demure couture hat
The height of the crown. The width of the brim. Balance between the crown and the brim. Shades of the bow.
I think long and hard about these and other aspects of the design to ensure the hat looks good and is comfortable to wear. As I said, a hat frames your face like a hairstyle and so as with getting a haircut, choosing a hat can sometimes be quite difficult. I like to think I would become a bit like your hairdresser – sitting down with you to discuss what you envision. I will help you choose different hats to try on and make any adjustments you need, or alternatively I can design a hat from scratch with you to ensure you receive the perfect hat in comfort and design.
My favourites are hand-woven Harris tweed from the Isle of Harris, wools and cashmeres woven with Schoenherr weaving machines (a real rarity!) from Aichi prefecture in Japan, vintage felt produced in Chazelles sur Lyon, France and vintage parabuntal straw produced in Italy.
It is not my nostalgia for the good old days which drives the search for these vintage felt and straw materials but rather my constant striving for excellence in all my products.
Unfortunately some high quality hat materials are no longer being produced so if I want the best I have no choice but to travel to retiring milliners who are happy to share their special time-honoured materials with me.
In general, I like traditional materials made from natural fibres because they breathe, let the wearer breathe and respond well to the traditional millinery techniques which involve a lot of steaming and other water treatment.
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A couture hat is personal, so I’d imagine you will want to be in correspondence with me. If you’d like a truly unique piece, a personal appointment works best for measurement and selection of model, design and fabric.