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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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) makes 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?)

Chelsea Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair -and getting into the Christmas spirit!

I am busy getting ready for the Chelsea Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair in November, which means that thoughts of Christmas are uppermost in my mind despite this beautiful sunny October day. The Fair is organised by Handmade Britain and is a Christmas shopping event that celebrates British designers and makers. The venue is the … Continue reading Chelsea Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair -and getting into the Christmas spirit!

How to Find the Perfect Hat for Your Face Shape – Part 6: All Square

My last post was about finding hats to suit oval faces. In this final post of the series we will look at the square shaped face. If you are not sure yet what your face shape is, start by reading my first post in this series: how to find out your own face shape. Long faces … Continue reading How to Find the Perfect Hat for Your Face Shape – Part 6: All Square

How to find the perfect hat for your face shape – Part 5: The Oval – is too much choice such a good thing?

My last post was about finding hats to suit round faces. Now let's talk about those of you who have an oval face. As always, if you don't know what your face shape is, start with my first post in this series: how to find out your own face shape. Oval faces are often seen as the … Continue reading How to find the perfect hat for your face shape – Part 5: The Oval – is too much choice such a good thing?