Over the past few years, many vegan shoe and handbag brands have launched and achieved astronomical success due to the growing consumer demand for more ethical and cruelty-free options.
Paving the way and making a mark in the vegan headwear industry is an extremely talented, creative and passionate milliner, meet Rachel Warrillow.
Warrillow has been created with a mission in mind; to encourage people to enjoy and be confident in wearing hats, to raise awareness of vegan clothing and accessories, and to share their passion for handcrafted and ethical goods.
Founder and head designer, Rachel, has been working in millinery for around seven years and throughout her own personal, rather rocky journey, found that her creativity was like a therapy, a place to find strength and peace no matter what else was happening around her!
As a relatively niche industry, millinery has always been rooted in traditional practices, and that is a great deal of the charm too. Hats made by hand, are basically made the way they always have been. However, while real fur has been mostly stamped out of other fashion industries, in millinery it is still considered luxurious and is commonplace.
Feathers are also used a huge amount, as is silk, leather and wool. While using only vegan materials may be thought to restrict design possibilities, Rachel has found that it has focused her design abilities, “While putting feathers on a hat may be an easy (if cruel and grisly) way to create a dramatic effect, they are not necessary to beautiful, dramatic design; it’s just a way for a designer to be a bit lazy. Humans could never look as good in feathers as the birds who grow them, so why try when there are so many other options out there?” says Rachel.