#theclochehat - 1920s July 16 2013

#welcome to Mish 'n' Mesh June 17 2013

Delighted to see you! From here, you can check out what's new, and also,read My Blog for many more conversation pieces.  There is always Studio Mayhem at Studio Karuansarai, now preparing design cuts for the Spring/Summer Collection 2013.  So watch this space.  Or better still, check FB/karuansarai.

The Fall/Winter Collection of French Inspired Cloches depicting the GATSBY era of the 1920's is a must see. Women of all ages are embracing it.

As we are just getting acquainted, learn more about Mish 'n' Mesh and the woman behind it all.  And, if you would like to just to say 'Hi'  in person, have a question or some feedback for us, it's welcome!

So please, do contact me





Margherita Caruana


Mish 'n' Mesh


#frame it! May 29 2013

A hat is mean't to frame your face.

I am constantly amazed by how so many people have simply no idea on how to wear a hat,

 let alone a cloche.  The brim should be parallel to your eyebrows and a finger's width above them.  

Handle it!   Handle your hat with both hands by the brim, on either side of the

crown.  It will damage your hat to pinch or crush the crown.  

Holding it!  Holding your hat, look inside the hat and line the label up so it will be centred at the back of your head when you wear it.  Place the inside front edge of the hat on your forehead and put the hat down and back setting it down on your head firmly.  Adjust its placement in front of a mirror.  

Tilt it!  Some hats look good with a little 'jaunt' or angle tilt to the brim.  Do not wear a hat on the back of your head!  

It is generally more flattering to have your hair softly flicked on forehead around your face.

#how to care for your wool felt cloche May 29 2013

Caring for your wool felt cloche is simple.  

Cleaning it!   A lint brush is all that is required to clean dust from your hat.  Mind, choose your lint brush well as some lint brushes can be too hard on some smooth wool felts, making the surface fuzzy or worse, causing those little balls.  Use an old soft toothbrush or a soft hat brush to brush up the nap of the hat after cleaning.  A light sponging is good as long as you don't get the hat soaking wet.  When the hat starts to look a little tired, have the hat professionally cleaned and blocked as it will return the snap and crispness and it will remove any deep embedded dirt.  Most times, all that is needed to refresh a hat is a good brushing.

Stuffing it!  The wool may not be washed.  Light rain will not damage the felt hat so long as you stuff the crown with wadded up acid free tissue paper to retain its shape and allow it to dry naturally.  Whatever you do, don't use newsprint or newspaper, those can be too acid and the acid can leach into the wool and ruin it.

Storing it! Store your hat properly, don't let it get crushed or squished, and don't store it anywhere damp or wet.  Preferably, if storing for a long period of time, try to store it in a hat box or use a pillow slip to keep it clean between wearing. 

A good hint!  Fill a muslin bag with lavender and place discreetly around wool felt whether it's in your wardrobe or closet.  French Lavender adds a fresh natural scent and is Non-toxic and Non-staining. 







Happy Wearing!


#fascinators September 12 2012

Popularity of the Fascinator has been increased by the Royals, who have become prolific fascinator wearers.  At the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in April 2011, various female guests arrived wearing a Fascinator.  Princess Beatrice of York wore a piece designed by the Irish Milliner, Philip Treacy.   The unusual shape & colour caused quite a media frenzy.

The modern Fascinator is a small ornamental headpiece that fits on the head using a headband or comb attachment.  Always lightweight and usually features feathers, beads or flowers.


How to Wear a Fascinator: The Fascinator sits at an angle on the head as if perching   on top of the well groomed hair and complimenting the look of the hair.

When to Wear a Fascinator: A Fascinator may be worn instead of a hat on occasions where hats were traditionally worn, such as weddings or as an evening accessory, and is generally worn with formal attire.  And particularly, worn by female racegoers at premium horse-racing events such as the Melbourne Cup or Royal Ascot.

The Fascinator, a classic hair accessory, here to stay for a while at least.