The other night I went to dinner with two of my greatest friends Steve and Marina, they are Denton Hats, the best hatters in the country. Steve was Mr Christys’, for well over twenty years he did everything there and now makes his own hats which are the best. Marina designs the most beautiful ladies hats.
We of course went to Ramano’s another dear friend, he fussed Marina with Champagne cocktails, a fabulous dinner wines and liqueurs, he joined us for a drink and a chat. It was a splendid evening.
What stood out from the evening is what Steve said about Marina.
I met a girl,
I married a lady,
I now live with a women.
That sums them up, they are a team, they are as one and complement each other wonderfully.
They have a grown up family of beautiful and clever twin girls and a handsome and clever boy who is in the business.
They have achieved a great deal and are young enough to achieve a great deal more . Steve has already achieved a dream he had as a young man to bring hatting back to Denton, that local boy has done it and he’s going to do more, a lot more.
Good luck my friends, you know I will always be there for you as you were there for me. As Dan the son said to me “us Manchester people stick by our friends, Bill”. Indeed they do.
Oh, Steve started at Christy’s’ when he was sixteen, he did a seven year apprenticeship and as the Evening Standard wrote about him that’s how long it takes to become a doctor. Steve’s the last working hatting apprentice in the UK and there’s nothing he doesn’t know about making a hat. I call him “The Hands On Hatter” he’s not one for sitting in the office, he’d rather be down and at it, making hats.
Incidentally Denton is the home of hats, they started making hats there in 1702. How about that!