Joan Heeney-Kealy is a Multi-Award Winning Milliner with a studio near Mullingar, in the midlands of Ireland. Joan designs and makes glamorous hats and headpieces for ladies days, wedding guests, brides, mother-of-the-bride and other special occasions under the label JHK Millinery. Joan’s unique creations are hand-crafted using age old millinery techniques using the highest quality materials to create beautiful truly-original headpieces, with impeccable attention to detail and finish.
Joan offers a bespoke service, creating tailor-made hats and headpieces for ladies days, weddings and brides that compliment, enhance and complete the outfit, become the occasion and make the client look and feel good. Joan has a flair for matching and contrasting textures, colours, shapes and designs to create a truly original piece. Joan dyes materials where necessary to match the outfit.
Joan also offers a ready-to-wear collection of beautiful hats, headpieces and bridal headwear which are in stock and ready to be shipped all over the world.
Joan’s bespoke and ready-to-wear designs are regularly paraded around the most prestigious ladies days in Ireland and across the world including Royal Ascot, Cheltenham, Kentucky Derby, Melbourne Cup and Ireland’s Dublin Horse Show and Galway Races. Her hats have won top prizes in a number of best dressed lady/best hat competitions including Tullamore Show and the following racecourses: Leopardstown, Tramore, Navan, Bellewstown, Ballinrobe, Tipperary and Dundalk.
JHK Millinery has attracted local and international press coverage. Joan’s hats have featured on RTE Nationwide – a leading show on Ireland’s top TV channel. Joan’s hats have also featured on the UK Daily Mail, Irish Daily Mail, VIP Magazine, RSVP Magazine, The Irish Sun, Irish Times, Irish Independent, Irish Daily Mirror, Irish Examiner, and Irish Independent together with leading fashion and entertainment websites and blogs including evoke.ie and entertainment.ie.
Joan sells a range of complimentary bridal accessories that she has sourced from around the globe including tiaras, veils, hairpins, jewellery, umbrellas, gloves and bags. The white/ivory pearl clutches, pagoda umbrellas and satin gloves in the bridal accessories range are also very popular for ladies days and weddings; the best-dressed lady at the Galway Races 2015 wore this style pearl clutch.