What are couture millinery techniques and why do they matter?

On my website I emphasise the fact that all my hats are handmade using traditional couture millinery techniques. But what does that actually mean - and why should you care? Given that this coming week is London Craft Week I thought it would be the perfect time to tell you a little more about this. … Continue reading What are couture millinery techniques and why do they matter?

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Who made your Panama?

I have been very busy recently fulfilling custom Panama orders. This is no onerous task, as the Panama is one of my favourite hats. If you have ever owned a genuine Panama you will understand what a beautiful piece of artisanal craft you have in your hands (or on your head for that matter). Many … Continue reading Who made your Panama?

Why I choose to work with older models (or is age nothing to do with it?)

Any cursory glance through the images of my collections will make it quite clear that I like to use "real" women to model my work. Although to be honest I am not sure what other sort there is - Hadley Freeman (as always)┬ámakes the point far better than I can. To me it equates to: … Continue reading Why I choose to work with older models (or is age nothing to do with it?)