Ealing native Jennifer fell into fascinator design when she struggled to buy an original headpiece for a wedding. She decided to make one for herself and became hooked! She was tutored by the late Queen Mother’s milliner in London before developing her own designs, which are sure to inspire your upcoming wedding, race or special occasion attire.
Tell us about yourself and your business
I moved to Ealing three years ago from Henley on Thames in Oxfordshire.
I design and make bespoke fascinators for Ascot, Henley regatta, and weddings from my Ealing studio.
What did you do before starting this business
For many years I have been involved in the world of fashion, modelling, film and print work in London, New York and Tokyo.
What were the main motivations for starting your business
I fell into fascinator design when I struggled to buy an original headpiece for a wedding I was attending. I decided to make one and was hooked! I was then tutored by the late Queen Mother's milliner in London before embarking on an extensive period developing my own designs.
What is your inspiration for what you do
I'm very passionate about designing Fascinators I love to make my clients feel vibrant and glamorous all season round.
What do you love most about what you do
I design a broad range of pieces to cater to everyone; from the lady who wouldn't normally feel confident wearing a headpiece, to the Ascot attendee who wants a bespoke show-stopper. It's so rewarding when a client wears a piece that makes her feel attractive.
What advice would you give to a new trader starting out
Always be professional.
Do you have any links to Ealing
I live and work in Ealing.
Where do you source your materials from and is this important to you
As a UK designer I like to utilise locally produced materials.
Where do you get inspiration for new products from
I get lots of my Inspiration from my travels around the world.
What's more important to you colour or texture
Where's your favourite place to eat in London
Roka - Canary Wharf
Sweet or savoury
What's your essential dinner party ingredient
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