Pachacuti – A Millinery Delight
Pachacuti (pronounced pa-cha-coo-ti) is a hat company I had the pleasure of meeting whilst I was at Somerset house during London Fashion Week last week. I was immediately drawn to them because they make hats, and you should know by now how I feel about hats. However, these are not just any hats. These are hand woven certified World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) hats made in Ecuador from organically grown crops from a community-owned plantation which encourages biodiversity of plants and animals. Owner, Carry Somers, has made it her mission to train a new generation of weavers, ensure sustainability and fairly remunerate the present generation of weavers. To read more about Carry, and this is definitely worth a read, click here.
I am in love with many of Pachacuti’s hats. They are traditional, sharp and brimming (excuse the pun) with style. Already, by the time you buy one, they are full of history, with their own individual story to tell, because they’ve been lovingly handmade by a local Ecuadorian in a village somewhere we may never get to visit. Not all their hats are woven, many are made from felt, finished off with beautifully glossy textured ribbon with the softest, prettiest sustainably-sourced feathers tucked in at a jaunty angle to top off these artistic creations. Frankly, I’m now in a pickle as to which style I would choose, because I literally am spoilt for choice. I think you’ll understand why.
Here are my favourites I am torn by:
With my last name as Archer, I believe the decision of which hat I should choose has already been made for me, and this beauty makes my little heart melt…Mum, you know its my birthday soon? Well, shall I send you my head measurements?