Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Helen Loves... Merrimaking

Let's talk about hoods.

Animal hoods, to be specific. I've written about Merrimaking before, but have never really given them the spotlight they deserve. Animal hoods, hats and other accessories are big news at the moment. River Island have got a tiger hood/hat hybrid type thing for sale, as well as numerous bear hats and gloves. Topshop have got an owl hat, amongst others.

Let me tell you one thing, Merrimaking do it better. Fact. The business started in the summer of 2009 when, fresh out of university, Meg and Harri made 30 hoods and flogged them at Green Man Festival. And now? Well, in their words... "Merrimaking is existing as a design house dedicated to hand and custom-made pieces by independent designers."

Hoods are the main order of the day, just a few of which can be seen below, but the website also stocks incredible capes (MAJOR WANT) and this amazing sweater with the longest sleeves I've ever seen.

L-R: leopard, baby leopard, tiger, fox, lamb, wolf, custom (seriously, these girls can make you any animal you like) and bear. You can either buy them unlined and raw or, for a few extra pounds, request a lining of your choice from the selection available.

I own three. Yes, three. I have a serious hood addiction.

Wolf, March 2010 & Tiger @ Glastonbury, June 2010

I love the first two, really I do. But they've been completely blown out of the water by the third addition to my hood menagerie, which arrived today.... THE EWOK!!!

Oh look at my ewok impression. What am I please.

Seriously though, Merrimaking are such a lovely little company and they deserve all the success in the world. And, before you ask, I'm not being paid to write this and I've paid for all my hoods with my hard earned pennies. So there.

There's a permanent link to Merrimaking over in the left hand sidebar and I implore you to use it.

Animal hoods will make your life better and more enjoyable. Fact.


Please Don't Eat With Your Mouth Open said...

I'm not joking when I say I've h'actually been looking for some furry ears, hood style (not hat) for a while now.

The question is, panda or fox?

pinkjellybaby said...

I really want one but i'm not too sure I can pull it off

Amy said...

I was sceptical when I read the first half of the post. Then I read the second half, and OHMYGODIWANTONE.

arnique said...

This is hilarious! I want to get a dozen for my sibs and cousins so we can REALLY be animals when our parents call us that for being noisy and wild. :))

Arianne from A + B in the Sea

Helen said...

Please Don't - PANDA! Although fox is next on my list...

PJB - Yes you bloody can! You'd look adorable!

Amy - Hoods > scepticism

Arnique - You definitely need to invest!!

Rhamnousia @ Desi Girl Does Makeup said...


I've wanted one for ages and I never knew where to buy them or what to search for, I felt a tool searching "animal hats" or something equally weird.

Thank you!!

miridunn said...
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miridunn said...

I make animal hoods, as well. The tradition goes back to the 14th century according to some sources. I have made everything from a purple cow to a zebra and love making them!

You can see them here if you'd like to see my style