The Season Hat is such a fabulous idea - it's crazy! I am not really a hat person, but I do know that head wear makes an impression and sometimes there is no other option! Also, I don't know why but normally I am caught on the hop, and the idea of carrying a hat box is an immediate deterrent, despite the advantages of actually wearing the piece!
I know it’s a big shame to write off hats altogether, but having met ingenious design duo Paul Stafford and Selina Horshi recently in London – both of whom wear and travel with hats – the concept just took on a whole different dimension. In fact, it became FUN.
The pair are the founders of theseasonhats.com – a company who offer casual hats, hairbands, headpieces and their signature folding hats for special occasions, and who exhibit regularly at Fashion Weeks across the world.
Made by hand in London from the highest quality materials, these are hats which have beenfeatured in luxury press across the world, including Vogue,Huf Magazine, Schon, OK! and many more.
I asked the two designers a couple of questions about the industry itself and their plans for the future. And fell in love with HATS
What isYour Most Popular Foldaway Hat?
The Arco has been a firm favourite - it's large enough to make a real statement but the transparency of the tulle means it remains very delicate and it's so light that you can wear it all day and long into
What Would be Your Ideal Hat for Church on Xmas Day?
The Hortensia from our current winter collection would be perfect - its form really emphasises the beautiful honeycomb structure without being ostentatious and it's made from a Yorkshire wool so it will help to keep you warm during the service and it can be folded up and popped into a handbag or pocket when visiting friends and family.
What's in The Pipe Line for Next Year in Terms of Colour and Style?
We're launching a men's range at London Fashion Week Men's in January, which we're super excited about. The collection will be predominantly Trilbies and caps which have developed from our casual women's range.
We developed a capsule range of pieces that unfold like fans for this coming Spring/Summer which we love and they are proving popular with stores - they'll be available from February 2017. So far, we've made them in golds and silvers, though they are available in a huge range of colours for bespoke orders.