Welcome to my Crib! (DFM Millinery Studio)

Lots of people have been asking me about my studio space – so I decided what better way to explain it than to write a post about it and show you a few snaps of the dfm millinery studio and a sneak preview at the next collection!



At the moment I am currently creating my new collection for 2017 so there are lots of funky fabrics, beads and feathers lying around the studio. And… half-finished hats (but not for long), I usually make 5-6 hats at a time – I find I work better this way and it speeds up the process for me.




The colours of the universe are my inspiration for this collection….as seen below…

It’s myriad of effervescent colours,  its beauty and mystery give me something to work off. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love a splash of colour, bright colours in general, so it made sense for me to hone in on this for the new collection.


My last S/S collection was rainbow inspired and the colours were a bit brighter, more primal – whereas in this collection the colours are slightly more subdued, deeper but still have a sparkle to them. Literally some of the fabric actually sparkles! Everyone needs a bit of sparkle in their life, don’t they?!



I’ve noticed how big the pom pom woolly hat trend has been over the past few years so I thought to myself why not try to bring the pom poms to the formal hats too. I think they look pretty cool if you’re looking for something different especially for racing season! I’ll also be adding a few funky pom pom headbands in their too – perfect for festival season – I’m thinking EP 2017!




This year I have decided to create one on-going collection instead of dividing them into S/S and A/W – so expect lots of new pieces to be added to the collection online and stockists throughout the year.



I am also working on a small bridal collection – just to give brides a feel of what I can do. Creating a bridal piece is usually something the bride and myself would create together with their ideas and dress as the inspiration. It’s always nice to have some diverse, imaginative pieces to show them, to get the creative process flowing. I have also recently ventured into veils! But maybe that is enough of my ideas for now.

Got to get back to work.

Deb xx

PS – My little helper Lenny the Cavachon can be seen regularly in my studio giving a helping paw…he especially likes to make (okay play with) pom poms, curl (eat) feathers and pick (pull) fabrics out of boxes for me to choose from!








Interview with a Dublin Milliner – Part 2!

Interview with a Dublin Milliner Part 2 by Thomas Bartlett

What makes a good hat? I guess something that stands out from the crowd and is comfortable to wear. It doesn’t have to be HUGE to stand out from the crowd – it just has to be different I think and be confident while wearing it.

What is the difference between a hat worn at the races or at a wedding? I guess hats worn at weddings are somewhat more reserved – and for the races – you can go all out! You can get away with anything at the races – the crazier the better it seems!

Which comes first, the hat or the dress? For me the hat – You can work around the dress though, most bespoke orders that I make – the client brings the dress to me first and we work on an idea from there. A dress is a good starting point if you’re not a milliner!

What designers do you like, milliners you admire? I like Philip Treacy of course and there’s a UK milliner called Rachel Black whom I’m quite fond of too.

In Ireland where do we get our sense of fashion from? I guess in Ireland, a lot of people follow the trends – we’re similar to the UK – high street fashion is quite good and we have great choice. There’s a lot of very fashionable women and men in Ireland – when you go to certain parts of Europe – they’re not so fashionable at all!

For me personally – I don’t usually follow the crowd, I prefer to shop in smaller boutiques and vintage shops – if I see something I like I buy it! Doesn’t really matter what shop it’s from – That little bit different – the better. I also love irregular choice shoes/boots.






New Stockist Alert – The Dressing Room – Gorey!

DFM has made its way to Wexford! We are now stocked at the amazing – Dressing Room in Gorey!

Pop into Hazel and her team and she will be sure to sort you out with a fabulous outfit and hat for any type of formal event that you have coming up.

Below are a few snaps of some of the pieces that are available to purchase – along with some stunning dresses from The Dressing Room!

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Ladies Day Event Dates 2017!

Ladies Day Events 2017

Dates for your diaries ladies! It’s time to dust off your best hats and get your finest glad rags out – the following events are some of the top Ladies Day events at Race meetings all over Ireland for 2017!

12th Feb 2017

The Stan James Irish Gold Cup Day

18th April 2017

Fairyhouse Easter Festival

28th April 2017

Punchestown Festival

21st May 2017

Naas Racecourse

29th May 2017

Spring Ladies Day at Naas Racecourse

28th May 2017

The Curragh Guineas

4th June 2017

Listowel June Bank Holiday

8th June – 17th August

Bulmers Live @ Leopardstown – Dare to be Different Ladies Days

24th June 2017

Down royal Summer Festival

1st July 2017

The Curragh Irish Derby Festival

6th  July 2017

Bellewstown Summer Festival

15th July 2017

Curragh Oaks

20th July 2017

Killarney July Festival

3rd August 2017

Galway Summer Festival

19th August 2017

Tramore August Racing Festival

26th August 2017

Killarney August Festival

31st August 2017

Bellewstown August Festival

10th September 2017

Longines Irish Champions Weekend

16th September 2017

Listowel Harvest Festival