It can take months, sometimes even years to develop a perfect piece. Each project work being challenging and constant interaction between myself and the customer it brings great pleasure to me as a designer.
To get my newest head wear design tested in as many occasions as possible, one crispy day of February I asked my model - and a top chef - friend Rosa to pack a day bag and we headed off to Suomenlinna Fortress Island in Helsinki.
Despite being exposed to nearly stormy wind and -10 degrees she seems pretty cozy in the brim hat doesn't she! And that's how she verbally reviewed it too. Except when the brim was stripped off, she said the hat wasn't very warm. Naturally that would be the case as the zip is placed at the forehead level and the edge of the brimless hat doesn't cover the ears properly so. Anyways at the end of the day I had it very clear in my head how to fine tune the lines and features of the hat it to be just as cosy while brimless too - what a helpful day it was, thanks to Rosa!
To support the experimental feedback gotten for the design I recently submitted it to the A' Design Award 2015 competition to seek for the world wide jury's opinion on it.
The functional idea was liked lots however scored as a runner-up at this stage of the design process the international jury saying the design needs some little further development to be perfect. Once again I'm grateful for the feedback and very inspired to work on the improved 2 in 1 brim hat - The fascinating design process will go on!