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About us

A new brand built on a legacy


From a backyard business

We emerged from a business that was forged from a passion for millinery. Waltraud Reiner launched Torb & Reiner in 2000, partly to support her students’ need for supplies, and partly to make available a greater range of contemporary millinery materials within the Australian industry. At that stage, millinery, and the materials available reflected a different era in hats and manufacture as a whole. Torb & Reiner was at the cutting edge of millinery in Melbourne and indeed the world. Fusing a love for new and interesting materials with the skill and knowledge from a bygone era has remained a focus ever since. Lindsay Whitehead took the helm in 2016 and Millinery Hub was born as an extension, forging ahead into a new future.

Tribal style showgirl headpiece
lindsay whitehead
There with a helping hand

Who we are

Millinery Hub provides top quality supplies to milliners and hobbyists alike. With the most extensive array of millinery materials and tools in Melbourne, you’re sure to find something to suit. 

Our knowledgable staff are all milliners so you can be sure you are dealing with a person who knows their stuff. We care about your success and strive to provide the support you need, not just push you out the door with the latest thing. Whether you’re an old hand or you have never made a hat, you can be confident we will look after you. We back our products and are always there for advice or just a second opinion.

Apart from millinery supplies, we offer training in person and digitally so you can learn the tricks of the trade.

Where to now?

We’re just getting started

Millinery Hub wishes to become just that: a hub where we can share or trade as a community of likeminded people. A hub for knowledge. A hub for materials. A hub for hats.

We provide a space where you can teach and learn with many rescources at your findertips. We want to expand this offereing as well as provide oportinities to sell your pieces and meet with other milliners and students all while maintaining the latest in materials and the great service we are known for.   

MAA Design Award winners2019

Our incredible team are here for you

If you contact or visit Millinery Hub you will most often talk to Lindsay. He runs the business and and most of the daily activities are carried out by him. If you want to know something he is always happy to give you some advice. However, millinery is such a varied and evolving form that no one knows everything there is to know. “If an answer goes beyond what I can help with, I have numerous people with a lot of experience to turn to for guidance” – Lindsay

Lindsay Whitehead

Lindsay Whitehead

Owner and Director
"Working all-in with our hands and mind is one of the most enjoyable and satisfying endevours we can undertake."
Morgana Creely

Morgana Creely

"Have hat, will travel"
Waltraud Reiner

Waltraud Reiner

"Hats are the Art of the heArt"