fjäll räven greenland wax to the test
Spring 2020 was when I produced my first 100% upcycled brimmed hat, made from upcycle denim. I was really happy with it except that due to the material it was not water-resistant, which in a country like the Netherlands is simply not handy. As I like to say to my relatives abroad, it rains all the time!”.
After some research I ended up at the store Bever, where an enthusiastic young lady pointed my attention to this (environmental friendly) product, made of beeswax and paraffin. It comes in cardboard packaging and looks kind of little for such a big job, but who knows. Fjäll räven developed it back in 1968 to impregnate their own main material called G-1000 which is a mix of 65% polyester and 35% cotton. So my thought is that for modern denim, which often is also a mix of different synthetic materials with some natural fibres, It should be perfect.
It is easy to apply, by stroking the block of wax in a regular pattern over the hat. Once that is done all over, all that is left is to heat the wax, so that the product melts into the material, for this you can either use an iron or a hair dryer. And than, your ready to go and enjoy the rain!
For real it works just like with those canvas tents in the 1970ies. I tested it in rain and with just 1 layer my buckethat was water-resistant and a lot more isolating to wind. So let spring come I’m ready:)
limited deadstock for pleats series
The pleats jeans serie came to mind when a befriend designer gave me 10 meters of left over jeans, from their now closed factory. This is such beautiful material, especially for the pleats that I stitch into each design, that the chance that I will get hold of something like this again, is very small. If I have to buy an equivalent material, the endproduct’s price will hit the roof. Before my friend moved from Amsterdam back south, she gave me another 10 meter of this great material. So in total there is about 12 meters left, if you are in doubt about a pleats jeans product, don’t be, after these 12 meters, they will be sold out, until another deadstock angel comes on my way again.
upcycled jeans visor
One visor 4 ways, the real feminine alternative to the long elastic visor. Great for the dutch cooler summer and because it’s rollable, great to just have in your bag when on the road. The idea is to wear it like a hairband, you could even just knot it in the back and have the advantage of the visor without the drape around the head. Depending on your styling it can go from beach to city. Great with any colour, with slippers aswell as gumshoes, earrings and glasses. Each visor is reversible, with a lighter/ darker colour at the revers side, giving you even more options:)
I would like to share why I ship with DHL while there are maybe better local alternatives, like fietskoerier.nl. DHL gives good service & access globally, while they invest in a greener future for logistics. Here in Amsterdam I have seen electric mini vans on the outskirts of the city, as well as electric cargo bikes in the centre. In Germany they are even further & I hope they will continue their way here too. Did you know they bought the StreetScooter GMBH in Aachen in 2014? Of course they also meet my needs to keep things simple & quick to my shop, which as a one woman company, is really important. You know, how a day always has to little hours?!
You might have special needs, based on health issues. This can vary from having allergies to becoming bold. Often it is difficult to find the right headgear, especially because we might feel uncomfortable to try headgear in public. Aside you see different mock-ups in a variety of turban designs all in different materials, that I made for a young girl who has an auto immune system disease. She wanted something she could wear in class. Before making mock-ups she told me her wishes considering materials & style. This is what was waiting for her when she came to the studio. Can I help you? Feel free to contact me for more information.
The german designer Judith Lehthaus started her studies at the Witte Lelie, learning about hats here first, in hope of a teachers degree, before she went to the Rietveld academy. She enrolled with the idea of studying theater costume but ended up studying fashion. It was a tough choice, for a than young girl without finances or parents, in this for her foreign country. Working part time and officially also studying part time, she enrolled for 7 subjects every semester. This took it’s toll and half way through she got ill and had to stop her studies for a year. To her a lot had changed in the academy in that year and when she enrolled again true to her system of 7 subjects a semester, she felt estranged but didn’t give up. It was during this time she started working in a hat store down town Amsterdam. This is where she started to learn even more about hats, but still her main focus was on her studies and an offer to learn for milliner she passed. Only after she had a hidden burn out she stopped her studies. Years later she finally decided to study millinery just to find that she was seriously ill, with poor perspectives to ever work in the creative industry again. Against all odds she is now again able to use her hands for 4 hours a day and spends them all working her hat magic, trying to make timeless, slow fashion pieces of quality and with service. All her products are made by her in Amsterdam.