Granville Island in August – So much going on!

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You’ll find Rosehip Hats on Granville Island for the month of August. What a treat to spend time on the breezy Vancouver waterfront in the height of summer, in our very own urban oasis! And there’s so much to see and do this month on the Island. Here’s a Top Must-See-and-Do List from the Granville Island website.   “Imagine an island in the middle of a city. See? You’re already curious. … Read More →

Have hat, will travel: how to pack your Rosehip hat

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“Are your hats ‘packable’?” This is a frequent question from my customers… and the answer is: “YES”. I construct all my natural fibre hats with a sturdy, reinforced fabric brim which can be folded and bent into many configurations for packing. This built-in resiliency helps it pop back into shape after being stored in a tote-bag or backpack while you’re on the road or in the air (or on water!). … Read More →

A Plaid for all Seasons

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What’s sprouting up for Spring in the Rosehip studio? Plaids … in combed cotton, crisp linen, and lightweight worsted wool. Perhaps my fondness for plaid fabric is a result of 1) a bit of ‘Highland’ blood (our family crest), 2) a background as a weaver, 3) a decade in the classroom teaching Textile Science to fashion students, and 4) a personality that loves the tailoring challenges this classic textile presents. When plaids are perfectly matched and sewn at … Read More →

Island Vogue on Granville Island

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Several years ago the Net Loft on Granville Island showcased the work of Island artists with a fashion event called Island Vogue. Silk artist Heide Otto and I collaborated to create these outfits for the show. Special projects like this are always a challenge as it pushes artists out of their ‘comfort zones’ into a new level of creative thinking and skill-testing. We had a lot of fun with the process, and loved the results, especially … Read More →

Hat-Hunting Tips – 1. Fit & Colour

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In my years of designing and selling hats I’ve met thousands (!) of people searching for that perfect hat, a soon-to-become favourite – one that feels good, looks great, and is a natural extension of their personality.  Many start off with a good sense of what styles and colours appeal to them and flatter their looks; some need a little extra help in this area, especially if hat-wearing is unfamiliar … Read More →