In a world that is rapidly losing artisan craft and bespoke manufacturing, the process of creating a product is often as fascinating as the product itself. The intense and personal procedures behind handcrafting that result in a piece of couture, artwork or a hat for example, are the very essence of what is an inherently exceptional end product.
As the Cliff classic reminds us, it's the season for giving, not for receiving - but borrowing's ok, right? I'm forever pinching my other half's sweats for Sofa Sundays and general weekend mooching so here are a few of my current favourites from Acne, Wood Wood and Johnny Cupcakes which appear to have be designed with sharing in mind.
Jayne Elwell, the Cleveland-based designer behind The Libertarian, is a modern day milliner whose quirky creations are more Lady Gaga than Mother of the Bride. Specialising in one-off or small runs of original, handmade hats, fascinators and hair accessories often made from recycled materials including vinyl records, rulers and vintage fabric.