Frequently Asked Questions


Ordering
How long will my order take?

Selecting a Hat
Determine your Hat Size:
General guidelines for selecting your hat
Matching a Hat with Your Outfit

General Hat Questions
Straw Types

Designer Biography
About the Designer

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How long will my order take?

In stock items will ship 1-3 days after your order is processed. Hats or hat sizes that are not currently in stock will be custom made to the size and specifications you have indicated on your order form. The average hat size for women is 22 1/2 inches. Most of the hats you see in the store are this size. If you need a hat in a different size, this is considered a Custom Order. Prices are as stated and no additional fees are charged to make a hat in your size. Custom orders usually take about 2 to 3 weeks to ship. Please ORDER EARLY for any important affairs or events. International orders: All of the above applies. Ship time will vary depending on country destination.

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Determine your Hat Size:

To measure for your hat size: Place a soft tape measure approximately one inch above your eyebrows ( or just about the center of your forehead), wrapping the tape measure around your head keeping the tape parallel to the floor. Dont pull to tight or keep it to loose as this is how your hat will feel on your head. This is your hat size in inches. A common hat size is about 22 1/2 inches and many ladies hats are finished to this size.

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General guidelines for selecting your hat

These guidelines will not always apply, but should be considered as a starting point for choosing a hat.
The crown of the hat should be at least the same width as your face. For example: If you have a broad face, a slender crown may not look best on you.
Full-figured women may want to stick with larger hats that will suit your proportions.
Petite women may want to wear smaller hats with smaller crowns and brims that will not overwhelm them.
Tall women can wear all types of hats, including those with very tall crowns or wide brims.
If your face is: Oval: You can wear almost any kind of brim, large or small. Round:Try an asymmetrical brim to give your face a little variance.
Square: Wear a hat with an asymmetrical brim and prominent crown to soften the edges.
Oblong: Avoid tall, narrow shapes. Instead, wear a hat that has a horizontal silhouette. For example: One that has wide brims and crowns.
Triangular: Wear hats that emphasize your eyes, not your jawline. These may include hats with upswept or asymmetrical brims.
Heart-shaped: wear hats that emphasize your eyes, not your jawline. Avoid heavy, overpowering shapes.
Profile brims look good on almost all women.
If you have mature skin or shadows under your eyes, wear hats that open up your face like upswept and profile brims. Droopy brims will emphasize shadows.

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Matching a Hat with Your Outfit

Fashion trends seem to break all the rules. In todays modern times there are no strict rules for wearing hats. The general guidelines are that the material of the hat should be appropriate for the season, the style of the hat should be appropriate for the occasion, and the color of the hat should co-ordinate with your selected outfit.
Following are some guidelines for selecting an appropriate hat shape for your outfits silhouette.
Long and Full: Try large-brimmed hats first as they balance the width and length of the skirt. If the top of the outfit is very fitted and slim, you might also try an extremely small hat.
Short and Full: Try brimless or small-brimmed hats first. With a large hat, you may risk looking top-heavy.
Narrow: Try a small hat first. This may be a brimless hat or a hat with a small brim however, this does not mean that the hat must be small! A large-brimmed hat can achieve a more romantic look.
Inverted Triangle: Try a large-brimmed hat that looks proportional to the width at the shoulders.
A-line: Small and medium hats may be your best bet.

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Straw Types

PARASISAL & SISAL: Delicate in texture but resilient in wear, takes dye well. The prefix "para" means a 2x2 or herringbone weave whereas sisals are a 1x1 linen weave. These bodies are "graded" in quality from grade I to VI although we use only the higher grades I, II & III for our hats. The quality relates to the fineness of weave and absence of faults.
FANCY SISAL: As the name implies fancy sisals are made from sisal material. The Wicker sisal is a very large hood. It is the most popular in this range. The crown is solid 1x1 weave with the brim being woven in an open "wicker" weave. They make up into a beautiful lightweight and transparent hat. PANAMA: Very cool to wear, resilient to crushing. Panama straw comes from Ecuador, however in recent years Chinese bleached palm fibre is increasingly used to emulate the original. Normally a bleached finish, however it can be dyed to pastel colors. Our Panamas are hand woven in Ecuador. PAPER PANAMA: This straw is woven from Japanese Toyo paper. Normally seen in cream or white although sometimes dyed. Made in a simple blocked shape without wire in the brim edge, this straw can be rolled and packed without damage. SINAMAY: Comes in two forms, flat sheet or cloth and loosely woven hoods. Both types need stiffening before it can be blocked. Sinamay cloth hats are generally made from a number of layers and are blocked using the same method as fabric covered hats, woven hoods are blocked using traditional blocking methods.

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About the Designer

I am a self trained milliner specializing in one of a kind designs and small runs. I come to you with 13 years of experience in design and hand manufacture of custom window treatments. I am a small shop and wear all the "hats" for my company. My goal is to provide high quality millinery using the finest of materials. As a lover of vintage millinery I incorporate what is referred to as "Old - New Stock". This is stock that has never been used. These vintage items have been found in retired millinery warehouses, small museums and private collections across the country including the European marketplace. All hats are hand blocked and hand finished using traditional millinery techniques and are made with some of the finest quality materials available. Headsize ribbon and brim edges, unless otherwise stated, are machine sewn. All trims and finishings are hand sewn, many handmade. You are purchasing a first quality product. Thank you for taking time to review my collection.

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