Happy new year Fab Fillies,
Hope Christmas went well and you are all ready to kick 2017's ass!!
To kick off our blog for 2017 we got to speak with one of the main players in the Irish Millinery scene.
I met this lady first very early on in her career and I could see from the word go that she has a natural flare for hat making and was going to be a very busy lady and that has come to pass. Let me introduce Cork Milliner Liz O Sullivan AKA Marc Millinery... Liz is an award winning milliner and has taken many Ladies Day titles with her unique headpieces.
FAB FILLIES: Liz....tell us a bit about your background..
LIZ: I am a mother of four and my background has always been in retail, admin and the financial services.
FAB FILLIES: Where did the interest in millinery come from originally?
LIZ: I have always loved hats, but only explored millinery a few years ago . As a child I loved crocheting and art but never realised my love of craft and art could be combined in millinery !! When I eventually found I could work doing something I absolutely loved it was amazing!!
FAB FILLIES: What gave you the actual push to start your business?
LIZ: I guess I had my fourth child and felt that if I could stay at home for a while and take a break from work, with time on my hands, what started as a hobby became a job . So I went up to a Lina Stein millinery workshop in Westport and loved it so much, and decided this is for me .
So Marc Millinery was born the name coming from my four kids names:
- Megan, Annamae, Ronan and Callum .
FAB FILLIES: Who would be your most frequent type of customer...mother of the bride, a racegoer or is it wedding guest?
LIZ: I would think mother of bride / groom and wedding guest are my most frequent , race goers are next and becoming a lot more popular as are so many women now enjoying a day at the races
FAB FILLIES: What is your favourite material to work with?
LIZ: I don't really have a favourite. I love creating different colour combinations using a variety of fabrics, ii I love silk, especially making matching silk flowers, I love felt at winter time, I love sinamay as I can experiment a lot with it, I have been known also to cut up a dress when need be!!
FAB FILLIES: What is your favourite shape or style of headpiece?
LIZ: Again I don't have a favourite per se.
I suppose for my business the pillbox is a very popular option as it's a nice easy size and easy to wear , then the beret is a very classy style as it is a bit bigger so it's a nice mother of the bride size , the disc / saucer is another favourite . I love the vintage shapes and especially love the 1950's .
FAB FILLIES: Can you see any particular style of headpiece being popular for the coming season?
LIZ: I don't see a particular style at the moment. I feel it varies as it's such a personal choice , some ladies love structure, others love flowers and feathers , others love embellished pieces while some ladies the simpler the better so really as a milliner you need to adapt to suit the client and also find a shape that suits them.
FAB FILLIES: Who or what inspires you?
LIZ: My inspiration just happens, it usually starts with colour combinations and really takes off from there , - a lot of experimentation!!
FAB FILLIES: Favourite places to shop?
LIZ: I love high street - River Island, Zara, Vera Moda, Penneys and Dunnes. I love Brown Thomas as a treat .
For something different I love Vanilla Boutique in Fermoy.
Coast in Cork are really helpful and great for weddings .
For that something special for wedding guests and mothers of the brides I have seen some beautiful pieces from Phoenix V in Cork .
I also love designs I have seen from Tina Griffin Designs, her work is amazing and her fabrics are wow.
FAB FILLIES: Any advice for budding milliners or someone else with an interest in the business?
LIZ: I would have to say go for it!! Look for courses in your area and give it a try -you will know if it's for you!!