It’s almost the end of the best fortnight of the year! Yes – it’s Wimbledon – which surely remains one of the most civilised sporting events in the world. And a great excuse for wearing hats! As some of you will know, Mr W and I lived in the hallowed postcode of London SW19 for seven years. During that time, we were really lucky in the ballot (they must have kept a batch of tickets specifically for local residents) and we had either Centre Court, Court One or grounds tickets at the All England Club for six years running.
Given that this summer has been, frankly, autumnal so far, I was a bit worried about my outfit. Which had been meticulously planned around my hat, designed and made especially for me by Joanna Zara at JZ Millinery. Thankfully the rain held off for most of the day and I was able to wear the gorgeous Panama she had created. Joanna shared her thoughts on the process and design:
I recently had the pleasure of creating a custom made Panama for the one-woman powerhouse that is Samantha Wilding of style&grace. She is going to Wimbledon and wanted something that would go with her outfit (and fit her – like most of the population her head is not a so-called ‘average’ size!!).
As with all my customers I started by looking at the best hat style for Samantha’s face shape, height and physique. She is quite petite and has a slightly heart shaped face, so a very wide brim would not have been a good idea as this might have made her forehead look too wide and have swamped her. We could have gone for a classic trilby or fedora, but decided to be a bit different (there is always a sea of these to be seen at Wimbledon). Down-turned brims are very fashionable at the moment – this is a style that works for Samantha. So we chose a neat classic straight sided crown and a medium down turned brim. The ribbon trim is custom made to pick up the orange and navy in the outfit, but as with any hat this can easily be changed at a later date.
I hope Samantha and Mark have a wonderful day (but I would have to say they should hedge their bets and take an umbrella).
So if you’re looking for a bespoke hat for your next special event, get in touch with Joanna. Her service, expertise and hats are truly unique.