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?
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?)
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
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
So the wonderful Chelsea Craft Fair is over for another year. Organisers Handmade in Britain put on a splendid event as usual - and of course Chelsea Old Town Hall is spectacular venue. It was wonderful to meet so many designers and makers - I had fascinating conversations with my fellow stand holders about materials, … Continue reading The Best of British in Chelsea
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
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
My last post was about long slim faces. Now let's talk about those of you who have a round 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. The round face is very symmetrical – your "lipstick outline" … Continue reading How to find the perfect hat for your face shape – Part 4: In the round
My last post was for those of you with heart shaped faces. This next post is (surprise surprise!) for those of you who have a long face. If you haven’t a clue what your face shape is, don’t worry – just take a look at my first post of the series: how to find out … Continue reading How to find the perfect hat for your face shape – Part 3: Why the long face?