We all have to look to the future and waste less - makers are always trying to create using low-carbon techniques and materials. With this in mind, my practice has gradually evolved.
I use wool felt, sinamay (woven plant fibres) and straw in my hats. I don't use new fur felt (also called velour and peachbloom felt) which comes from farmed rabbits as I feel unable to support these practices. I do, however, re-purpose vintage fur felt which would otherwise be wasted. I also don't use commercially produced feathers preferring occasional use of cruelty-free feathers if a client requests these.
Materials are stiffened using water-based, non-toxic stiffener avoiding the use of traditional, harsh chemicals.
I source my materials from small UK suppliers, some of whom have been established for many years, some who are newer.
Hats arrive carefully wrapped in recycled tissue inside a new, 100% recycled box which is recyclable as well.
First rule is to keep your hat stuffed inside with tissue and inside a box if you have room. Store in a dry area.
Your hat will last for many years as long as it doesn't get wet. Slightly damp hats should be dried promptly after stuffing with tissue. My hats are designed to be worn for many years and made with traditional, robust techniques.
I am always happy to re-block my hats for you if needed as well as re-trim to match a new outfit in the future.
Hats travel best on your head but this isn't always possible (especially if you're Mother of the Bride or Groom!) I can make hats to fit in small hatboxes for carry-on luggage and can design your piece around this.