KuSan

KuSan

KuSan has long been an autumn winter style staple at Herald & Heart. This fun, ethical and Eco-conscious brand began in 2000, after falling in love with the striking and colourful styles of knitwear worn by the people of Nepal.

Starting by sourcing the finest wool from New Zealand and handcrafting their products in Nepal (their original inspiration for KuSan) they produce a fantastic high quality range of hats and accessories.

KuSan adheres to their own philosophy  by working in honest and ethical manners in all aspects of business. Particularly with the factory in Nepal and the community which surrounds it; KuSan contributes to a variety of community initiatives in the Kathmandu Valley. KuSan is an advocate in tackling its global footprint as well as philanthropy- by using sea shipping opposed to air freight and by giving an annual contribution to Carbon Footprint. The label gives its consumers the assurance that its products, the means by which they are produced and exported have a great respect for the people and the planet as a whole.

Just some reasons why we love KuSan other than their stand alone products!

Lovesmith

Lovesmith UK is our new obsession, gorgeous silk and the finest wool scarves emblazoned with in-house designed graphics.

The brand was created by Mark Goodhall and Leanda Bowden-Smith who both worked in design previously; informing their knowledge on colour, design and fashion. Theses three interests and uniquely based skill sets allow for Lovesmith to fill a niche gap in the market of not just printed scarves but printed scarves which have strong printed graphic with a clever use of colour and composition to make them exciting.  Goodhall and Bowden-Smith draw on their travels to inform Lovesmith’s designs each season.

Whether it be California dreaming or longing for our capital London the collection of Lovesmith scarves we have in our little Rye High St shop are sure to hit the spot… P.S.- They also make great Christmas gifts!

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.”

Start Spreading The News…

Herald & Heart has travelled over the Atlantic Ocean and touched down in New York City.

 We are in the Big Apple to explore future ventures for us and our hats but I fear we have said to much already about our top secret, foreseeable plans,  just rest assured the future looks bright, exciting and very hatty! As we can’t disclose to much about the purpose of our trip to New York I thought instead we should at the city and its fine backdrop it leant to many fashionable New Yorkers of glamorous era’s gone by…

Gordon Parks, 1950.

Gordon Parks, 1950.

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Gordon Parks, 1950.

All of the above images were taken in March 1950 by the infamous Gordon Parks. To find out more about him and his incredible life and works visit … http://www.gordonparksfoundation.org/

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!

Tagua Pendants

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We have an exquisite fourteen piece range of Tagua pendant necklaces which have just arrived from Just Trade. These accessories are not only beautiful to look at but there’s a beautiful story behind them too…

Just Trade was founded in the summer of 2006, it was a company born out of first hand contact with real people trying to establish a business or just a way of living in the developing world. Just Trade recognised the need to help these projects in becoming sustainable via offering a route to market their products. The company work collaboratively with the artisans and craftsmen who create the products. This relationship of working combines the traditional crafts and skills of the artisans with the knowledge of the contemporary jewellery market in Europe; to help establish a sustainable and educational business for all parties.

The pendants we have in the shop are from the Sosote Fair Trade Project in Ecuador. The artisans have worked with Just Trade to create an exclusive range of pendants which have been hand-carved from the tagua nut.

The tagua nut is often referred to as vegetable ivory because of its pure colouring and polished finish. The artisan selects the nut which is as close to the final design shape it can be, then using a variety of carving and sanding processes the nut is transformed into the very pendants you can see in our shop.

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