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?
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?)
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
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Lucy McKrickard with her glamorous mother Stella. Lucy and I first met at a business networking event and I soon found out that hats very are important to her family. Lucy told me that when she was younger Stella had taken her to have a bespoke Freddie … Continue reading Emily, Stella, Lucy – and Freddie
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
"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