Bloodstock.com.au caught up with the creative Jacinda Webster, eldest daughter of Mark Webster, Managing Director of Inglis to talk about her millinery business. Jacinda grew up on a stud farm in Appin and has always had a love for horses and racing. Jacinda has taken that love to a whole new level and started JacindaAnne Millinery.
Jacinda is offering only one lucky reader $100 off their next JacindaAnne Millinery hat. All you need to do is like JacindaAnne Millinery on Facebook and inbox say I'm a lucky reader and what type of hat they would like. This will be drawn on 26 October 2012.
How did you get into the millinery industry? I started in year 12 at school when I chose to make hats as my major artwork project. I've grown up with horses and have always loved going to the races with my family, so it was a natural step for me to get involved in racing fashion.
Who is your mentor? Phillip Tracey is one of the world’s best known milliners, and has been my mentor since I studied his works at school. I love the way he makes unique hats, I try to show similar creativity and uniqueness with my designs.
Are you going to be making men and children hats? I make hats for little girls as I have a younger sister who wears my hats to the races all the time. I will be making hats for the men in the future, it would be great if more men wore hats to the races.
What’s your favourite style? I love big and crazy hats and love to stand out in a crowd. A wow factor is important for all my hats. They must all be unique, elegant and beautiful.
Where can we see your range of hats? My hats are on Facebook and if you don't have Facebook it’s by email but there is a website on its way. Just search for JacindaAnne Millinery.
Do you custom make? I sure do if someone has a dress they want to match they just need to send me a photo, or let me know what style and colours they prefer.
Are you just focused on the racing industry? Aside from thoroughbred racing I've also been making hats for ladies attending the trots, and will be the fashion ambassador for the Inter-Dominion to be held at Menangle Park Paceway next year. I also design headpieces for weddings, and have made several costume hats for charity events. I'm happy to make hats for every occasion.
How long can it take you to make a hat? As all of my hats are unique and delicate, it can take a few weeks to design and make a hat, which may involve sourcing unique fabric and materials. I can produce a hat in a few days for clients who know what they want and are in need of urgent assistance!
Are they all designed and made by you? Yes as I am a perfectionist and have to do it myself.
Who would you like to see wear your hats? Anyone and everyone who loves going to the races and who wants to feel special and beautiful. Hats make racing so much more exciting.
If you weren't a milliner, what would you be doing? I would be more involved in event management which is something else I really love, such as organising weddings and marketing social events.