Marie Galvin Fine Millinery


About us


Marie Galvin is an Award winning Irish Milliner based in Boston.   Over  17 years ago, with limited access to schools offering millinery courses in the States, Galvin resorted to teaching herself the Art of Millinery and set out to become a milliner.   She began daily intensive studies with the aid of old edition Millinery instructional books and by deconstructing vintage hats.   “I felt that if I learned the old techniques of Millinery, the rest would follow”.   With that, Galvin finally found her true calling! 

Five months later in October 1998, Galvin exhibited her first Collection of Couture Hats during Fort Point Channels Annual Open Studios.   It was a great success and Galvin sold most of her first Collection to some very excited customers.   In the Fall of 1999, Galvin had produced and completed her first fashion show, “Something Wicked this way comes”.    It was a huge success and the orders were piling in.   May 2001 following in the steps of Martha Stewart, Marie was invited to be a Guest Speaker and exhibit hats at The Cincinnati Flower Show.   That same month Galvin was invited to co-produce and exhibit at Boston’s leading cutting edge Gallery, Gallery Soto.   Titled “Reversed, An Artistic View of Fashion”.   In August 2001, she won 1st runner up in the Hat Designer of the Year competition held in London.   That Fall marked the debut of Galvin’s first of many Trunk Shows at Henri Bendels in New York City.   October 30th, Genart showcased her collection preat Fresh Faces in Fashion.  Four accessory and eight clothing designers are picked each year out of hundreds of entries to exhibit their designs at the annual event.   The September 2001 issue of Irish America Magazine featured Galvin as the cover story. October 2001 her hats were featured during a Fall Fashion Segment with Diane Sawyer on the Good Morning America show.    In February 2002, Patti Wilson, New York’s leading fashion stylist, invited Galvin to have her hats top off the Fall 2002 Heatherettes Collection during New York’s world famous Fashion Week.   In May 2002, The British Hat Magazine invited Galvin along with 5 other international hat designers to create an alternative version of the panama straw hat.    Galvin’s Avant Guarde design won 1st Place in the panama Challenge.   WCVB's evening show Chronicle, featured GALVIN–ized  Headwear on a "Fashion in Boston" segment.   With a flare for drama, Galvin brings new twists, turns and techniques to the world of millinery.

Seventeen years later, she continues honing her craft as a Milliner in her fully operational workshop and showroom in Boston's South End.   Galvin is fast earning a reputation for her collection of eclectically styled hats and headpieces.  Over the past 17 years, she has enjoyed great exposure from both the international and domestic press.  
GALVIN–sized Hats have been seen on celebrities such as Cher, Alicia Keys, Vivica A Fox, Claire Daines, Taye Diggs to name a few.

"My mission is to create unique handcrafted headwear, providing multiple expressions for the women who wear them", says Galvin.  The Collections are original and hand constructed, employing the use of wool, felts, opulent fabrics and exotic feather trims.  

“It’s about making a statement with one dramatic piece," said Galvin, "Top off a unique outfit with an eye catching headpiece and voilà!"