Erin Brooks grew up in Portland, OR, spent 4 sunny years in Southern California, was blessed with an opportunity to spend some time living in Spain, and now makes her home with her husband Ben, their baby girl Sloane, and their two cats Mojito and Gimlet, in Seattle, Washington. Through a classical dance background spanning her first 20 years, she fell in love with fashion, beauty, and unique ways to accessorize. She loves spending her time dreaming up new designs, taking way too many photos of her sweet little girl, learning and perfecting new millinery techniques, seeking out the perfect fabrics and notions for her pieces, laughing with her family, and letting all of the beauty in her life inspire her, both personally and professionally.
Serephine began in June, 2010, after Erin searched high and low for a headpiece that was elegant, not too over-done, and that had a superior level of craftsmanship, for her own wedding. She created her first line of pieces and received immediate attention and press. Since then, she has continued to create and design using fine fabrics, premium feathers, beautiful embellishments, sparkling Swarovski rhinestones, French and Russian veiling, rich hand-painted silks, and hand-sewn beads. She presses her own petals in a traditional millinery style and is completely self-taught: continuing to learn new skills and working with new materials. She never uses pre-formed elements such as pre-made fabric flowers, and instead, every single accessory is meticulously handcrafted, layer by layer and petal by petal, out of loose materials, in a free-form style, ensuring they are each unique and completely gorgeous, just like her brides.
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