East Angel Harbor Hats has grown steadily and with the insurgence of "ordinary" people becoming involved in re-enactment … it’s the catalyst for this growth.
"Re-enactment" is the rekindling of the past: cotillions, tea parties, civil war battles. The feature that all of these events have in common is attention to detail; to "re-enact" it’s vital to be in full-dress for the event; hats are the finishing touch.
East Angel Harbor Hats puts all of its hard-earned experience into every hat I design and create. I'm contented with my work … I love what I do and I stand behind it. If you’re looking for the story behind East Angel Harbor Hats and the stamp of a master milliner, this is it; I simply "love" designing hats. Whether I’m designing a hat for quality or designing it for uniqueness, I put my heart into it and I love to add feathers, flowers, ribbons, tulle and occasionally a little "Whimsy" (usually a bird or a bug) in order to create that special feeling for the new owner. Each hat is mine until you buy it and I design the hat with that in mind … if I don't "love" the hat, I don't expect somebody else to.
I began designing hats when I was fifteen years old. Twiggy was the height of fashion and Seventeen Magazine was my inspiration! I started out by spending fifty cents on a pattern by McCalls that included six different hat styles. I was the only girl in a school of nearly 1,000 students who wore hats to school; I admit that they incurred some teasing, but I loved wearing them so I didn't mind.
It was during college that I became interested in more period/costume type hats, so I began designing Victorian, Edwardian, La Belle Epoque (French) and Flapper style hats. I also like to delve into clothing and other accessories, but hats are always my favorite.
I live in the mountains of North Eastern Washington State! I believe it's the most beautiful place on the planet … the winters are long and snowy but the summers are worth the wait. I love to rise before the sun comes up and sit on my porch swing with a hot cup of coffee …
I'm a amateur photographer; I love taking photos of my grandchildren and my roses. I also love old photographs: wedding photos and wedding certificates are my "ultimate favorites". I also love children and baby photos. Little girls with huge bows in their hair. Little boys looking prim and proper in all their finery. I also love babies in carriages and children dressed up like angels. Of course … it should be no surprise … I love photos of people wearing hats.