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Festival Brides Love: Bridal Hairpieces by Feather & Coal

20 Aug

FandCP105closeuplarge What’s up, beautiful brides!

So, when Laura featured the amazing pieces of Feather & Coal in her Crowned Bride article back in June, it’s safe to say that the entire FBrides office fell head over heels for the brand and we just couldn’t wait to get more of F&C’s beautiful collection on the blog!

Today it’s my pleasure to introduce the lovely Emily Kent to you, absolute girl boss supreme and the creative genius behind the bridal hair pieces of Feather & Coal.

This gal dreams big, and boy does she dream beautiful! Y’all are  gonna swoon so hard when you see what Feather & Coal has to offer, so let’s get to it, shall we?…

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Tell us a little about yourself…

I am Emily! My absolute passion in life has always been hairstyling. It’s all I’ve ever done and I am entering my 16th year now… Gulp!

I keep busy – to say the least – and have been incredibly lucky to have some amazing jobs in my career across fashion, music, TV etc. I have also had consulting roles, written for some of the glossies and started my own companies.

Aside from that my life consists of going on as many food based holidays that we can manage each year; cooking, eating and looking for exciting recipes. I want a dog more than anyone else you’ll ever meet, I also love interiors, vintage Japanese fabric and turquoise jewellery.

Haha, it sounds like we have a lot in common! Ok, so if you had a chance to go to any music festival, which one would it be?

Myself, my fella and friends definitely enjoy a festival and go to at least one every year…our taste has somewhat changed over the years and the one that suits us best now is Wilderness. I describe it as the best ever ever ever school/village fete you could ever dream of going to and then some. It is perfect for us and every year we leave wishing we had more time there. Its magical.

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What made you decide to start Feather & Coal?

I am a hairstylist first and foremost, that is my day job. I have owned my own bridal hair and make up agency for the past 4 years, representing and training some of the best UK artists in this field, but life takes you down some interesting roads doesn’t it? Next thing you know you are starting a bridal headwear range!

I have had SO many bridal clients throughout my career, one thing led to another and Feather & Coal was born. This is my latest venture and it is a business of the most organic origin possible, I think. I have never studied design or millinery, I’ve never been to uni, but instead what took me down this route was my hands on experience working with hair.

Notes and scribbles turned into mocked up prototypes and samples which then developed into a real collection that I am so incredibly happy with. I think that experience really has been my most valuable asset in getting F&C going. I have simply designed pieces that I would like to see in hair and that I would enjoy working with, that is literally as simple as it is. I have started with a small collection of 6 but have a lot more designs up my sleeves.

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Tell us a little bit more about the collection…

The main thing I hope that we offer is an alternative to the norm.

I have seen it all when it comes to accessories… The very very good and the very very bad. Of course each to their own, but some of the overly jazzy, cheaply made, badly designed items I have seen over the years have stuck with me, and not in a good way.

Accessories are not mandatory, and I tried to really think about that within the collection. Brides should be buying these pieces because they absolutely love them and can’t live without them and the thought of something I have created having that effect gives me tingles.

What are some of your favourite memories + experiences from previous brides you’ve worked with?

Feather & Coal is very new, only within our first 3 months in fact, so at the moment I can’t really remember all the interaction with the brides we have sold to. As I said though, it’s a massive buzz being the designer of something that simply makes another person happy.

It’s different to my normal work styling hair, it feels different to that. It’s a really exciting prospect, seeing images after the wedding of how they made their whole look come together.


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What are your future plans for Feather & Coal?

I want F&C to run along side my agency and the two feed into each other.

Designing the pieces has been one of the most personally rewarding experiences of my career. I hope that season after season we are able to bring something new and fresh to the market, I feel so much passion and drive to push the company forward… I feel as strong as Tina Turner’s hair!

Awesome stuff! We’ll look forward to seeing more! Finally, what’s your life quote?

Things never seem that bad after you listen to Bob Marley.

Piece 102 sidejpg Piece 105 sidejpg …Ok, so I’m having a major ‘If I could do it all again’ moment!

Seriously though – I reckon we’d have a hard choosing between those six gorgeous designs, let alone then choosing how to style them! We heart the versatility of each design so much!

If you’re looking for the perfect bohemian piece to complete your look, safe to say Feather & Coal is a pretty rad place to find it!

Peace + Love

Clare X

Festival Brides Love: Rosie Willett Designs

29 Jul

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Oh BOY do we have a sparkly treat for you gals today: meet Rosie Willett Designs, the most incredible designer of bridal headdresses… Like really, prepare to swoon your little heart out!

We’ve gotten the low dow on all her fabulous pieces, the inspiration behind her collection and an exclusive discount code for our readers, so keep on scrolling, babes!

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Tell us a little about yourself…

I am a designer of bridal headpieces and jewellery and my company is Rosie Willett Designs. My background is in fashion and textiles, so I love colour and I’m inspired by nature. There’s nothing I love more than walking around a garden of beautiful flowers.

If you had a chance to go to any music festival, which one would it be?

I would love to go to The Secret Garden Party festival in Cambridgeshire. As well as some great bands, there’s boating and swimming in the lake, games, art, vintage clothes and luxury camping, which is a must for me. I’m not very good at slumming it!

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What made you decide to start Rosie Willett Designs?

I was designing headpieces whilst at Northumbria University studying Fashion Marketing. It started as a hobby and grew into a part time business as I began supplying a local bridal boutique. After graduating with a First Class Honours Degree, I decided to launch the business properly and I now work full time at Rosie Willett Designs. At the time the business started, most of the bridal headpieces on the market were mass produced and traditional in style. I felt that I could offer a stylish alternative for brides looking for something more special.

Tell us a little bit more about your pieces…

I make each and every headpiece individually by hand, using Swarovski crystal and pearl. More recently, I have been working with some beautiful Mother of Pearl flowers and freshwater pearl, which has a lovely natural look. I also use French lace and silks in some of my work. There is a wide range of styles in my collection, including bohemian forehead bands, delicate hair vines, floral headbands, side tiaras and combs.

What are some of your favourite memories + experiences from previous brides you’ve worked with?

I really enjoy making bespoke orders and I’ve recently made a headpiece for a bride whose inspiration was her mother’s own wedding headpiece. I recreated it for her but updated the design so that it was more current. I thought it was such a lovely idea and I can’t wait to see her photographs. Another favourite is the hair vine I created for model Georgia Horsley’s wedding to McBusted’s Danny Jones. Their wedding was featured on the cover of Hello! Magazine and the ‘Georgia’ hair vine is now my best selling design.

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If our readers were to order your headdresses, or create a bespoke design with you for their wedding, what can they expect?

My customers always tell me that customer service at Rosie Willett Designs is second to none. They are often surprised that they can correspond directly with the designer, but I think this is so important as it’s a personal service and I can offer the best advice on my own designs. Brides often contact me with questions about the right headpiece to suit their hair style or dress and I’m happy to help with this. Bespoke orders involve an even more personal service as I send sketches and photographs of the piece in progress to ensure that the bride is happy with the design I create.

I feel this customer testimonial sums up what Rosie Willett Designs is all about:

“After searching online for what seemed like hours, I came across Rosie Willett Designs. I fell in love with a number of headdresses but after I saw the ‘Georgia’ headpiece I knew it was perfect for the look I was going for. I emailed Rosie to ask her a few questions and she couldn’t have been more helpful.  She assisted me with my ribbon tie colour choice and also helped me to choose the perfect earrings to go with the headdress. I can’t thank or praise her enough for her professionalism and help. I absolutely loved wearing the headdress and got so many compliments on the day and afterwards as people have seen photos. I felt it was very individual and gave me a different look to other brides which is what I wanted. It’s beautifully made and is of a high quality. Thank you so much”

How do you know if a Rosie Willett piece is right for your wedding?

I am getting married myself this September, so I have first hand experience of choosing the best suppliers to work with. I think one of the most important things is attention to detail. As an accessories designer, this comes naturally to me, but I’ve come across some suppliers where this has been lacking. I have chosen to work with people who have gone out of their way to help me and who seem to genuinely care about my wedding as much as I do. I will always do my utmost to help customers find their perfect headpiece.

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What’s your best piece of advice for brides who’re trying to choose their wedding headpiece?

The dress should always be chosen first, with accessories that will help to bring your look together. For example, a soft and floaty bohemian dress looks beautiful when accessorised with a forehead band or soft lace flowers in the hair. Hairstyle is also an important consideration. Most headpieces at Rosie Willett Designs are versatile and can be worn with hair up or down, but some look better with particular hairstyles so it’s helpful if you have a rough idea of this before ordering your headpiece. You should also try to coordinate and balance your jewellery with your headpiece. Rosie Willett Designs offers a wide selection of jewellery to complement all of our headpiece designs.

Finally, what’s your life quote/motto?

“Make your own path”. I’ve learned that following the herd doesn’t really suit me and finding the confidence to do my own thing has made me much happier. Individuality and the things we do differently from others is what makes people interesting.

Visit Rosie Willett’s website to see her range of bridal tiaras and hair vines, including the ‘Georgia’, created for Georgia Horsley’s wedding to McBusted’s Danny Jones.

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We love the stunning boho edge that Rosie gives to her sparkly pieces, and what’s more we’ve got an exclusive 20% discount code for our Festival Brides! Simple quote FESTIVAL20 at the checkout!

Happy shopping beautiful brides and be sure to tag us on Instagram so we can see your beautiful Rosie Willett pieces!

Peace + Love

Clare X

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