Reny Kestel launched her millinery label in 2010, launched her own boutique Hat Box Gallery in September 2013 and continues to create innovative and exquisite headpieces that forge new design boundaries.
Reny introduces a new edge to contemporary hat wearing, combining traditional millinery techniques with innovative designs to create couture pieces that are architectural, focusing on sculptural shape and line elements. Each piece is meticulously crafted by hand in her Perth studio, from trackside showstoppers at the races to subtle headpieces for brides.
Since its inception, the label has been involved each year in collaborations with designers at Perth Fashion Festival, Sydney Fashion Week and New York Fashion week. In Sydney with Aurelio Costarella SS13/14 - RETROSPECT, saw the gallery-like installation showcase models adorned with beaded sequin embellished headpieces and cage-like masks adding a dramatic touch.
In 2012 Reny collaborated with Perth Fashion Festival to produce unique lace halo headbands and masks which were the showstoppers of the closing parade for the VIP night – ‘Giving Back is the New Black’.
A highlight achievement in 2012/13 was being asked by Magic Millions to be the Western Australian Milliner representative for young faces of racing. Reny travelled to the Gold Coast to meet and style headwear for Zara Phillips and meet the other interstate representatives for young faces of racing.
Reny Kestel Millinery has been featured extensively in editorials, including Vogue Italia, Marie Claire, Bride to Be Magazine, Shop til you Drop, Scoop, Victorian Racing Club Magazine and many newspaper stories in the West Australian, Sunday Times & STM, The Australian, Herald Sun and The Adelaide Magazine.
Reny combines her taste for the avant-garde and eye for detail, to produce head pieces that are both exquisite and wearable. Taking inspiration from sources such as modern art, local artisans, architecture, birds and animal textures., Reny modernises millinery with a fresh approach to how we dress the head today.