Description: Retro Cotton Headband
Maker: Wendy Louise Knight
Easily tied 100% cotton retro headband – one size fits all.
I inherited both my passion for millinery and the nimble fingers I use for my bespoke work from my grandparents, Hayden Sidney and May Congreve who made bespoke hats for many years under the name of Roach and Congreve. I am also very fortunate to have some vintage blocks that I still use. My great uncles, Stan and Reg Clark, worked for block makers in Luton, Bedfordshire in the UK.
I remember that as a child I always saw my grandma busy with her sewing and it seems as if she was never without one of her beautiful hats with its tiny, neat stitches.
I used to love the stories she would tell about the Easter bonnet parade and how there would be great excitement as my great aunt, her younger sister, Constance was always chosen to model the hats for prospective buyers.
Originally from Oxford, I moved to Ireland in 1999 and by 2004 my millinery business was truly up and running. Devotees of Irish fashion were demanding well-crafted, quality pieces and I was happy to create them.
I specialise in one-off, handcrafted designs ranging from theatrical large-brimmed showstoppers, in a range of fabrics embellished with beads and veiling, to the more subtle styles such as cloches, pillboxes, trilbies and fedoras.