AUTHORS • ATHLETES • ARTISTS
WRITTEN BY TERRI MELLO
PHOTOGRAPH BY MEREDITH ANDREWS
Looking around at Bermuda’s naturally vibrant colours and patterns, creative duo and HAMEC founders Patricia Borland and Cary Butterfield couldn’t help but feel inspired. “The
florals, the palms, all the outdoor elements in Bermuda inspire us,” said
But there’s much more to the story of HAMEC than good friends de-
signing island-inspired luxury resort wear. You might say that fate brought
these two boarding-school friends back together after a chance reunion ten
years later. Borland herself admits she believes everything happens for a rea-
son, and she wonders if perhaps the only reason she went to that particular
boarding school as a teenager was to meet Cary Butterfield.
“It really is amazing,” Butterfield agreed. “Trish is Bermudian and
then I ended up marrying a Bermudian, and now we’re back here
together doing this. We never would have imagined it!”
The two were reunited through their (now) husbands, eventually
moved to Bermuda and started families. Despite the many years out of
touch, Patricia and Cary picked right up where they had left off, not
missing a beat. They even unexpectedly had babies within mere weeks
of each other—twice!
“We both have design backgrounds,” said Butterfield, “so we’re both
creative, and it just works. There’s really no head-butting despite us both
being the creative types. We work really well together.”
The close friends often dreamed about designing a line of clothing
together, but life happened and the project was put on hold during
pregnancies, general family life and the passing of Borland’s father. Still,
the pair said they continued to look to the idea of HAMEC as a much-
needed creative outlet in the midst of day-to-day life.
Finally, just in time for Cup Match last year, their passion came to
fruition with the launch of their first HAMEC collection.
HAMEC, by the way, is an acronym for the friends’ children’s names:
Hunter, Ava, Mia, Elle and Cruz. They joked that it would become
tricky if another baby ever comes along.
Borland describes HAMEC colours and patterns as “edgy foliage
and vibrant prints.” The pieces are versatile in their equal ability to
be worn comfortably to the beach or dressed up for a night out. The
silk/cotton blend gives the clothes the breathability of cotton and the
luxurious feel of silk.
In June, HAMEC will launch its much-anticipated second collec-
tion. This new collection includes 11 prints and styles with a more
tailored look. The pieces will be made entirely in the US. Styles include
a romper, jumpsuit, shorts, top and long dress.
While some fashion designers launch new collections several times a
“The pieces can be worn on any body type and look effortlessly chic,”
year, the HAMEC ladies said there was a good reason behind their more
relaxed pace. Borland said, “We really took our time. We don’t rush our
pieces because we are all about quality. We are very mindful of creating that
‘wow’ factor. Sometimes it takes a while to get it just right.”
She admits, “We’re not fashion designers. We just pick what we like,
what we would wear, and people seem to like it. It’s really exciting!” And it’s
true; the pair has an authentic knack for translating the beauty of Bermuda
into truly wearable yet luxurious, versatile fashion—for any woman.
Borland said. “Women can be really hard on themselves, and we want
to help them feel beautiful and confident. Love yourself. Be proud of
who you are. That’s the HAMEC motto.”
Currently HAMEC is available locally at FH Boutique, Hamilton Prin-
cess, and Regali, Tucker’s Point.
Old friends reunite and create a line
of Bermuda resort wear.
Patricia Borland (left)
and Cary Butterfield