Rather than wanting people to wear more hats, I want more people to enjoy hats. In my opinion, hats aren’t something that should be reserved for ‘Ladies who lunch’. I aim to bring the fun of headwear to a wider audience.
My business is divided into two – the creation of bespoke headwear for clients, and ‘millinery experiences’ where people can learn about hats and try making their own.
So whether you might be a mother of the bride who believes ‘elegance is not standing out, but being remembered’? Or a racegoer who thinks that ‘people will stare, make it worth their while’ ? Or perhaps you are a performer or a business who wants something a little bit different?
Whatever your desire, I can make the headpiece of your dreams.
As a child, I'd always loved dressing up in my gran’s hats. My passion for making them started in 2009, at a taster Day at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
At the time, I was working in IT audit. My job meant that I'd would be frequently living out of a suitcase, and so from that point on, I packed a ‘hat making kit’ along with her business attire. I made felt hats on Eurostar, silk flowers in Zagreb, and folded ribbon rosettes on a plane, sitting next to the voice of Spongebob Squarepants. I also managed to acquire fabrics, trims and magazines from around the globe.
Since then, I've taken many courses with professional milliners, and in 2019 decided to have a complete career change. I hung up my IT auditing hat, and became a full-time milliner.
My hats are inspired by and named after places I have visited, incorporating fabrics and trims I have gathered over the years.
I now live close to one of the remaining silk mills in England, so use locally woven Sudbury Silk in my pieces. I use wire from a company in Essex 10 miles away and I position myself as a ‘local’ milliner. This year I have given talks and demonstrations to women’s institute groups in Cambridgeshire, Essex and Suffolk.
I also use my love of maths and geometry in my work. I have multiple spreadsheets to calculate ribbon widths and yardage, and I’d say my most used tools are squared paper and a protractor.