For as long as I have been making hats my dream has been to make hats for the American market.
Over the past 4 years many cloches have been bought as presents to take back to America when we were selling in Convent garden and from here in my shop in Reading. The Downtown Abbey style cloche has proven to be popular, if only we had a hat shop in New York!
A few large hats have been ordered by clients to take home with them but I would be delighted if more orders came our way. Being situated in a small unit in a quiet arcade is not always beneficial, To be in outlets in parts of America is my dream, classy boutiques where hand made in England, or just hand made is important to the buyer.
Having seen many styles of hats today in Henley I noticed that the majority were made using sewing machines rather than hand stitching. Our new 2016 designs are completely made by hand, we endeavor to make our stitching as invisible as possible.