About

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Banks & Bell for Fenella Peacock, Deco Baby headpiece
Launched in April 2012 the creation of Banks & Bell has been a long held dream of millinery designer Lucy Carter.

Lucy creates beautiful hand made hats and headpieces using a mixture of vintage and new materials. “Creating a piece is a very organic process. Often it starts with a basic shape, a coloured bead or thread and then grows as it comes together.”

In early 2012 Lucy worked with designer Fenella Peacock to create a collection of one off beaded headpieces to be worn with her A/W 2012 and S/S 2013 collections.

“In our consumerist society I want my pieces to last and be cherished. I would like to think that in 20 years time, a mother will pass a Banks & Bell piece on to her daughter. To experience the joy of something beautiful adorning her head.”

Designer Background

Lucy wearing 'My precious lady hat'
Millinery designer Lucy Carter is the Fashion Editor of local online magazine, The Starfish  and is the woman behind fashion blog, The Hat Affair. She has a Diploma in Fashion Design from the West Australian Institute of Fashion and Textiles (WAIFT) and a Bachelor of Marketing and Public Relations from Notre Dame.

In April 2012 Lucy was the guest blogger for website, We Love Perth. Under the title, Vintage Hat Affair she shared with Perth her love of vintage hats. 

Lucy is currently working on a collection of hats for A/W 2013/2014. So stay tuned...