Back in 1983, little did Helen Marie Kaminski know that handcrafting raffia hats – to protect her children from the fierce Australian sun – would spark a business. Soon, her distinctive design was coveted by independent boutiques and barely a year after creating her first piece, Vogue featured her ‘Classic 5 style’. Popularity has since spread through the film world to retailers, stylists and celebrities such as Olivia Palermo.
Helen Kaminski sources only the finest raw materials from across the globe; From the highest quality tactile raffia, genuine Ecuadorian toquilla, pure linen and fine silk in summer, to luxurious Mongolian cashmere, soft and supple leather and plush European felt in winter.
Close collaboration with highly skilled craftsmen and women see innovative designs realised in three-dimensional form, with the utmost respect for the craft and a commitment to preserving the cultural heritage it represents.
Raffia, the durable fibre from the raffia palm, forms the cornerstone of the brand. Sustainably sourced and harvested in its native Madagascar, the fibres are hand-picked, then with months of training in artisanal technique, are uniquely weaved, plaited or braided by hand to create Helen Kaminski’s Signature Raffia Collections; It takes five days to hand plait a 120-metre coil for a fine raffia braid hat and three days to weave a raffia crochet hat.
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Helen Kaminski has been awarded the Butterfly Mark for their measurable impact and company-wide commitments to sustainability.
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