Summer is in full swing which means it’s vacation time! Every year I stock up on a small selection of new pieces that will last me through the season, including a swimsuit, chic coverup or a pair of beautifully made leather sandals. New to my list this season was a hat which is how I discovered Helen Kaminski.
Helen Kaminski is a household name in its native Australia. The brand actually started out in the 1980s when Helen decided to create a raffia hat to protect her kids from the soon. A year later a Vogue editor discovered her design in a local boutique and she shot to fame. Since then the brand has gone global appearing in countless of fashion magazines and is stocked around the world at retailers like Harvey Nichols.
The Marbella hat
The thing I love most about it is that it feels like a luxury brand. Not only are the designs fashion forward, but it’s all about quality. Everything is made using natural materials like raffia and time honoured techniques in countries like Madagascar for that artisanal touch. Sustainability is a strong part of their philosophy – the company works with local manufacturing communities so each style is hand made while being built to last beyond one season.
My pick: The Landon
There are two collections to choose from, Helen Kaminski and XY, the latter of which include a range of men’s styles such as Fedoras and handbags. Classics are also updated with funky details like braids, leather trims or interesting colourways. Highlights include the Roll up which is perfect for travel essential and can easily be stored in any suitcase. I love the Landon, a men’s style with a chic navy ribbon around the rim. She has even updated the once-daggy visor in luxe update in leather for a Hermes inspired look.
I have also had a sneak peek at the autumn/winter collection which features some super chic designs in fabrics such as felt.
Helen Kaminski is available in Hong Kong at Kapok (various locations, including 5 St Francis Yard & 3 Sun Street, Wanchai East) and Hatwoman, Shop 209, Man Yee Arcade, 68 Des Voeux Road, Central, tel: 2167 8337. Online its available www.latitude-11.com. www.helenkaminski.com