Meet the Designer: Brookes Boswell

A member of the Bespoke Brooklyn movement, this young, up-and-coming milliner is putting hats on the map again.

Violetto, Prescott, Savoy, Alderman, Galleon… the names of Brookes Boswell’s hats read like characters in a Charlotte Brontë novel. Up until a few years ago, the idea of 20-somethings investing in a fedora was similar: a romantic idea, but hard to pull off IRL. Since opening her eponymous millinery studio in 2009, Brookes has been making waves with her made-to-measure and off-the-rack hats. We would brave hat hair any day to wear one of her handmade chapeaus, so we had to get a look behind the scenes. We caught up with Brookes to talk hat making, the best kind of felt and Jane Birkin.

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Meet the Brand: Osei-Duro

The duo behind Osei-Duro travel between Los Angeles and Ghana to create their coveted line of hand dyed and batiked women’s wear. Working with local garment workers and artisans at their studio in Ghana’s capital, Accra, is just one rad part of their story. From high school in Vancouver, BC, to creating a line that counts FLOTUS as a fan, Maryanne and Molly have had quite a ride together. And they’re really only just beginning – they have plans for more menswear and accessories and growing their network in Africa. We caught up with the longtime friends to find out more about how it all started and what’s inspiring them today.

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