One of the delightful things that happened to Ellen Christine in November was the appearance of Hayley Griffiths. She covers stories for a news service, and came to our loft to do a piece on our work. Taking pictures of the showroom, and of the workspace, Hayley was fascinated by the overview she achieved that day. In her blog, http://www.hayleygriffith.com/
Questions aside, the interesting thing for me is that every interview we do seems to amaze the interviewer. Maybe I'm just too lost in my world o' hats here, but it seems to me that people know so very little about the process. It's really isn't like going to a supermarket and picking up the ingredients for a pie. Hat making is an intense and often thwarting business . Often, the materials you've just used in your collection are dicontinued, so all the designs must be changed. Even buyers don't really know what we go through as milliners/hatters. Striving for perfection, and often needing to allow the customer to go only half way can be frustrating to say the least. The customer may be a lovely lady from Minsk, or a store who wants to carry your hats, but hasn't a clue as to how to market them. Ah,the joys of a design life. And lifestyle.
And I wouldn't have it any other way.
But more on that another day.