Milliner Sharon has another feather in her cap

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

TWO years ago Sharon Galvin decided to make a hat for herself when she couldn’t find one to her taste for the Galway Races. Next Monday she will launch her first hat collection.

TWO years ago Sharon Galvin decided to make a hat for herself when she couldn’t find one to her taste for the Galway Races. Next Monday she will launch her first hat collection.

“I love it – I am really enjoying making them. Each hat is a whole different story. There is never one like the other,” explained Sharon who is originally from Rathbane and has been living in Dooradoyle for the past eight years.

Sharon began designing hats two years ago when her efforts to find a hat for the Galway Races failed miserably.

“I couldn’t find anything. I ended up going with something and it wasn’t what I wanted,” she explained.

After the races, Sharon made up her mind to make a hat for the following year’s racing fixture and so began her passion for millinery.

“I went and studied with a few milliners in Ireland and I took a few courses. I have been practising. It is all really about a lot of practice.”

And already Sharon’s story had come full-circle. Last year a number of ladies wore her hats to the Galway Races and one of them came runner-up in the best hat competition. “I’m hoping to make a good living out of it. I am tipping away at the moment. The launch night is to get my name out and to get myself known more,” continued Sharon who will launch her collection with a fashion show in Collins Bar, Dooradoyle at 8pm next Monday, February 25.

The collection, which includes between 30 and 35 hats, will feature a range of styles and embellishments including feathers, ostrich spines, pearls and jewels.

“They are all different – small, medium, and large. There would be classical ones and then there would be the more outrageous. It all varies and there are loads of different colours.”

Over the past two years, Sharon - who is married to James and has two children Adam, 12, and Abbeymay, 8 - has been making hats for friends and has been building a small business through word of mouth.

The hats, she explained, can take varying lengths of time to create, depending on the intricacy of the design.

Likewise, the cost is reflected in the amount of work and detail involved. “I try to budget to everybody’s needs,” she explained.

For further details log onto www.sharongalvinhatdesigner.com or contact Sharon on 085 7857960.