Last time I blogged I was heading off to the sun after a really manic summer making hats. Not to mention entertaining and acting as chauffeur to my daughters during the summer holidays. I think like most of us working Mums we don’t really realise how much we pack into a day until we actually stop!!!!
Well, back from hols, kids back at school and I am still rushed off my feet, which I am thrilled about. In the last few years hats were just seen as part of the summer social season but I have had a number of enquiries for Winter Hats.
HIGH STREET HATS
I have also noticed more hats in the high street this season. As a milliner this is heartening, as hopefully hat wearing in winter will become the vogue as it is on the continent. It saddens me we only really wear hats in this country for a special occasion. There is no doubt about it: hats do make you feel special and finish off your outfit.
Many ladies say to me they do not suit hats, but just a few tips and words of advice, and they are normally converted. Buying Bespoke you do get advice and help and really unique pieces.
The increase of hats on the high street has a downside to me as a bespoke maker, as it is so hard to compete with cheap imports. Hopefully most people appreciate if you spend a bit more you do get advice and something you really want.
I was absolutely thrilled to have an order from Lizzie Hughes who is in the process of starting a hat hire business called Hats By Lizzie.
There are so many fantastic new designers out there. Without support this new generation of talent would go unmissed. As a new designer I find it is so hard to compete with established brands and of course cheap imports. We need more people like Lizzie to help support new talent and British designers. So again a huge Thank You Lizzie for supporting me. Good luck and best wishes to Lizzie and thank you for supporting home grown talent.