Tina Kite Millinery
TinaKiteMillinery's Shop Policies
Thank you for your interest in Tina Kite Millinery. I am always available to answer questions. Do not hesitate to contact me if you need further information or clarification about my pieces, making a payment, shipping, anything! I want you to enjoy your purchase!
About my hats: Each one is unique and one of a kind. I use a variety of straws for spring and summer and often hand dye. For fall and winter I use wool felt and velour felt. I also like to re-purpose vintage hats and turn them into something fantastic.
When I block a hat I use mostly wooden vintage hat blocks from the 30s and 40s. The material has to be wet then pulled over the block, tacked down, and dried for 24-48 hours to take on the shape of the block. I then cut off the material from the block, sew a wire on the brim, place a sweatband on the inside with my label and then go to work on adorning the outside - my favorite part! Each hat takes 7-10 days to finish.
About my sculpted hats:
This process is very unique and the most creative! Once I have a base made, I allow the material to move itself into the shape it desires at that moment. It's an amazing process to experience and each time I make one I learn something new about the material and myself. I use either elastic (black or off white), which is hidden at the back of the head, or a comb to secure in the hair and head. These pieces are very light and should be worn forward and titled dramatically to the side.
Care of hats:
All work is quite fragile. Care for your new hat. by handling with clean. dry hands, and picked up from the brim and not the crown - so save crushing it. If you leave the hat out, be sure to dust off by using a can or air, yes, you read correctly. They are sold at office supplies stores and do a good job. Storing in a hatbox is preferred to keep the hats for generations. But I also recommend having it out so you are moved to wear it often. Most importantly. when not wearing, keep from direct sunlight and moisture. Feathers, straw and ribbon can fade quickly in direct sunlight.
Please note that colors may vary slightly on different computer monitors
I accept all major credit cards. Payments are processed through PayPal in U.S. dollars. A PayPal account is not necessary to process your payment. Simply use a major credit card at checkout.
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Payment is expected at the time of purchase. Unfortunately, if payment is not received after one day, order will be automatically canceled.
All U.S. orders ship United States Postal Service, Priority.
Please contact me if you have a special shipping request before placing an order.
International buyers are responsible for additional Customs taxes, VAT tax, and duty. Tina Kite Millinery does not collect for foreign governments.
Shipping time for International Priority Mail is 6-10 business days.
Shipping time International Express Mail is 3-5 business days.
Please note that packages may be delayed by customs or government inspections. Please allow additional time for delivery.
Refunds and Exchanges
All sales are final.
However, in the unhappy event that your item has somehow arrived damaged, please let me know! I will happily work out an arrangement with you for a replacement or refund.
Please contact me by "conversation" or email promptly so that I may address your concerns as soon as possible. I want you to be happy with your purchase and enjoy each piece!
Additional Policies and FAQs
If you have a special or heirloom piece from clothing, ribbon, jewelry, etc. that you would like me to include in the trimming of your hat please Convo me and I am happy to include your piece into a custom piece for you. This is also great for brides who like to include something "old" and something "borrowed", Think, a piece of fabric or lace from Grandma's wedding dress! I've done this on many occasions.
Some pieces are also available for wholesale and consignment. Please contact me if you are interested in discussing prices.
See my website for examples of all my work www.tinakite.com
I appreciate the opportunity to share my work with you!
Studio in Atlanta open by appointment. Contact 404-932-6453 to schedule an appointment.
Last Updated December 22, 2012