Crystal Birch is a maverick milliner who specialises in irreverent designs of classic hats. We salute her innovative style and recently celebrated with her while pouring Krone Brut Rosé.
We caught up with Crystal to ask her a few questions, and to get into her headspace.
We are both into local production, bubbly and we love having a good time.
I always wanted to be a specialist, after I studied fashion design. I knew it would be hats or shoes, so the headwear won.
My daughter’s imagination plays a huge role in my thinking at the moment, and she inspires me to just play. Cooking, traveling also inspire me. And… my grandmothers are my two inspirational women that give me honest and loving feedback.
I like the pieces that designers and I collaborate on; they get to live in special world. I like feather pieces that move, they’re a great conversation starter.
I would say our Rich Mnisi collaboration, for its scale and drama.
It’s MASSIVELY important to invest in local talent and to make local manufacturing boom: it makes our economy grow. Our factory is not run by machines, but by people who operate them, by manufacturing locally you are investing in many local people.