‘Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.’ … Rumi
SHARI REID – Designer/Milliner
My love for the fashion arts, and hats in particular, grew from a life-long passion for beautiful textiles, along with a special intrigue of historic costume. From early headwear adornment to the latest in runway fashion, there’s no clothing item quite like a great hat to tell a person’s story and express their individuality.
My hat designs are modern, classic, enduring. Hand-made and finely-crafted with care, filled with originality and charm. Whether hats are a passion for you, or you’re entering ‘unfamiliar territory’, I’m here to help you find a hat that suits your needs and lifestyle. Your ideal hat should fit well, with ease and comfort in mind, with a silhouette and colour that brings out your best – a hat that soon becomes your favourite.
About me ~
I’ve designed and made my one-of-a-kind hats in my home studio for over 30 years. I have sold my work at various renowned art & craft shows in Western Canada: Signatures Shows Alberta, the Filberg Festival on Vancouver Island, Circle Craft Christmas Market, and Granville Island Market in Vancouver, BC since 1997.
As a child, visits with my do-it-yourself grandmothers were adventures in creativity. My favourite times were learning their needle-crafts and using the tools of sewing, mending, embellishments, knitting, and crochet. It followed that as a young creative type during the 60s and 70s, I tried my hand at many traditional textile techniques made popular during that time due to a renewed interest in Folk Arts. Formal fashion design training in the 80s helped hone my design and technical skills and introduced me to a variety of surface design applications.
Then, simply, one thing led to another. My love for fashion was fueled with practice and passion, and it seems I’ve made my life (and livelihood) using needles and threads, and the connections they make.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Training:University of the Fraser Valley – Fashion Arts Diploma/TextilesBritish Columbia Institute of Technology – Venture Program (business start-up)Vancouver Community College – Provincial Instructor Diploma Program (instructor of Textile Science and History of Costume)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
With gratitude, I live and work on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples: Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.