Amanda Moon remembers the first bespoke hat she created in 2009 - featuring a bird nestled in ivy and berries.
“My husband works in conservation, so it was a personal piece,” she smiles.
Since that first creation, Amanda Moon Headwear has gone on to become a household name. Her Sheffield millinery business features bespoke hats, fascinators and headpieces, some of which have already graced the heads of guests to Buckingham Palace and made stylish statements on race day at Ascot.
“I like to make pieces that have a distinct personality but maintain a subtle elegance and strong sense of style,” says Amanda, who is currently showcasing her talent, along with a range of other city businesses, at the Millennium Gallery’s Made in Sheffield exhibition, which runs until January 8.
“The people who don’t usually wear hats are of real interest to me,” she adds.
“I enjoy helping break the hat fear and see the vast possibilities they could try.”
Amanda is already planning The Hat Stand 2017 pop-up shop, an annual collaboration with fellow city milliners, and has just joined the Sheffield Creative Guild, which connects and supports local creative individuals and organisations.
“As a business, I’m looking to grow my links and the Guild is an exciting venture that draws people together. I’m delighted to be included in the Made in Sheffield exhibition. It’s wonderful to have your craft and personal skill recognised and I’m very proud to be part of an exhibition which highlights and celebrates the diversity of talent that we have here in Sheffield. “