You may have noticed that I've added a second sponsor button over there on the right. My newest sponsor is Fairheads Headwear, whom I met when I held a stall at the Judy's Vintage Fashion Fair event in Old Spitalfields Market. Jane Fairhead makes adorable vintage style hats including pillboxes, 1940s style tilt hats, and feathered fascinators - her products caught my eye and we got talking, and I'm delighted to welcome her as a sponsor to Tuppence Ha'penny.
Hi Jane! Can you introduce yourself and your hats, please?
I make hats in vintage styles. I started all this 25 years ago. I used to make big brimmed velvet hats out of old curtains, they had high crowns and sold them to students and at Glastonbury.
I don't really like a lot of modern headwear - I think the old styles were often so much more stylish. I especially love the styles of the 1940s and 50s, although 1920s style cloches are great too (and quite fashionable right now!). I think, because up until the 1960s people considered a hat an essential part of their day-to-day wardrobe, there was more of a creative input into millinery.
Where do you find inspiration?
Coming up with new styles is the bit I really enjoy. I have some reference books where I find styles to recreate, but mainly I see hats at vintage fairs and get ideas that way. To be honest, what usually happens is that I start a hat with an idea and it ends up rather different from the original mental image - but that's fine, it's how the creative process works.
Can you tell us your favourite piece in your shop right now?
My favourite piece at the moment is the miniature trilby. I think it looks really cute on. I like the tilt on it and its a slightly more stylish variation on the miniature top hats that have been quite popular recently.
What are you currently working on?
I'm currently making some masks - I also love maskmaking. They are made from black lace with feathers and jewels and twigs. These are for myself, but I've also listed some in my etsy store.
Where can we find you?
My website fairheadsheadwear.com has a link to my etsy shop and a calendar of venues im selling at. I also have a facebook page Fairheadsheadwear and twitter: fairheadwear.
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