Hatstock, Hat Works, Stockport

I bloody love hats. 

My first – aside from bobble hats and the little knitted ones my mum plonked on my head as a child, is one I still have now. A thick felt black trilby, with a fat red flower on one side from Accessorize. I bought it sometime in the late nineties, and though it only comes out when I’m wearing something tailored, I do love it.

Since then, it’s almost a case of ‘any excuse’. From fascinators, to miniature top hats, structured felt hats, to some of my favourites, kooky odd numbers like my silver pineapple with white netting. 

No, seriously.

So though I’ve taken the Hat Works at Stockport totally for granted and never visited (shame on me) I grabbed a ticket, Hatstock called my name.

Hatstock was a day of hats. From talks on millinery, to shopping for the makings, to my favourite bit, hat shopping. And oh the hats. 

So many hats. 

A long term favourite of mine is Pearls & Swine/Temptress of Waikiki. Or Bink, as I know her. If you like colour, sparkles, kitsch and glamour, you will love her stuff as much as I do. I have a number of pieces from her, and getting chance to see her in all her ‘Binkness’ was a pleasure. 

I also got to meet Siobhan Nicholson, whose hats I’ve been eyeing on Instagram for quite a while (never let it be said that my style can be pinned down, even I don’t know what it is half the time). I’ve long been a fan of her vintage style hats and may have indulged in a purchase. I suspect I’ll also be venturing Sheffield way in a few months when her collaboration pop up, The Hat Stand, opens. 

New to me was Pyewacket Millinery. Very vintage pieces with a predominantly early 20th Century leaning, see if you can guess which of these caught my eye. (I just need her to stop travelling and reopen her Etsy shop so I might buy it please, thank you).

I was also in awe of the theatrical pieces by Sue Wood. She specialises in work for theatre, so much of her work is quite literally on a stage somewhere, but her Tudor wire work was fascinating. 

And whilst I could probably get away with wearing it – snood and all – I’m not sure I’d have the wardrobe to go with it. I’ll just quietly settle for ogling the 1940s statement piece she also brought with her. (And no, I’m not posting the picture, cos then one of you lot will want it, and I want it, even though I’ve no idea where I’d wear it, but that’s not the point). 

These were just a sample of those at the event, there were so many other beautiful pieces (just look at the slideshow below). As someone who adores headgear, and wishes we’d all wear more of it, I had a ball at Hatstock. So much so, I’m hoping it’s not going to be a one off. 


Can we do it again?

Just maybe give me a few weeks to save up.

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