It’s been a little quiet for the last couple of months. A broken wrist that required surgery put me out of action and I have had to hold back from taking any orders for a while. I’ve enjoyed myself with some gentle hat repair and restoration (something of a love of mine – see blog … Continue reading Three Reasons Why it’s Good to be Back
Not long ago I was told about someone who is passionate about two things - coffee and hats. Heather Barrie is the powerhouse behind Harrie's Coffee. She is so well known for her hat wearing that it even features in her logo. To quote her website, "Without a hat it's not Harries Coffee". So of course … Continue reading A Hat for Heather
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!
I always look forward to our photoshoots and this one was no exception. We had the dream team on board again - Katariina Jarvinen of Light Trick Photography and Sean Chapman - make up artist extraordinaire. Our model this season is Niki Smith. Niki is a teaching assistant at the Dharma Primary School in … Continue reading Autumn winter photoshoot
Last week I turned commuter for the first time in many years, travelling up to London every day for the second week of my internship with Lock and Co. The design prize I won in March included not only the production and sale of my hat design, but also a four week internship. Lock have been … Continue reading A Week at Lock and Co of St James’s
I had a fantastic day last week with photographer Katariina Jarvinen and my friend Sara Cutting, shooting my first Autumn/Winter collection. Katariina is the friendly face and talented photographer behind Lighttrick Photography. Many of you will know of Sara from her fantastic 365 Daily Different Headgear Challenge, which has so far raised over £15,000 for … Continue reading Autumn/Winter photo shoot 2015
"Prospect" my winning design for Lock & Co is now available to buy in their St James's Street shop and online here. The design combines a modern easy to wear shape with an acknowledgement of the heritage of Lock and its illustrious neighbours in St James's Street - hand punched brogue detailing on the dark brown suede hat band … Continue reading Award winning design now on sale
Recently I was fortunate enough to win the first ever hat design competition held by Royal Warrant holders Lock & Co. My design will be sold as part of their ready to wear women's casual range for autumn/winter 2015/16. A percentage of the sale proceeds will go to the charity Brain Tumour Research. Photos show … Continue reading Lock & Co Design Award