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Rain Hats From kathleen McAuliffe

Wax Cotton Rainhats

With over 25 years of hat making most of it in the west of Ireland which has to be the perfect place to develop rain hats! Our hats are all hand made in our workshop in Castlegregory in County Kerry. Quality is very important to us we only use the best heavyweight dry wax cotton. Most of our styles hats are interlined giving more body and shape than the average hat you will come across. The stock lining is adjustable light cotton. So one size fits all. For colder weather use polar fleece which gives a very warm and comfortable fit.

This style below is the Jess with Irish tweed. Availble is Navy, Black or Green tweed as in the image below. Click on the link to see our online store

Hats from Kathleen McAuliffe

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Kathleen Mc Auliffe

The hat Magazine

The Hat Magazine" March 2014.

Very nice full page on us in the trade magazine "The Hat". As part of a round up of all things to do with hats in Ireland. I have copied the text below.


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Kathleen Mc Auliffe has built up a comprehensive hat business over the past 25 years that includes, retail wholesale and bespoke,and it well respected throughout Ireland as a designer,and maker on many levels.

"the Fact that my great aunt ,Ms Gertrude Legg, had been a milliner to the Queen,I'm sure helped to gain me the junior Sales position at The Hat Shop in Neal Street in1984- where i spent the next five years learning how to serve many type sof "hat" customers, whilst being offered the opportunity to attend a half-day millinery class at the London College of Fashion under Mme Marie O'Regan.

My next move was to art school, to Camberwell School of Art in London, to take a degree in Fine Art Painitng, but hats must be in my genes and I managed to pay my way through the course by making soft hats and selling them from my sunday market stall in Greenwich market. Following my degree I worked in "Browns" South Molten street as their "in House milliner' also setting up a second stall in Wimbledon market.

As business grew i began to order blocked shapes from Luton and trim them myself.

The move to Ireland was not exactly planned , although my father was Irish and I'd always had a longing to move here. It was during a summer holiday in 1993, windsurfing in Dingle, that i met Niall Mellon my husband and we decided to stay. The sewing machine, blocks and all my equipment moved to Ireland  where we looked for somewhere to work. Initially someone gave me an old ruined house that became known locally as "the Hat Factory". News travels fast in Ireland and before long i had ladies, looking for a wedding hat as the wind howled through the broken windows. Irish women are very stylish and love dressing up and hats are a real must for weddings and the races. Women here look fantastic and very "finshed'.

As business increased Niall became very skilled at cutting and blocking, and so we made a collection and took a stand at showcase Ireland. It was a great sucess and orders we received from across Europe. we continued to show each january for eight years until we decided to test the waters and branch into retail.

The shop was opened twelve years ago in Dingle, a small town withan artistic and craft based population, and a great center for music. In the summer it is packed with many international vistors, many from Amercia,and in the winter only the local inhabitants tread the streets and business is extremely slow. When money was flowing in Ireland we stocked our own designs plus other high design labels such as Philip Treacy and Helen Kaminski. When times changed we offered more affordable designs such as Grevi from Florence,together with jewllery and a range of accessiores that included products from Orla Kiely, a much sought after Irish designer. The Kathleen Mc Auliffe customer could find soft hats in linen tweed and waxed velvet,blocked felts for daywear and smart elegant hats and headpieces for speacial occasions including individual designs and a price range from €30 to €350 there is something for everyone. In recent years we have shown at the craft fair in Dublin where we have regular customers who buy two or three hats each. After all these years we still love creating, and stillenjoy the trill of making,either large wholesale orders or a one off piece for that speacial occasion.

Hats have been a real journey for me!


Orla kiely Summer 14

Feb  2014

The new summer 14 season designs are starting to come into store Kathleen McAuliffes now. The much loved "Ect' range of laminated canvas for the new season are all in. We havet he Midi, Shoulder, Handbag, baby bag, and the great travel bag styles with matching "long zip wallets.  Looking for the classic Orla Kiely print ? then go for the Mutli Linear steam print as the image on the far right. My bag for the season is a`wildflower print in poppy as the right had image. Last but not least the Linear stem print is very popular



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Just in this week Optical Flower Small Jeanie Bag. Love !.   Leather bags and clothes to follow soon


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