Designer Hat News by Karen Henriksen

Thanks for visiting!

Many thanks to all who came to Cockpit Arts open studios. Our last show of the year is done and dusted, what fun it's been! Thank you for your continued support. Here are a few visuals of the event, including Business Incubation Manager and Hats For Everywoman project participant Imogen Lawry, with her new limited edition Petra cap.

It was a pleasure to be selected by Grant Gibson, editor of Crafts Magazine, for his special showcase during Open Studios. The cap shown is a limited edition men's Windswept Flat Cap, made in collaboration with innovative textile designers Dashing Tweed. The unique tweed is called Urban Check and glows in the dark. Find out more about the showcase on Cockpit Arts' website. The artwork you see in the background is by textile artist Ekta Kaul.

There is still time to order online for Christmas gifts (or a cheeky gift to yourself!). Most hats are made to order and in 90% of cases Karen can send your hat out within 5 days.

Browse the new collection at Cockpit Arts' winter open studios

Pictured:  'Emma'  , new cloche hat style in black and  'Bonnie'  in super-softred lambswool twill

Pictured: 'Emma' , new cloche hat style in black and 'Bonnie' in super-softred lambswool twill

Join us 23-26 November at Cockpit Arts Open Studios, to view Karen's full range, see for yourself which styles suit you best, or commission a unique hat to match your coat.

A preview of the new 'Two Cities' Atumn/Winter collection can be seen in the gallery, with a selection of new model photographs. The collection takes inspiration from Rococo fashion and hairstyles, and from architectural details around Paris and London.

This November, come and see where Karen Henriksen creates her thoughtful, innovative hats which are highly wearable and intended to last a lifetime. During open studios, Cockpit Arts becomes a hive of festive activity as all the resident makers open up their workspaces and showcase their creations. There will be live singers on the Thursday evening. Join us for plenty of festive handmade cheer!

See the Facebook event here.

This September: join us at Design Junction, part of London Design Festival

'Pickford' Fedora Style Hat In Charcoal Herringbone Wool Tweed. See in the  shop

'Pickford' Fedora Style Hat In Charcoal Herringbone Wool Tweed. See in the shop

Innovative hats and accessories at Design Junction

From 21st to 24th September we'll be exhibiting at Design Junction as part of London Design Festival, in the heart of the King's Cross creative quarter. Expect to see an exciting mix of products for the home and  cutting-edge design. For a flavour of the show, here is a selection of products curated by the Design Museum.

We're showing as part of 'Material Consequences', alongside talented accessories designer Candice Lau, and multi-disciplinary jewellery designer Rentaro Nishimura, both fellow studio-holders at Cockpit Arts. Further information here.

You can benefit from a 50% discount on entry tickets, costing just £7.50 instead of £15, by using the code 'DJMATERIAL' when purchasing online before your visit. 

Autumn 2017 Shows Announced

View our designs in person at Design Junction, Handmade in Kew and Made London

Join us this Autumn to view and try on the latest collection, in some wonderful London locations!

From 21st to 24th September we'll be showing at Design Junction as part of London Design Festival, an exciting mix of products for the home and  cutting-edge design. We're showing alongside accessories designer Candice Lau, and jewellery designer Rentaro Nishimura, both fellow studio-holders at Cockpit Arts. Further info on the Material Consequences website.

Over in Kew gardens, we'll be showing at Handmade in Kew for the first time, between 12th and 15th October. The show presents a beautiful selection of work made in the UK by individual artists. It's also an excuse to visit the wonderful Kew Gardens.

From 19th to 22nd October we return to the beautiful setting of One Marylebone for Made London - it's a stunning former church designed by Sir John Soane. At this popular show you can expect to find the best makers working in a range of media including textiles, handmade accessories, ceramics, jewellery and much more.

Hope to see you there!

Secret Sale Now on until 31st July

Celebrating Summer with our Secret Sale, only available to our newsletter subscribers.

Come rain or shine this summer you'll be covered, with a cheerful selection of end-of-line brimmed hats, trilby hats, visors and caps for both men and women, with up to 60% off!

It's our way of saying thank you for your continuing support!

This sale is exclusive to our newsletter subscribers and will run until 31st July. Sign up today to receive your login.

'Hats for Everyman' Project

Shots from the 'Hats for Everyman' project, which aims to showcase our hats being worn by real people.

It is an online showcase of Karen's designs, shown in a fun and approachable way. we've been photographing our friends and colleagues at Cockpit Arts, wearing different hats by Karen Henriksen - including Karen's signature flat caps, beret-caps, and trilby-style brimmed hats.

Huge thanks to our wonderful models - Cockpit Arts patron Eric Campus, Letterpress expert Theo Wang of Print and Ephemera, and Cockpit Arts studio manager Adrian Lee.

See the full gallery here and watch out for the 'Hats for Everywoman' project coming soon!

June shows: London Fashion Week Men, and Cockpit Arts Open Studio

London Fashion Week Men's

We're thrilled to be taking part in our first ever London Fashion Week Men's, in the Designer Showrooms. The reference for fashion-led men's clothing and accessories, the show is held in the The Store Studios at 180 Strand, London WC2R 1EA, and is open to press and buyers.

The show is open 9th-12th June, Friday: 10:00 - 19:00, Saturday: 9:30 - 19:00, Sunday: 9:30 - 19:00, Monday: 9:30 - 17:00

Cockpit Arts Open Studios

Our twice-yearly Open Studios are back! Come and join us to see the workspaces of over 80 designer makers in this vibrant central London studio, which encompasses fabulous hats (ahem!), fashion accessories, jewellery, stationery, textiles and much more. Entry is free and there will be a chance to try on all your favourite hat styles.

Open studio dates: 9 – 11 June

Opening times: Fri 5 – 9pm, Sat + Sun 11am – 6pm
Cockpit Yard, Northington St, London, WC1N 2NP
Tubes: Holborn, Chancery Lane & Russell Square
Maps, directions & access info ›
Facebook event


Style guide|Women’s hats|Face shapes

Face shapes… and finding THE right hat for you

By Clara

There are many rules relating to face shapes and what hat styles do or don’t work… Here at Karen Henriksen HQ we think those rules are useful, but should be taken with a pinch of salt. We thought it might be useful to create a style guide specific to Karen's uniquely tailored hats. But please feel free to experiment and be playful!

What is your face shape?

Ask your friends / family to take a good look at your face! It’s generally easier for others to see. 

The main face shapes are: oval, round, long, square and heart-shape. Since we've started talking about face shapes though, we are finding that most people are more than one shape, i.e. long oval, rounded square and so on. The shapes are a guideline more than a science!

I’m also including additional things to consider: the style of your hair, if you wear glasses and finally if you’ve been gifted with a wonderful Roman nose.



Main face shapes and suggested Karen Henriksen styles

-Oval shape: You're in luck as you can almost wear any hat shape! - Other factors come into consideration such as hair style and colouring.

-Heart shape: As with the oval shape, your choice of hat styles is wide! Caps, cloche hats brimmed hats and pillbox hats all work well - see model images of Alessandra and Rebekah. If you have prominent cheekbones, just make sure the crown isn't too narrow.

-Round shape: Go for asymmetric shapes and hat styles that have an angular feel: a small trilby like Sedley or Garbo: their asymmetric crown & short brim are good for round faces. Another brimmed hat, the Crawford works well too. The Kathy cloche is also good with a small round face. If it's a cap you're after, the Windswept DC design could be great. Stay away from hats that have a very round shape though, as this will accentuate your round features: avoid Sarah and Linda for example.

-Long shape: Choose something with width - For example generous size caps, berets or beret-caps such as Blaize, Linda, and Bonnie. Equally good would be wider brims, including Crawford - you could wear it quite low down to reduce the length of your face. Wider cloches such as Sonia or Anne would work well too. Also a short brimmed hat such as Sarah is good as it has a bit extra width. From the Windswept collection, Georgia is a popular cap with that little bit of extra width.

-Square shape: Go for an asymmetric look by wearing your hat to one side. Soften the shape of your face by choosing a hat with a rounder shape - A beret-cap such as Linda, or a wide brim with rounded crown such as the Pickford. Any berets such as Bonnie would be great, aswell as the Kathy cloche, or any short brimmed hat would suit a small square face. The Windswept DC cap would work well too.


Other considerations: Glasses, Hair and Nose size

-Glasses: Most hats by Karen Henriksen  work with glasses - Just watch out, the Anne is a deep cloche style which isn't ideal with bigger glasses.

-Curly Hair: Avoid close-fitting crown styles such as the Petra cap- but more generous cap and beret shapes such as the BlaizeLinda and Bonnie work really well with curly hair. Broadwick is also good as it has a wide brim and wide crown.

-Straight Hair: You’re in luck as most hats can be worn with straight hair! In particular it looks nice tucked behind the ear(s) while wearing your hat. 

-Short hair: Small brimmed trilby-style hats such as the Garbo or Sedley would work well. Also for an androgynous look, try caps such as Petra and Helle.

-Wonderful Roman nose - Make full use of wide brims such as the Bergman or Crawford, Summer visors work well, or long peaked caps such as Petra, or the Windswept DC style which also features a strong peak.


Milliner's Eye

Karen has just revealed a skill I didn't know about: When a new visitor approaches (at a show for example), she can immediately visualise which style(s) would suit them! So if you’re feeling unsure which style would work best for you, please feel free to email us a picture of your face, your outfit and any questions. Or you can also get in touch to arrange a free style consultation in Karen’s London studio.