How do you define your work?
I make bespoke hats, or hats made-to-measure, tailored to head size and shape, as well as to the wearer's way of thinking and living. I see hats as exceptional tools, not only protecting their wearer from adverse weather, but allowing them to express their character.
What steps are involved in hat making?
Each step is critical in shaping the outcome. From preparing the material, to making the structures, shaping, steaming, sewing and trimming. The whole process requires attentive, meticulous and dedicated work, knowledge of the materials used and a sharp sense of proportion and balance.
Do you master a specific technique?
Hat making is quite a rich craft in terms of techniques. From blocking felt and straw, to turban draping, or silk flower making, striving for mastery is a lifelong journey. I seek to create to the best of my ability each time.
What is it that you love most in your profession?
Hat making allows me to play and explore, to bring everything I am, my background, my art studies, my taste, to the workbench. Then, there is the moment someone falls in love with one of my pieces and feels it belongs to them and buys it, this is just wonderful!