My passion for millinery started back in 2002. As a student working part time in a exclusive fashion store I noticed how frustrated customers who could purchase shoes, bags and even jewellery to match their outfit, but no accessories for their hair. Many of these customers where choosing occasion wear, especially weddings and races, and I saw an opportunity to create bespoke, coordinated headwear.
Setting up a studio in 2005 I was able to expand the business and concentrate on developing my collections and designs, this enabled me to expand my customer base from local to national and then international.
Over the next ten years, I was engaged in a number of high profile projects including collaborations with Matalan and Aintree Racecourse. Creatively, I have had the pleasure of working with local designer Francesca Couture on numerous campaigns. Similarly, I have supported Kirsty Doyle in accessorising her bridal designs in two separate collections.
Fast forward to 2015 and Katie Mangan Millinery was established. With dedicated social media streams and a new studio, the label has grown considerably over the last three years with some fabulous headpieces being shipped internationally and photographed at some of the biggest race meetings - including The Grand National, Royal Ascot and The Dubai World Cup.
With the development of the website in 2016, I am now able to offer access to my latest 'ready-to-wear' collection. In addition to this I will continue with my bespoke service, designing one off creations for customers, I am able to do this through communication via email and telephone.
I am constantly looking at new ideas and inspirations for designs and am excited to take Katie Mangan Millinery forward.