Product development in millinery

Supported by European Regional Development Funding (ERDF)

About the project

Sofia Romero Gutierrez is an AUB Costume and Performance Design graduate (2017). Her new business, Sofia Romero Millinery, designs and makes bespoke headwear with a focus on storytelling and sustainable awareness.

Sofia received access to our dye rooms and costume studio to test dye processes as well as prototyping support in our digital fabrication workshop. Sofia was later awarded an AUB-ERDF Innovation Voucher to help develop her first commercial range. The R&D grant helped procure materials and specialist equipment.

The new range will be launching between 2018-2019.


European Structural and Investment Funds

This project is supported through match-funding by the England European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. This fund was established by the European Union to help local areas stimulate their economic development. This investment will help to support innovation, businesses, skills and employment to improve local growth and create jobs. For more information visit