Foreword#82 | August 2019With the production of materials and clothing being increasingly outsourced to low-wage countries in the past few decades, we have seen a countermovement emerge in recent years. Craftsmanship and sustainability have attracted a growing interest and the hype period is now well over. An increasing group of consumers find it important that the items they buy should be produced in a more responsible manner and last longer. Young people in particular are making demands in this direction, and we now see the new generation of motivated designers who work in the highly polluting fashion industry taking on this challenging task. An indication of this can be found in the collections that were shown during the international Graduate Fashion Week 2019 in London. That craftsmanship is high on the agenda also bears witness to the many design competitions that are organised annually. In this issue you can read more about the winning designs of the Feltmakers Design Award, the Dutch NHV Hat Competition and the Australian MAA Design Award. Beautiful craftsmanship was also much in evidence at Royal Ascot where the initially inclement weather was eclipsed by many wonderfully creative outfits. What is special about this kind of event is that no matter how extreme the weather, real enthusiasts and fashionistas cannot be restrained from sharing with us their meticulously assembled outfits, as witnessed at Pitti Uomo in Milan where the mercury rose above 35 degrees Celsius!Elly StemerdinkMeet The Hat Magazine teamElly Stemerdink Editor-in-chiefLauren Ritchie Editor and content creatorGreg Commons Content editorKaty Mackenzie Ad sales managerSusan Gleijm Graphic designer
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