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?
I love experimenting. Not all the hats I make end up with a client; some are made to test a new material or a new technique - and some are made for pleasure. This first piece was made a while ago - I have always loved fibre optics (must be my seventies childhood). The photo … Continue reading Weird and Wonderful
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
I have just had a wonderful time making a hat for Jenny Mark-Bell (editor of Sussex Life Magazine) to wear to Goodwood Revival. Some of you may well be familiar with this flagship event held on the Goodwood Estate - Goodwood themselves describe it thus: "The romance and glamour of motor racing as it … Continue reading A Hat for Goodwood Revival
I seem to be making a lot of men’s hats at the moment. Often as a gift from a partner or friend when I think about it. So perhaps the answer to “what do you give to the man who has everything?” is “a made to measure hat”. I’ve recently made two bespoke Panamas with customised … Continue reading Men’s hats – and why we love them
A well made hat is something designed to last and if you look after it carefully (and perhaps revive it with a retrim) you will be able to enjoy wearing it many times over. The problem is that hats and their boxes take up a fair amount of room and it is not unusual for … Continue reading Do You Have a Sad Hat?
I recently had the pleasure of creating a custom made Panama for the one woman powerhouse that is Samantha Wilding of StyleandGrace.eu. Samantha is an eloquent blogger and personal stylist who specialises in boosting the confidence of women and men over 40. She is going to Wimbledon on Saturday and wanted something that would go with her outfit … Continue reading A Wimbledon Panama
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