The day I bought a Cloche
Hats are one of those things I think you either love or hate. I like the idea of owning a hat more than actually wearing one but it’s an item that is a must for both summer and winter. Living in Dublin has made hats a permanent fixture in those cooler months and I figure if I have to wear one, it might as well look good! Given that and the years I have spent daydreaming about owning my very own cloche, the day finally arrived!
After dropping enough hints, Mr B surprised me with a Shevlin Millinery voucher for Christmas. Shevlin Millinery is not new to me. As long as I have lived in Dublin I have walked by, or even ventured in and admired the fabulous display of hats like Charlie in the chocolate factory.
I wasn’t going to take this purchase lightly which meant I annoyed every person I know by taking them into the studio and trying on every hat in the store. After making my decision, the day came when I went to Cows Lane Design Studio to meet John Shevlin in person and make this special purchase.
It was so great to meet John and talk all things hats. I have to say there is something rather special about meeting the person that has made the very thing you are buying. If you are in Dublin, I would highly recommended a visit to Cows Lane Design Studio to see his fabulous work in person. If not take a peek here to see all his fabulous hats. John has also been very kind to share some photographs of the hat making process.
Not a surprise at all to me, but when I went to purchase my hat, having thought I had decided on the style and colour, well I changed my mind. Honestly, I could have bought all of the colour combinations there but because this piece is an investment, I tried to think about my wardrobe and what colour and style would give me the most wear. In the end I decided on a wine coloured cloche with a navy blue trim and I couldn’t be happier.
I wore it straight out of the studio and to be honest I’ve never been more delighted to have hat hair! Like most of my luxury items, it’s the story behind the product that makes it luxurious and this for me is a piece I will treasure.