angela Ward Brown Photography
Liz by Rachel Drewer: © Gem Hall
Rachel Drewer studio: Adrienne Photography