Stetson Summer Hats

As Stetson celebrate their 150th anniversary, we are dedicating our social media channels to saluting this marvellous brand on their milestone.

The Stetson Spring Summer’15 range is true to the brands own aesthetic of classic shapes with a rugged edge; harmonizing it’s Western heritage with the current fashion landscape. We have a great selection of their straw and raffia hats which are the perfect accessory for effortless and understated summer style.

See below the Lamesa Toyo, a light straw hat with folded ribbon. The Merton Fine Tripilla Palm (Malibu Traveller) is a heavier hat peppered with dark flecks of colour and a embossed leather band. The Marrero Raffia is a pork pie influenced shaped hat with cobalt and red ribbon. The Millis Raffia, a pork pie shape with two tone ribbon and a lighter raffia on the underside of the brim. Finally the Hatteras Stripe an eight-piece stripe baker style cap with the classic button on the top and aeroplane brooch detail on the left back.

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FullSizeRender (8)You can find these beautiful Stetsons, along with us at: 102 High St. Rye, E. Sussex, TN31 7JN// 01797 225261

 

Sticks & Stones

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One of the newest additions to our shop is a leather accessories brand Sticks & Stones. They produce a range of intensely coloured leather handbags and purses, which are stylish and understated despite their bold colour. However their is more to our new favourite brand than just pretty accessories.

Sticks & Stones started as a young vintage leather brand in 70’s Amsterdam, being showcased at the infamous Waterlooplein market- a hive for emerging fashion and creatives. It wasn’t until the 1980’s-1990’s that Sticks & Stones unique brand identity and products began to form. Noticing a gap in the market for colourful leather goods Sticks & Stones became the first leather brand to produce collection consisting entirely of brightly coloured leathers.

Another reason why we love them so much is because of their responsible and concious manufacturing. All of the leathers used by Sticks & Stones are AZO-free and they only work with tanneries with strict compliance and environmental regulations (which complies with EU regulations). The metal frames used in the handbags and purses are from a high quality German based supplier who complies with the implementation of REACH. A quote from Sticks & Stones website details the companies philosophy beautifully and cements our admiration for them- “We engage in running our business with great sensitivity to the world around us.”

The Panama Hat

The Panama hat is a traditional brimmed straw hat of Ecuadorian origin. The hats are hand woven from Paja Toquilla, a palm-like plant which is indigenous to the coastal areas of Ecuador.

It is believed that the Panama was produced from as early as the 17th century, gaining notoriety from the 19th century onwards with miners from the California Gold Rush and the 26th American President Theodore Roosevelt often sporting one on trips through Isthmus of Panama and Panama Canal. The popularity of the hat was once again heightened in the early 20th century with the emergence of glamorous Hollywood. The movie stars donned Panama’s both on and off-screen, it became a fashion accessory of the elite and desirable. The popularity of the Panama in England however began in 1902 when King Edward VII requested one from his Bond Street Hatter and since has remained a classic and coveted summer style staple.

Today, the need for genuine Panama hats continues to provide livelihoods to these Ecuadorian craftsmen however the production is becoming strained due to the competing and ever-present Chinese hat producers.  The art of weaving the traditional Ecuadorian Toquilla Hat was added to UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists in 2012. A programme which is directed at ensuring the protect of important intangible cultural heritages worldwide and raising societies awareness of their significance.

A group of women weave Panama Hats out of the Paja Toquilla plant in Ecuador

A group of women weave Panama Hats out of the Paja Toquilla plant in Ecuador

Hot Bun Pudding

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Hot Bun Pudding is a sumptuous treat. An alternative to the plain hot cross buns we all like to devour on Good Friday and a perfect way to end your Easter Sunday leg of lamb roast.

Ingredients:

300ml double cream//600ml Milk//100g golden caster sugar//1 1/2 tsp vanilla essence//8 hot cross buns//40g soft butter//100g marzipan (cubed)//3tbsp chunky marmalade//icing sugar for dusting.

Method:

Preheat your oven to 170/150 fan/gas mark 3.

Cut the hot cross buns in half and spread the butter on them. Place in a shallow baking dish. Dot the cubed marzipan into the baking dish with the buns and glaze with marmalade. Set aside til later. Pour the double cream and milk into a pan and warm over a gentle heat. In a separate bowl whisk the egg, sugar and vanilla extract together with a fork. Once combined gradually add this to the warm milk and cream mixture. Pour the mixture over the hot cross buns and leave to soak for 15 minutes. As the buns soften push them further into the dish and mixture.

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Bake for 50 minutes until set. Remove the pudding from the oven and allow to stand for 10 minutes before dusting with icing sugar.

Serve your hot bun pudding while still warm. It’s perfect with a splodge of cream or a scoop of velvety vanilla ice cream.

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Delicious!

The Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Mother’s Day is waiting for us at the end of the week, a day used to celebrate the powerful woman/women in our lives.

There is no way to truly repay a Mother for her unconditional love and kindness. However, we can try; that’s why we have created the ultimate Mothering Sunday gift guide. Let us help you find the perfect gift to make her feel cherished.

These handmade woven handbags and clutches echo the trends which begin to dominate this season (think safari, think Easter, think earthy and natural rejuvenations of spring) . Mimu woven bags are created on the exotic island of Mauritius, which bestows a certain charm of relaxed island vibes which lead to effortlessly chic style.

Harriet Sanders has a beautiful collection of bags nestled inside our Aladdin’s cave. We think the Middleton Clutch, with it’s block colours and golden treasure chest claps is a wonderful treat and token of appreciation for Mum. The clutch (along with all other Harriet Sanders products) is made with ethically sourced Italian leathers and handmade in London.