Materials and Techniques
The right material used in the proper way, that is the technical basis.
A hat is an investment. It must give you joy over a long period of time and it has to last. Therefore, I prefer using natural materials, because they ‘breathe’ and are comfortable to wear. These include for instance:
- (waxed) cotton or
Each material asks for a different approach and process. Which is where my years of experience and my classical British training come to the fore: the traditional, artisan techniques of millinery (hat making). Of course, these include dying the materials – not only the ‘fabrics’ but even the feathers that may be used for decoration. Adorning a hat with (silk) flowers is another option. And I do make those flowers myself, even the tiny stamens and pistils. A fiddly job, but the result is phenomenal.
Handmade and unique
Machine-made, cheap hats are available everywhere. But once you have seen a handmade hat, felt it and have worn it, you will understand the difference. The fit, the quality, the durability and the look: unique! And please take ‘unique’ literally. Do you want a hat that is lined in the fabric of your favourite blouse? It can be done. Do you want a hat in the same colour as your handbag? I can make it.