Category Archives: Millinery Services

Hat Restoration Services

If you have spent a pretty penny on your hat and now find yourself in need of  a professional Milliners’ block and knack, then JKM will give you that!

At JK Millinery we create our hats from concept through to production and retail. Often we service our clients with our specialized sizing and reshaping techniques, offering our clients the personal service the head so readily deserves.  We realize that although there are hundreds of hat retailers there is a great lack for proper fitment and restoration of our most favorite hats and head wear.

Many of our clients also travel internationally with their hats and as we know some  hats can become easily damaged and bruised. Since we at JKM create hats from scratch, we know exactly how to breath the life back into your old favorite hats and head wear…so give us a chance to prove it! Gentleman and Ladies your Panamas deserve a wash and a press and block to take them back to their  higher former days of flare and fancy. Dented and dirty head wear is not necessary, nor is buying a new hat when you have several in the back of the closet that simply need some TLC!

JKM  offers:

1. professional head sizing service…allowing for the perfect fit and comfort.

2. re-blocking of your crown

3. re-blocking of your brim

4.removal of dents and hat trauma

5. fixing, mending , restoration

For more than 15 years I have offered this service to the South African  Film industry. I have taken flattened pancake hats and brought them back to their vintage glory. Re-blocking and re-shaping, cleaning and restoration has been one of the main teaching avenues of my career. I learnt the most about hats by simply looking at how the slow crafters of the past had created them. I was fortunate to have been given this responsibility once again for The Long Walk To Freedom, Nelson Mandela Story. I fixed and re blocked hundreds of hats for that project. I really do do the blocking work myself as it makes no sense to stand and give instruction to another….. you have to feel the style of the hat and each one has a personality…that is not something that you can easily teach to another.

Bespoke Millinery Service

Local clients in need of special head wear not found ready made to purchase on my website are requested to contact me privately and set up an appointment. Many of my clients are from outside of Cape Town and I have managed to satisfy their needs with a communication of images, emails and trusted phone conferences in which we are all confirmed to be on the same page. Below I will outline the general procedure I like to follow when accepting a clients order.


How To Make Contact and Place an Order

1. Please make contact with JKM via email and state your head wear design needs. Please give us as much information as possible so that we can send you a complete quote.

We need to know;

1. who is the hat for

2. do you have a preference or image description of what you are looking for.

3. do you have a budget

4. when is the function date/ due date

5. are there any design-size-fabric-color restrictions to the event where the hat will be worn

6. Is it a day or night affair

7. Color and style of dress

8. Color and style of shoes and bag & Jewels

9. Height of their partner

10. will you be active or passive ( important for costume hats and dancers especially)

11. Will you be changing your hairstyle or hair color before the day of the event ( are you planning on getting extensions? )


What You Need To Send

1. One Portrait picture of yourself….I need to determine your hairstyle, hair color, facial structure, skin tone

2. full body shot- preferably wearing the dress or costume for the event ( If not possible then please send a sketch or picture of the dress with a sample of fabric for match purposes and a separate picture of you in another dress for body balance purposes.)

3. Picture of shoes and handbag and jewels

4. Any logos or  invitation imaging


**Please take the above as a guideline, as to what I will need from you. I am use to working with Film Directors and Interpreting their vision. I appreciate seeing your images and ideas and will offer advice and suggestion if you need some guidance. If  guidance is everything you need and more, then please don’t panic, finding your perfect style or hat should be a fun experience that we will enjoy together.

Once I have a clear understanding of your needs you will be sent a JK Millinery Quote. On email written acceptance of your quote you will be requested to make a % deposit against your order. Your deposit will be taken as a confirmation of your commitment to the order and the order will be placed in our working schedule for production. The time to create and complete your order will be written on your quote. Times may vary depending on the time of year and the number of orders in production.

On average I appreciate working 6 weeks to 2 months ahead of time and I do not work too far ahead of time unless the client is prepared to receive the hats when complete. My studio just does not function for the storage of hats.

Certain circumstances do often make a 6 week lead time impossible. Stylists will know we are usually given a couple of days if lucky to create for commercials and other last minute events. I am always open to your communications to check my availability, however if you do have the advantage of time to plan then please do. Unfortunately, funerals also leave little time to plan, so please call to check my availability. My loyal clients will know that i will move heaven and earth not to let you down.


Hats are generally light in weight and therefore the mass of the hat becomes the greater factor when posting locally and Internationally. Often my National clients arrange their own courier to collect the hat for a speedy overnight service.The postage cost will be quoted by JKM according to the original design ideas. Should the client wish to increase the size and trims of the hat, this may influence the cost of the packaging and posting.

Your Hat will be packaged and posted in a JKM  hat box with tissue paper, covered with brown paper for protection. Once your order has been placed I will send you the best posting options to your  country of destination. If you have your own courier or a friend can deliver for you, then please advise when placing your order.




Cape Town Hat Shops

We are a little Bespoke Millinery and Hat Making Business. Our Hat Shops are situated at the Watershed, V&A Waterfront and in the De Waterkant, Cape Town, South Africa.

The Hat Studio, in the trendy De Waterkant, offers its clients, an individual and personal experience at expressing their crowns. At JKM we create short Hat Ranges, not Seasonal Collections. Our ranges last until they are sold out. We are constantly changing our fabrics and patterns to offer a fresh range to our clients every few weeks.

Please feel free to pop by and compare the styling and fabrics offered at JKM.

Authentically African with a cosmopolitan twist flared through its creators. Unlike shoes we have not really explored the various styles and shapes that the head wear world affords. At JKM you will be treated to a delicious variety of hats and head wear for both men, women and children.

Customers having discovered JKM at the Watershed are excited to have a unique and Quirky Milliner on their doorstep. We pride ourselves on our quality and our commitment to returning to natural materials and local fabrics and trims wherever possible. We know that not every hat has been made for every head! Hats and heads are as varied in expression and style as those who wear them.

If your individuality is something which you wish to express then this is your hat home! If your attention to detail and balance is aligned to ours then you have found your hat hub! The JKM Watershed offers you all of our creations to view and fit. Often you will find even more than what we have seen online as the Head Milliner Jacqueline Kolbe is constantly sourcing new fabrics and creating new patterns.

‘My need to create forces me to try new fabrics and patterns on a weekly basis. Having the mobility and ability to move from one style to another has kept me hooked and invigorated in the craft of Millinery! Feel free to challenge me, no head is too big, or too small to be crowned and adorned!’ – Jacqueline Kolbe

JK Millinery is proud to be associated and affiliated in practice with the growing

Slow Fashion Movement! 

The Slow Fashion Movement is based on the same principles of the Slow Food Movement, as the alternative to mass-produced clothing. The Slow Clothing Movement was intended to reject all mass-produced clothing, referring only to clothing made by hand, but has broadened to include many interpretations and is practiced in various ways. Some examples of slow fashion practices include:

  • Opposing and boycotting mass-produced fashion (AKA “Fast-Fashion” or “McFashion”).

  • Choosing artisan products to support smaller businesses, fair trade and locally-made clothes.

  • Buying secondhand or vintage clothing and donating unwanted garments.

  • Choosing clothing made with sustainable, ethically-made or recycled fabrics.

  • Choosing quality garments that will last longer, transcend trends (a “classic” style), and be repairable.

  • Doing it yourself – making, mending, customizing, altering, and up-cycling your own clothing.

  • Slowing the rate of fashion consumption: buying fewer clothes less often.

Slow Fashion is “quality over quantity”. This phrase is used to summarize the basic principles of slowing down the rate of clothing consumption by choosing garments that last longer.

Collections Women’s Ranges: Top Hats:. Fascinators Cocktail Hats Sinamay Hats Sun Hats Bandanna Unisex

Men’s Ranges: Top Hats 5 Panel Cap JKM Golfer ( Flat Cap Style ) Pork Pie Fedora Theatrical and Costume Hats & Headdresses

Men’s Range – Sizes Medium to Extra Large

Men’s Fashion

Hats and Caps

Men's Fashion Hats and Caps

JK Millinery creating hats and Caps for both Men and Women. We create for special occasions as well as everyday wear. At our hats shops we are known and respected for catering to the needs of those with special needs. Our masculine collection of hats and caps range from medium to extra large.