Handling thread and needle from the tender age of 8, the Montreal based designer Samantha-Tara Mainville, always had a penchant for sewing. From her Lasalle College days, specializing in fashion design, she discovers a true passion for hat making. She then goes on to pursue training in the art of millinery, leading to a course in pattern making from which ensues an internship with a renowned Montreal based milliner (who, among other designs, created the famous hat worn by Johnny Depp in The Secret Window).
With this experience to back her up, Samantha decides to launch her first hat collection, The Gray Matter. After 2 years of trial and error, unaccountable amounts of coffee drunk (or spilt on fabric), 156 sleepless nights, Heirloom sees the light of day in September, 2015.