Tell us about your business.I am a one person studio specializing in sewn hats from fine fabrics such as wool and linen. I have developed my own patterns through trial and error over the course of 20 years of hat making experience. I have always loved hats and began sewing at the age of 10. I would like to grow my on-line presence and concentrate on the styles of hats that give me the most creative challenge. I entered a local Art Fair on a whim and have been in the business ever since.
What makes your business stand out?Hat making in itself is still rather unusual, but even more so is the fact that I do everything myself. I like to make all of my hats and all of my own embellishments, prefering to make a faux silk feather or adding my own hand made buttons.
What's the best business advice you've received?When chatting with a fellow Craftsman at an Art Fair he asked if I was going to the Smithsonian Craft Show. I said I didn't think I'd get in. "You don't know till you try" , he said. So I did apply and I got in!!
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