In 1983, the founder Helen Marie Kaminski handcrafted a raffia hat to protect her children from the searing Australian sun. Soon after, her distinctive design was coveted by the small country boutiques followed by fashion insiders.
Helen’s interest in working with the finest, natural and sustainably sourced materials led her to Madagascar, where the finest raffia in the world grows. Helen fostered local relationships and collaborated with partners to establish a dedicated handcraft workshop in Madagascar. In 1990, the collection grew to include the first Helen Kaminski raffia bag, the ‘Sac’, which is now called the Carillo, a design influenced by the traditional Papua New Guinea billum bag. A year later, Helen connected with hatmakers John Roxburgh and Kimber Darling forming Helen Kaminski Pty Ltd with six managing partners in 1993.
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