I loved hats so much I learnt how to create them

Craft in focus: Amélie Hélin has adored hats since she entered a hat shop for the first time, aged 17, and fell in love with all the different forms and styles.

“A hat finishes an outfit,” she said. “It is a beautiful and stylish accessory and I wear one whenever I can.”

She continued to visit the shop regularly, bought several hats and got to know the milliner, who offered her a job.

Qualified milliner Amélie Hélin making one of her hats

“I used to love advising the clients and finding the hat that suited each particular person’s style and need.

“I liked it so much that I decided to do a qualification to learn to make hats myself.”

Ms Hélin, now 31, studied for a CAP mode chapelier at Lyon to become a chapelier-modiste, the name given to someone who creates their own hat from idea to final article.

“It was a ...

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