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Henri Henri a Montreal!

IMG239 As some of you know I recently took a trip to one of my favorite cities, Montreal. My boyfriend Chris found this place for me while he was out on his own. (I might have been noshing on chocolat chaud) I went myself the next day and was delighted. What a lovely space that hasn’t changed in so long! in fact, not since it opened in the thirties. If you want the traditional experience of buying a men’s hat then you must go.

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Friendly staff and very good prices on very good hats.

IMG243They even have canes. Love it!

Sara came home with a legit boater that she is dying to wear.

Henri Henri

Chapelier depuis 1932

189 Rue Sainte-Catherine Est, Montreal, QC H2X 2Z3
(514) 288-0109

http://www.henrihenri.ca

Cheers

Meaghan

Dale Chihuly Exhibit in Montreal

A recent trip to one of my favorite Canadian cities had me waiting in line at the Dale Chihuly exhibit at Musee des Beaux Arts.  Several years ago I watched a fascinating documentary about the American glass artist and his studio method.  His exuberance for trying new things and pushing towards the seemingly impossible was inspiring. The glass works shown in the following photos is just a small sampling of this tremendous talent.

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This is at the entrance to the old building which is across the street from the new entrance. This is a large museum. This glass explosion is about 12′ across.

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These two are mounted as a ceiling. They are resting on thick glass and lit from above. some of the pieces were almost a meter across. The documentary I watched showed how is pool has the floor like this. Beautiful.

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These 2 chandeliers are both lit from above and seemed to made of hundreds of components. They were about 3.5 to meters long.

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Then we entered this underwater forest al on black glass to reflect back. That large white disk is about 1 meter across and those red spikes are about 2 meters tall. Remember this is all blown by hand glass.

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These boats of huge glass balls on a lake of black glass were enchanting.

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Finally this last boat of glass rods. There were several more rooms but I didn’t know that you could take pictures and tweet etc.. during the exhibit so I only had my phone which isn’t the best camera. I highly reccomend seeing this exhibit wherever it is travelling to next and checking out the documentaries where he makes these object. It fascinating.

Meaghan

Hallow’een!

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Sara dressed as a confused bunny for this year.

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The tail view and the close-up on her ears made from her hair and a lot of hairspray.

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I went as a raccoon. I took off my black gloves to work and I was a

raccoon because I have a lot of black and grey clothes.

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My boyfriend didn’t notice my black mask of makeup in the morning and customers

seemed confused as somehow all hallow’een fun is just for kids. Well it’s not.

I don’t have children and I love dressing up!

I Heart Hats Sale Summer Edition

i heart hats summer

The Summer Sale is in 2 WEEKS!  Yep 2 weeks. Yikes!

We hope to see you there!

Directions and other information can be found at http://www.littlehatshop.com

Cheers

Meaghan

Spring Is Coming, Have You Got Your Hat?

Meaghan has redesigned everything for Spring/Summer this year. Au revoir Garden Party and Masher Hat, bonjour Riviera and Picnic Hat. We are in the process of sewing them up right now and there are only the two of us doing it. So expect to see them on the floor and ready for you to take home in April.

Cheers.

“Fascinator” Hat Class

After years of being asked about classes, we are finally doing one! I’m working on class #2 right now (no, that’s not a ‘hashtag’ it’s the number symbol)

Hat Class Poster

Hat Class Poster

What you may or may not be able to read beside the dates and times for the class is that there is no lunch provided. It will be plenty of fun though, and I’m sure if you’re hungry the lovely ladies at English & Miller will sell you something tasty.

Cheers,
Sara.

You want a little more of a hat..?

What exactly does “a little more of a hat” mean?

More times than I can count, we get a last minute, “I need some thing for tomorrow, I’m going to a ______.”

There is nothing wrong with a last minute need for a hat, unless of course you call on a day the shop is closed and demand we open it for you (true story). I have these moments too. Believe it or not, as a milliner’s apprentice I even forget until last minute that I need a hat for that wedding, to go with that impossibly coloured dress, which doesn’t look impossibly coloured until you try to put anything other than a vintage purse and pair of vintages shoes with it. Even the milliner herself does it.

Often, there are no difficulties helping our last minute customers find the right thing for their event. Alas, there are always the difficult few. The customers who come in and say that they don’t know what they want but won’t try anything on, exclaim while feigning coy that things are just horrid on them, talk around the phrase “I’d like it if it wasn’t this.” or came in expecting us to have the perfect thing, which is something they can’t explain, and nothing else other than this unspoken mystery will do. Often times they were thinking that they want “a little more of a hat.” I take that to mean something between fascinator or cocktail and full hat. Not so my friends, not so. “A little more of a hat.” seems to be something completely different person to person. Occasionally “a little more of a hat” means that they would actually like a full hat. More often then not it is a cocktail hat that covers at least a third of their head. Then sometimes it is an excuse to not buy anything because said customer is under the impression that we are over priced.
On that note we send them off to Lilliput Hats in Toronto and into Karyn’s more than capable hands. Her work is beautiful, completely different from ours and the last time I was in her shop, started at $150. Which is still pennies for a well made piece of art seeing as Philip Tracy’s average price is more around $1500. But I’ll save the over priced woman’s work rant for another day.

Really what I am getting at here is that instead of asking Meaghan and I for “a little more of a hat” could you, any of you about to say, “I was thinking that I wanted a little more of a hat.” say instead just how much more of a hat you were thinking?

Cheers,
Sara.

I Heart Hats!

I heart hats poster copy

We are having a super ‘trunk sale’ at the hat shop on Thursday, February 7th from 7P.M. until 9P.M. in Barrie Ontario, Canada. For directions please visit littlehatshop.com and scroll to the bottom of the page.
We will be wearing hats, selling hats, serving French hot chocolate and having a gay old-time. Please come and join us.
Cheers,
Sara and Meaghan

Photo Shoot!

Sara, Shot by Anton Volek 2011

Sara, Shot by Anton Volek 2011

I have had the privilege to have Anton Volek shoot some of my work. With our tiny studio I don’t have the budget to hire the big models and really, no one really looks like them anyway. I am lucky to have a beautiful apprentice who takes a picture much

better than I so I throw her in front of the camera often.

We had great fun using a collection of old lamps and a heating lamp.

Sara

Sara

Anton’s camera is, however, better than mine as the following picture will attest.

Sara, wedding.

Sara, wedding.

The following picture is Anton’s of the same section.

                                                                                                        Sara shot by Anton Volek, wedding dress
                                                                                  Sara shot by Anton Volek, wedding dress

I think I’ll ask him to shoot everything from now on.

Cheers

Meaghan

 

Tricorn, the other affair.

Brown velvet tricorn

Brown velvet tricorn

I imagine you might be realizing that a baseball cap just isn’t my thing by now. I love the way a tricorn looks.

For those of you who aren’t sure what a tricorn is it’s a round crown hat with its brim folded up on three sides to make a triangle shape when looking at it from the plan view. Tri-corn, three horns. get it?

Green silk

Green silk

Tiny wool tricorn

Tiny wool tricorn.

I have made several cocktail tricorns. These are fun and look great when one point sits jauntily over one eye.

It has to have a skull.

It has to have a skull.

I’m not sure a hat like this could have been made without at least one with a skull.

A little more french.

A little more french.

I decided to go for a more traditional french look with this and the next one.

minitricornerblackredI love the way these look and when I have a bit of time to play I will definitely make a few more. I think I’ll make one in embroidered silk next time.

Cheers

Meaghan

 

 

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