As a blogger, there are occasions when I am contacted to help promote or to review something. Most things I politely decline, but then there are the things that I go "oooooooooh..PRETTY!" at and gladly reply to with an affirmative.
Case in point, these delicious handmade hats from Green Glamour. Created and made right here in Blighty by designer Hesta Singlewood, they are recycled from jumpers past their prime. I do so love it when something can be re-purposed, and I wish I had the nouse to do things like this myself. Alas, I seem to have missed that little sprinkle of creativity when it was being dished out.
I was offered a hat in return for a review. I did not need asking twice.
Although she has some hats ready to buy in her Folksy shop, she likes nothing more than a commission for a special hat where she will incorporate your own garment into something new and usable.
Short listed last year for International Hat Designer of the Year, her vintage inspired head coverings were born from a love of 2 lambswool jumpers that held significant sentimental value. She could not bare to part with them, but also wanted to be able to use them for something else.
Ta-da! These designs were created! Using vintage buckles and with a wonderful finish, I could well imagine me asking for a knackered woolly item to be transformed.
I adore their design and think that they would suit most vintage looks. I feel that they have more of a leaning towards the 20's and 30's - but that has not stopped me and my Forties style from giving them a bash. And I rather love them.
They have the ease of a beanie-hat to them, but with a dash of cloche and turban for good measure. You can plop one on and know that you look rather retro. I do so love pieces of clothing that offer simplicity and style.
They are stretchy and I know that they would encompass all my hair, with and without rollers. As a former early morning commuter, who did not take out her curls until she arrived at the office, I very much wish I had had one of these to switch things up from my regular beret.
If that is not enough, textile artist Hesta also crafts some amazing fabric dolls (a doll of my-kinda-gardening-gal Alys Fowler? Errrr... yes please!) which can all be found on her blog: Hesta.
Hurrah for Green Glamour and keeping my head vintage looking and warm!