London Hat Week at Home
Episode 8: Sarah Cant and Ian Bennett from the millinery team at Morley College London
Welcome to London Hat Week at Home 2020. The lockdown won’t stop us celebrating our common love of headwear
In this episode, Becky Weaver interviews Sarah Cant and Ian Bennett from the millinery team at Morley College’s Chelsea Centre, formerly Kensington & Chelsea College. Ian and Sarah are both experienced tutors, authors and couture milliners, with their own well-established labels, who have made hats for the Royal household. Becky gets their take on the preservation of traditional millinery skills, making hats during lockdown and international headwear styles.
London Hat Week was founded in 2014 by British Hat Guild members Georgina Abbott of Atelier Millinery and Becky Weaver of HATalk to celebrate the craft of hatmaking. The majority of visitors to London Hat Week are independent designers running small businesses as makers and online retailers through their own websites and other channels such as Etsy.
Like most areas, the industry as a whole has been hit hard by the lockdown as most occasion hats are destined for large gatherings such as weddings and horse racing. In the UK, the Summer season is the equivalent of Christmas to other trades.
We are proud of our manifesto of celebrating hats and celebrating London in the city that is home to some of the most talented milliners in the world, and this time we aim to include even more hat enthusiasts than ever before! London Hat Week hopes to lift everyone’s spirits a little and play our part in recovery from these very difficult times.
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