Designer Hat News by Karen Henriksen

Unveiled: the craft of millinery exhibition round-up

This exciting milinery exhibition was held at the historic Artworkers' Guild in Bloomsbury which made for a beautiful setting. Supported by the Worshipful company of Feltmakers, as part of London Craft Week 2018. 

Karen created a one-off hand-stitched red hat especially for the exhibition. The design is based on the 'Mitzi' brimmed hat but created with traditional couture millinery stitching. Featuring Karen's distinctive tailored and sweeping seams, the sheen of the red leather contrasts with the soft texture of the felt. 

The exhibition showcased a number of talented British milliners, and was organised by fellow milliners Edwina Ibbotson, Rachel Trevor-Morgan, and Noel Stewart. Thanks to all who came along!

The leather and felt 'Mitzi' is a one-off, but please get in touch if you're interested in commissioning your own. You can view other women's brimmed hats by Karen Henriksen in the shop.

The Craft of Millinery Exhibition 9-12 May

Karen has been working on a one-off hand-stitched brimmed hat in striking red felt and leather. The hat was designed especially for this exciting exhibition, which showcases a number of talented milliners as part of London Craft Week.

Supported by the Worshipful company of feltmakers, and hosted at the Art Workers Guild, a beautiful townhouse in Bloomsbury at 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT.

The exhibition will run 9-12 May 2018. Entry to the exhibition is free. There will also be ticketed talks and demonstrations. Please see here for further details.


Join Karen at MADE London Canary Wharf

25-29 April 2018


MADE London Canary Wharf returns for its second year in the financial district from 25th to 29th April 2018. The show is hosted in a new venue: the East Wintergarden, a stunning light-filled atrium.

The show promises to showcase the best of contemporary makers in glass, jewellery, ceramics and textiles. Join Karen to try on the latest hat styles for everyday elegance. In particular  Karen is excited to showcase the brand new PB, a generous baker boy's style cap in beautiful lambswool, and Skipton and Shelvey, two new flat caps with an innovative twist. Suitable for him or her.

Pictured: The Skipton flat cap in blue organic cotton, and the Blaize peaked cap in natural linen

Entry is free. See the show's site for further details.

Exhibiting at Premiere Classe during Paris Fashion Week

We're delighted to be returning to Premiere Classe, the trade show at Jardin des Tuileries in Paris, 1-4 March 2018. 

Presenting “Two Cities”, the Autumn/Winter 2018/19 collection inspired by exuberant Rococo fashion and hairstyles, and by architectural details around Paris and London. Expanding on this rich inspiration, this year’s collection features tactile  pleating, tailored panelling, sculptural flourishes and feminine button detailing.

We'll be presenting Karen's creative re-interpretations of hat styles such as fedoras, caps and berets - blending design innovation and craftsmanship with everyday elegance.

Now in our 11th year of exhibiting at Paris Fashion Week, we're really looking forward to connecting with our buyers, international contacts and fellow exhibitors. See you there!

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.