Justin Smith graduated from the Royal College of Art, with an MA in Millinery after studying the discipline for 6 years. He started the J Smith Esquire brand in 2007 and since then has created seventeen hat collections, most recently “Gold” in summer 2017.
Justin has been involved with London, Paris and Milan Fashion weeks, and emerging fashion weeks such as Jakarta and Rome Couture. His collaborations with leading designers include Stella McCartney, Moschino, Manish Aurora and Aganovich. His millinery for motion pictures can be seen in Star Wars The Last Jedi, The Man From Uncle, Pan, By The Sea and the iconic leather headdress for Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent.
Known as the artist of the millinery world, Justin has received the British Council's Young Fashion Entrepreneur award 2010, the Generali Future Award at ITS in 2016. His work can regularly be seen in the style press and on display in galleries from the FIT in New York to the V&A in London.
Justin passionately upholds the traditions of millinery, whilst redefining classic headwear, challenging conventions and technique alike.