Never one to follow the status quo, Crystal decided to skip the conventional fashion design route and go straight to the top (hat).
Now a maverick milliner, whose irreverent designs of classic hats have become beloved adornments on the heads of South Africa’s fashion conscious, Crystal Birch studied fashion design at Elizabeth Galloway Academy of Fashion in Stellenbosch. She spent time in London honing her skills under the guidance of Noel Stewart and Piers Atkinson, arguably two of Europe’s finest talents in the art of hat-making. 
From selling at a stand at the Old Biscuit Mill market to now taking over a 84-year-old manufacturing company, Parisian Milliners, the young milliner creates hats that have a life of their own. Each style is unique, personal and holds its own character!