I started producing my collection in 2014. I mainly use recycled fabrics and accessories, with the idea of giving a new life to old designer clothing, precious fabric leftovers and samples, vintage costume jewelry, buttons and accessories of all kinds. Almost all of my hats have feathers, natural or dyed. I never make hats I wouldn't wear myself!
When I create a hat, I focus on the proportions, on the harmony of colors and materials and very much on the little details.
I called my brand JCN because I wanted to dedicate it to my late mother Jutta and grandmother (Oma) Nina.
They are my inspiration. I inherited from them a sense of creativity and a passion for elegance. Since I was very little, my mother taught me to sew and to recycle any kind of materials for creative purposes; with Oma Nina, a ceramist, I used to attend during summers the ceramic schools in Worpswede, cradle of the German Expressionism. From her I learned the art of taking care of my appearance. My paternal grandmother Olga, Countess della Frattina, passed away when I was still a child but thanks to her I keep the strong persuasion that a woman doesn’t board a cruise ship without white gloves!
My logo is designed by my father Andrea della Frattina.
I try to make hats that are easy and comfortable to wear, never over the top but still with a strong sense of frivolity. I believe a hat must inspire, make you joyful, be a topic of conversation, and this is never achieved by staying too much on the safe side!
So far I've had very encouraging feedback from people.
My Vertigo inspired hat was selected for the 2016 London Hat Week!
An Italian fashion blogger wrote a very nice article about my hats ( https://sostylishsbys.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/larmonia-e-leleganza-del-brand-jcn-fascinators-little-hats-di-claudia-della-frattina
I had a Honorable Mention in the Mad Hatters Society contest "Outside of the Hatbox" ( https://www.facebook.com/notes/mad-hatters-society/2014-winners-list-2nd-annual-outside-of-the-hatbox-competition/904326189601104?pnref=story
a very successfull exhibition in Arezzo, Tuscany in May 2015 ( http://www.aglitteringwoman.com/i-sogni-nel-cappello-arezzo
and in Rome at Mercato Monti in September 2014 and November 2016.
Quotes about hats that inspired me:
"Wearing a hat versus not wearing a hat is the difference between looking adequate and looking your best" (Martha Sliter)
"Life is like a new hat. You don't know if it suits you if you keep trying it on in front of your own mirror" ( Shirley McLaine)
"Saying you don't look good in a hat is like saying you don't look good in shoes" (Unknown)
"We just know inside that we're queens. And these are the crowns we wear" (Felecia McMillan)
"Whenever you wear your hat, your day will be special" (Margo Nickel)
"I myself have 12 hats, and each one represents a different personality. Why just be yourself?" (Margaret Atwood)
"Wearing a hat is like having a baby or a puppy; everyone stops to coo and talk about it" (Louise Green)
"If a woman rebels against high heeled shoes, she should take care to do it in a very smart hat" (George Bernard Shaw)
"A hat will make you look solar, solemn, regal, joyful ... or bad, in the case of a wrong choice! A hat is the epitome of femininity in every sense of the frivolity this term lets imagine. And
let it be for a dress, a bag or a hat, the principle is always the same: Always choose the most noble fabrics!"
(Little Dictionary Of Fashion - Christian Dior, Ultra, 2013)
Materials I use:
Recycled high quality fabrics
A stiff coarse open textile woven in the Philippines chiefly from abaca.
Straw obtained from leaves of the Talipot palm.
Crinoline was originally a stiff fabric with a weft of horse-hair and a warp of cotton or linen thread. The fabric first appeared around 1830. Today it’s made of plastic or nylon, which are low in cost, lightweight and flexible.
All beads and brooches are vintage costume jewellery, surplus stock and samples from the fashion industry.
All feathers are sewn, not glued!