The Hat Stand.

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I never usually get up to much in the evenings after work, so yesterday I was very excited to attend an event that my friend Heather invited me to. It was the launch of a new pop up shop in the Sheffield Winter Gardens, The Hat Stand, which is setting up shop all throughout the month of June. The sun was shining, the bubbly was flowing, and we had lots of fun trying out so many pretty hats and head pieces.

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A shot of the impressive Winter Gardens

The Hat Stand is a collaborative project between three Sheffield based milliners, Imogen’s Imagination, Siobhan Nicholson Millinery & Amanda Moon Headwear, who are setting up shop for their third year. It’s their way of working together to raise awareness for one another, using their skills and networks to not only help themselves, but also to benefit those who have helped them. The Hat Stand is also part of Sheffield’s Year of Making 2016.

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Imogen’s Imagination

Website – http://www.imogensimagination.co.uk

Twitter – @ImogensImagine

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Siobhan Nicholson Millinery

Website – http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SiobhanNicholsonHats

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Amanda Moon Headwear

Website – http://www.amandamoon.co.uk

Facebook – AmandaMoonHeadwear

Twitter – @a_moonheadwear

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Artist Sam Galbraith (@sgalbraith47) sketching up some ladies in lovely hats

I loved how each of the three ladies had certain niches, from vintage to floral to quirky, there truly was something for everyone. Since going to events like Ascot, and an upcoming wedding this summer, it certainly gave me some brilliant inspiration. I’ll definitely be popping in to The Hat Stand again and getting myself a little something-something!

Sheffield is a really great place for independent creators, and to be able to see a project like this in the flesh was a fantastic experience. Not only to see such beautifully unique handcrafted pieces up close, but to witness the community of creative-minded folk up close. I’ve been amongst performers, photographers and artists alike, but it is a rare treat to come across milliners. It was so enlightening to speak to everyone at the event, the kinds of things they do, fitting work around life, and the opportunities they have come across. It’s refreshing to see so much laughter, so many creative people collaborating rather than competing, and seeing them all champion each other’s work.

I even ended up talking to some people about my little ol’ blog that I run here. I wasn’t expecting to, but was pleasantly surprised by the interest and intrigue. So, if you happen to be reading this because I spoke to you at the launch… hello! Thank you for taking the time to take a look at my corner of the internet, and it was lovely meeting you!

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Here I am modelling a beautiful floral crown by Amanda Moon… It’s so gorgeous!

The Hat Stand will be living in the Pop-Up Shop in the Winter Gardens until the 29th June. If you live in Sheffield, or will be passing through in the next month, I definitely recommend you popping in. Keep up with the ladies on their website,ย Facebook, Twitterย andย Instagram.

And of course, many thanks again to Heather for inviting me along. She’s over at Heather Isobel Photography, which you should definitely check out.

 

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