Matt Bale is missing

POLICE have issued a missing person’s report for well-known Fremantle milliner and businessman Matt Bale (pictured).

The manager of the MANY business incubator in the old Myer building and co-owner of its Kate and Abel cafe, hat and ephemera pop-up shop, was last seen near Georgie Bay on Rottnest Island just before dusk on March 21.

Police spokesperson Susan Usher told the Herald Mr Bale had a return ticket but the ferry company was unable to check if he had used it.

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Ms Usher said friends and family he’d normally be expected to contact since then had not heard from him, and police enquiries hadn’t turned up any clues.

“We need to know if we need to expand the search on Rottnest,” she said.

Mr Bale and his wife, Kate Hulett, started the St. Saviours hat brand as a weekend hobby in 2009 back in the UK. They sold them at London markets and festivals, and within a year had been picked up by hip fashion outlet Topshop for its flagship store on Oxford Circus. The hats were also carried by Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge and Anthropologie on Regent Street.

Mr Bale is about 185cm with a full beard and distinctive tattoos, including a kookaburra on his lower right arm, an abstract pattern on his upper right arm and a star on his lower back. He usually sports a hoop earring in each ear.

He was last seen wearing a yellow Hawaiian shirt, black and white shorts and black thongs.


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