MILLINER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR, 46 Fiona lives with her husband, Max, 46, and their three boys in Orange, NSW. What do love about living in the country? I love the landscape, the four distinct seasons, the space, pace and sense of community. How would you describe your style? Classic, casual, elegant, timeless and functional. What are your wardrobe essentials? Slim-leg dark jeans, white cotton or linen shirts, tees, dresses and smocks, lightweight woollen scarves and cardigans, and a well-cut blazer. What do you always pack when travelling? A hat — our Italian Market Day, Urban Luxe and Garden Glory have big brims, and in winter it’s our Pom Pom cap. Plus a mid-weight scarf, a notebook and a pencil. Any favourite clothing labels? Country Road has been a lifelong stop-off for wardrobe staples. Last summer I added a great dress and top to my selection from Mahhon, and I love the frayed details on Vale Denim. Your favourite accessories? I worked for Dinosaur Designs — I love their jewellery. What are your hair and beauty essentials? I use a moisturiser with an SPF and Thalgo sun powder for my face. I like Urban Rituelle vanilla organic hand cream and L’occitane shea butter for my lips. I sleep with a lavender eye pillow to block out all the periphery light. What do you never leave home without? SPF on my face and hands, and my phone. Who and what are your style influences? Good quality natural fabrics, neutral colours, quality design and functionality. Menswear tailoring is heavenly and I love Katherine Hepburn’s independence and confidence. What are you reading/listening to? I like My Open Kitchen and Conversations podcasts. There are always novels by Isabelle Allende or Tim Winton and recipe books next to the bed. What inspires you? Everyday surroundings, regional or urban, for colour, texture and tone. I enjoy other people’s stories; we all have one and by sharing them we get to grow a little. What’s the best style advice you’ve received? Always be the best version of you that you can be, and style always wins over fashion. How do you balance work and life? I write to-do lists constantly, and I talk honestly with friends and colleagues about the good and bad. It’s a constant work in progress. Follow @fiona_schofield_ millinery on Instagram.
CLOCKWISE, FROM LEFT Hats lined up in Fiona’s workshop; labels and materials; Fiona is a traditionally trained milliner.