Millinery Malarkey is a run by Alison Cooper, based in East London. Alison took up millinery whilst working as an NHS nurse and developed her skills through a broad variety of courses over the past 6 years. She has studied millinery at the London College of Fashion, Central St. Martins and Morley College, London as well as learning from a wide range of fellow milliners on short workshops. Alison experiments with techniques from other crafts, such as needle felting, to make Millinery Malarkey hats as unique as possible.
Taking inspiration from nature, art and vintage hats she is continuing to evolve ideas and techniques to create bold and beautiful shapes. Upcycling is a key component of the Millinery Malarkey ethos, so beautiful hats are created from vintage felt and straw hats which have seen better days wherever possible and other vintage materials are sometimes used for trims.