Growing up as the eldest daughter of British parents, there had always been some talk in the house, mostly in passing, about hats as a mainstay of English tradition.
But it wasn't until years later, when my design studies took me abroad, that I realized hats are so much more than that, more than a mere “tradition.”
In England, for the “smart” modern woman, hats are the accessories of choice.
Throughout history, we have always been enamored with the idea of adorning our crowns -- from Julius Caesar and his olive leaves of gilded gold to fashionista Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, who inspired a trend throughout England by donning wigs decorated with enormous ostrich plumes, beads and jewels.
Even in modern-day London, extravagant hairpieces and hats seem to be in no shortage, and come in all shapes, colors and sizes.
During my time there, I couldn’t help but notice how carefully and lovingly the women I knew would select their hats for special occasions. I realized then that the whole tradition of hats was just as much about the process of picking exactly the right one, as it was about wearing one in all its glory.
That’s when I discovered Fascinators -- slightly toned-down semi-hats; miniature selections that were the perfect fit for fashion-inspired-social-butterflies such as myself.
And so I started buying and bringing these trendy hairpieces home for my mum, and later for my sisters, cousins and friends.
Soon enough, all of my closest gal pals were rocking fascinators, and I decided to bring my own blend of old-world elegance and modern edgy style to a larger audience here in the U.S. -- to you.
Let the fascination begin!