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From the Beginning to Now

Millinery fashion online blog made in Australia from Hands of Imagination


Hands of Imagination is artistic alchemy, you may have known HOI as El Cee’s designs which was founded in 2002 by Australian designer Leanne Carroll.

Leanne decided on this name change as her talent grew, for she knew her skills were much more than just millinery and fashion and she wanted to be able to present herself under a new name to mark the new beginning of her creative hub so she could showcase her vast talents and services to you.

First a little history 

From the humble beginning at glebe markets, to creating hundreds of personal bespoke millinery and accessories commissions for women across Australia, El Cee’s Designs invites the wearer into an enchanting world of colour that paints everyday as a special occasion.


millinery head wear sustainably made from hands of imagination


Using repurposed and vintage materials to create stunning niche millinery, every piece is lovingly hand crafted into flawless work of wearable art-each as unique as the wearer they adorn.

El Cee’s Designs was one of the first fashion labels to pioneer stepping away from the mainstream, inspiring the wearer to celebrate their uniqueness, free their inner flair and show their spirit.


mad hatter milliner from hands of imagination sustainable fashion


This spiritual approach added the depth of consciousness to the business and Leanne continued to create hundreds of elegant and unique pieces for women around the world who also believed in the freedom of self through wearable art. 

El Cee’s  Designs  was growing and from the humble years of the markets and private commissions a decision was made to open a shop, Leanne’s other talents were able to shine through and from millinery and vintage fashion emerged a world of sustainable home art, restored lead lights ,quirky works of art, amazing headwear, fashion shoots, vintage clothes including one off designed pieces, floristry and the rebranding of El Cee’s designs to Hands of Imagination.


byron bay floristry and millinery sustainably made from hands of imagination 


 Hands of Imagination is a creative hub, founded by  Australian designer Leanne Carroll in 2013.

Leanne has since relocated from Sydney and now works from her home studio in the Byron Bay Hinterland with her partner Raine, surrounded by beautiful rainforest and mountains for days they continue to create one of a kind bespoke millinery and botanical designs for all of those that feel the magic.

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