April 22, 2014

10th Stroll with a Hat – Pick up your hat and join us for a stroll!

Filed under: Millinery trivia and events,Passejada 2014,Passejada amb Barret — Cristina de Prada @ 11:32 pm



On Sunday April 27th 2014, the tenth edition of Barcelona’s Stroll with a Hat will take place, starting at noon on the corner of Rambla Catalunya and Diagonal.

The Stroll with a Hat (Passejada amb Barret), an event open to all hat lovers, started its life in 2005 by the hand of milliners Nina Pawlowsky and Cristina de Prada who have since taken care of its organization. Year after year the number of strollers has increased spectacularly until reaching a record participation of one thousand people in 2013. Anything goes, not only the classic hat, but also caps, turbans, bowlers, fascinators, top hats, etc.

To get a taste you can visit the hat exhibition “Joies al cap – Barrets del segle 21” at Centre d’Artesania Catalunya from April 10th to May 11th at 11 Banys Nous street.

For more details and access to the press kit we recommend you visit the website: www.ambbarret.com


Don’t forget your hat!



El domingo 27 de abril de 2014 a las 12 del mediodía se celebrará la décima edición del Paseo con Sombrero de Barcelona, que empezará en la Rambla de Catalunya a la altura de la Avenida Diagonal.

La Passejada amb Barret de Barcelona es un evento abierto a todos los amantes de esta singular prenda y nace en el año 2005 por iniciativa de las modistas de sombreros Nina Pawlowsky y Cristina de Prada, que se encargan de la su organización. Año tras año el número de participantes ha ido creciendo espectacularmente, hasta llegar al récord de 2013 con más de mil personas participando con su sombrero en la cabeza.  Todo vale, no solamente el clásico sombrero, sino también gorras, tocados, turbantes, bombines y un largo etcétera. Es una manera especial de pasar un buen rato y dar la bienvenida a la primavera.

Para ir haciendo boca podéis visitar la exposición de sombreros “Joies al cap – Barrets del segle 21” en el Centre d’Artesania Catalunya del 10 de abril al 11 de mayo en la calle Banys Nous 11.

Para más detalles y acceso al kit de prensa os recomendamos visitéis la web: www.ambbarret.com


¡No olvidéis el sombrero!



El diumenge 27 d’abril de 2014 a les 12 del migdia es celebrarà la desena edició de la Passejada amb Barret de Barcelona, que començarà a la Rambla de Catalunya a l’alçada de l’Avinguda Diagonal.

La Passejada amb Barret de Barcelona és un esdeveniment obert a tots els amants d’aquesta singular peça i neix l’any 2005 a iniciativa de les modistes de barrets Nina Pawlowsky i Cristina de Prada, que s’encarreguen de la seva organització. Any rere any el nombre de participants ha anat creixent espectacularment, fins a arribar al rècord de 2013 amb més de mil persones participant amb el seu barret al cap.  Tot val, no solament el clàssic barret, sinó també gorres, capells de còctel, turbants, bombins i un llarg etcètera. És una manera especial de passar una bona estona i donar la benvinguda a la primavera.

Per anar fent boca podeu visitar l’exposició “JOIES AL CAP: Barrets del segle 21” al Centre d’Artesania Catalunya del 10 d’abril al 11 de maig al carrer Banys Nous 11.

Per més detalls i accés al kit de premsa, us recomanem visiteu la web: www.ambbarret.com


No oblideu el barret!

April 12, 2014

A hat made of a hat… or what I call a "meta-hat"

This is the hat I made for last year’s  Stroll with a Hat (Passejada amb Barret).

Whether or not to sketch before making a hat is something that is often discussed in the forums. I think it simply depends on the type of hat, and possibly on your working process. I enjoy sketching although I’m not particularly good at it, but it works for me. Many sketches don’t get to become a hat, but I often review old sketches for self-inspiration. From sketch to finished product it’s often a long process with many changes. In this case the hat started as an open hat box, and it was only later on that I decided to add the top hat:


My choice of material for the structure of the hat was “toile gommée”, a very stiff canvas that is sold in France and that is very hard to work with, but that added the stiffness required for the hat box. It’s very hard to sew through, so it’s not my material of choice. It can be blocked because the stiffener softens with steam and water, but it takes muscle!


The hat box is made of tie silk that comes in narrow bolts intended to make gentelman’s ties. I think this silk is what inspired me to make the hat because it just talks hat box to me. The “tissue paper” inside of the box is silk organza (from a leftover piece that my friend Paco Peralta gave me), and the hat is made of silk shantung to match the green cape that Paco made for me.

The most difficult part was the top hat, making sure all stitches where hidden and the fabric was nice and tight. Going “miniature” makes life very difficult, particularly with such a thick material as the toile gommée. But that stiffness of the material is what allowed me to flare the top of the hat with my hands with some water and when it dried it was rock hard.

Meta-hat1Another important moment when making a hat is deciding where and how to sew the elements that make it. I used two plastic headbands, covered with elastic cotton velvet ribbon, and I played a little with the position of the hat…


I wore this hat in Madrid for the Head over Heels event organized by Value Retail Spain at Las Rozas Outlet. Stephen Jones was the mentor of that event and we had the good fortune of getting an inspiring talk from him. I love that he praised those of us (all milliners) that were wearing a hat at the moment, if we don’t wear hats who is going to? And the big surprise? There were a few of his hats on display and one of them was a hat box with hats, how crazy is that?! Here you can see it, on the left, behind the great man himself. Could they be more different and yet spring from the same idea?:


And here I am, wearing the final product, on the day of the Stroll with a Hat, next to my good friend Nina Pawlowsky:


October 1, 2013

9th Stroll with a Hat – 9ª Passejada amb Barret – 9º Paseo con Sombrero

Filed under: Millinery trivia and events,Passejada 2013,Passejada amb Barret — Cristina de Prada @ 9:24 pm

(texto en castellano debajo – Spanish text below)

Nina Pawlowsky and I are working hard at getting things ready for next years Stroll with a Hat (it will be its 10th edition no less), and as we get our hands dirty I realize I did not write anything on my blog about this years edition and it’s been a few months since it took place!

And would you believe it? 1000 commemorative badges flew off our hands and some people did not manage to get theirs! Bottom line? More than 1000 people participated on this years Stroll with a Hat, and it certainly felt like we were a multitude. There were friends that attended and I didn’t even get to see them through the crowd!

As always it was an amazing experience for everyone!

Fotos Passejada 2013

My hat was a whimsical headpiece composed of an open mini hat box with a mini top hat perched atop, I will give you more detains of how I made it in a future blog entry. I also wore an amazing green silk cape, 50’s style, made by my favorite couturier, Paco Peralta.

If you want to see more, take a look at the flickr group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/passejada2013 where some of the participants of the event hanged their pictures.

And the best thing of all?… We had a glorious sunny day!


Spanish text follows – Aquí sigue el texto en castellano:

Nina Pawlowsky y yo estamos trabajando duramente de cara a la próxima Passejada amb Barret (Paseo con Sombrero). Será la 10ª edición y queremos que sea especial. Mientras estamos de preparativos me he dado cuenta de que no había escrito nada en mi blog acerca de la Passejada de este año y eso que ya han pasado unos meses!

Parecerá increible pero 1000 chapas conmemorativas (que regalamos cada año – desde hace 5 años – a los participantes) volaron rumbo a personas ensombreradas y algunos incluso se quedaron sin la suya. ¿Conclusión? Más de 1000 personas participaron en el paseo, y la sensación fue también de muchedumbre pues hubo amigos que participaron y a los que no llegué a ver!

Fotos Passejada 20131

Como siempre una experiencia única para todos!

Mi sombrero consistía en una divertida toca compuesta de una mini caja sombrerera con un mini sombrero de copa apoyado encima, ya os daré más detalles en el blog en un futuro próximo.


Si queréis ver más fotos, os recomiendo que vayáis al grupo de Flickr en la que los participantes han colgado sus fotos: http://www.flickr.com/groups/passejada2013.

¿Y lo mejor de todo? Lució un sol espléndido.

April 2, 2013

9th Stroll with a Hat – 9º Paseo con Sombrero – 9ª Passejada amb Barret

Filed under: Millinery trivia and events,Passejada 2013,Passejada amb Barret — Cristina de Prada @ 10:37 am

Poster of the 9th Stroll with a Hat

Next Sunday April 7th 2013 the 9th edition of Barcelona’s Stroll with a Hat will take place. If you’re in Barcelona, do not miss it!! And don’t forget to wear your hat! For more details visit the website: www.ambbarret.com

El próximo domingo 7 de abril de 2013 celebraremos la 9ª edición del Paseo con Sombrero de Barcelona. Si estás en Barcelona, no te lo pierdas!! Y no olvides ponerte sombrero! Para más detalles visita la web: www.ambbarret.com

El proper diumenge 7 d’abril de 2013 celebrem la 9ª edició de la Passejada amb Barret de Barcelona. Si ets a Barcelona, no t’ho perdis!! I no oblidis posar-te el barret! Per més detalls visita el web: www.ambbarret.com

May 23, 2012

Amazing success of the 8th Stroll with a Hat!! ¡¡Gran éxito de la 8a Passejada amb Barret!!

Filed under: Millinery trivia and events,Passejada 2012,Passejada amb Barret — Cristina de Prada @ 8:33 am

This year we have been around 600 participants in Barcelona’s 8th Stroll with a Hat. How do we know we were so many? Easy!! We give away a free badge to those that join us wearing a hat, and we had 500 of those to give. We run out and many people did not get theirs.

Este año hemos sido cerca de 600 participantes en la 8ª Passejada amb Barret (Paseo con Sombrero) de Barcelona. ¿Cómo sabemos que hemos sido tantos? ¡Fácil! Hemos regalado una chapa conmemorativa a todo el que llevaba sombrero, y teníamos 500 chapas para dar. Se nos acabaron y mucha gente se quedó sin la suya.

Group picture 8ª Passejada amb Barret 2012

We had people from all ages (even newborns) join in, and styles rainging from street wear to very elegant. The weather forecast predicted heavy showers, but we had sun from beginning to end. Shortly after the Stroll ended it begun to rain.

Participó gente de todas las edades (incluso recién nacidos), y los estilos iban desde ropa de calle hasta muy elegante. La predicción del tiempo prometió lluvias, pero tuvimos sol de principio a fin. Al poco de acabar la Passejada empezó a llover.

We even had a dog wearing a hat!

Incluso participó un perro, tocado con sombrero!

An ideal girls day out.

Un día ideal para salir con las amigas.

Participantes en la Passejada amb Barret

Or an excuse to meet with friends…

O una excusa para quedar con los amigos…

Dora y amigos

Nina Pawlowsky (right) and I celebrating the end of such a successful edition of our Stroll with a Hat.

Nina Pawlowsky (derecha) y yo celebrando el éxito de la 8ª Passejada amb Barret a su llegada a la Gran Vía, punto final.

Cristina y Nina

On a personal note, I would like to thank Paco Peralta, couturier, for the wonderful jacket he made for me. I made a coordinating hat for myself and a cap for Peter. Paco is the one with the Stetson hat on the photo below, to her right is Isabel, his sister wearing one of the hats I made for last years Hat Designer of the Year competition.

En una nota personal, quisiera darle las gracias a Paco Peralta, modisto, por la maravillosa chaqueta que me hizo. Yo me hice un sombrero coordinado y una gorra para Peter. Paco es el que lleva el sombrero Stetson en la foto de abajo, a su derecha podéis ver a Isabel, su hermana con uno de los sombreros que hice el año pasado para la competición Hat Designer of the Year.

Foto de grupo Passejada

I was also very happy that my brother Joaquín was wearing my late father’s Panama hat (that he bought at Sombrerería Mil), we had been searching for that hat for a while and a few months ago we found it stored away in a shelf. On the other hand, my mother could not join us because of health problems and we missed her very much.

Me alegró mucho que mi hermano Joaquín se pusiera el Panamá que mi padre (que falleció en 1991) se había comprado en la Sombrerería Mil, hace tiempo que estabamos buscando ese sombrero y finalmente lo encontramos guardado en un estante hace unos meses. Por otro lado, echamos mucho de menos a mi madre que por razones de salud no pudo venir.

Cristina and Joaquín with Panama hat

If you wish to see images of the Stroll with a Hat taken by the participants I encourage you to visit the Flickr group for this years event.

Si queréis ver las imagenes de la Passejada amb Barret (Paseo con Sombrero) tomadas por los participantes os invito a visitar el grupo de Flick de este año.

February 29, 2012

VIII Passejada amb Barret – Paseo con Sombrero – Stroll with a Hat

Filed under: Millinery trivia and events,Passejada 2012,Passejada amb Barret — Cristina de Prada @ 1:45 pm

The Passejada amb barret (Stroll with a hat) is a popular cultural event that invites all of those interested to take a stroll wearing their hats. It’s a way to welcome the spring with a hat and have a good time.

Organized by Barcelona milliners Nina Pawlowsky and Cristina de Prada, this event is inspired on the “Easter Parade” which is particularly popular in the city of New York where traffic is cut on 5th Avenue and people take to the streets wearing their hats.

La Passejada amb barret is the excuse that hat lovers needed to buy a new hat or dust off an old one and get out on the street wearing their favorite accessory. Anything goes, not only a classic hat, but also caps, cocktail hats, turbans, bowlers and a long etcetera.

La Passejada starts at noon on the corner of Rambla Catalunya and Diagonal where the sculpture of the flirtatious Giraffe is. Ffrom there we will walk down Rambla Catalunya until we reach Gran Via, where the sculpture of the thinking bull is.

We look forward to seeing you on April 15th at noon, wearing a hat, of course!!

La Passejada amb barret (Paseo con sombrero) es un evento cultural popular que invita a todo aquél que quiera a pasearse con sombrero. Es una manera de pasar un buen rato y dar la bienvenida a la primavera.

Organizado por las sombrereras barcelonesas Nina Pawlowsky y Cristina de Prada, el evento está inspirado en el concepto americano del “Easter Parade”, que es particularmente popular en la ciudad de Nueva York, donde tradicionalmente el domingo de Pascua se cierra al tráfico un tramo grande de la 5ª Avenida para que la gente salga a pasear con sombrero.

La Passejada amb barret es la excusa que los amantes del sombrero necesitan para comprarse un sombrero nuevo o desempolvar uno que tenían guardado y así salir a la calle con su accesorio preferido. Todo vale, no solo el clásico sombrero, sino también gorras, tocados, turbantes, bombines y un largo etcétera.

La Passejada empieza a las 12 del mediodía en Rambla de Catalunya con Diagonal, donde está la escultura de la Jirafa coqueta y acaba a la altura de la Gran Vía en la estatua del Buey pensante.

Os esperamos a todas y todos el 15 de abril a las 12 del mediodía… con sombrero, ¡¡naturalmente!!

La Passejada amb barret és un esdeveniment cultural popular que convida tothom que vulgui a passejar-se amb barret. És una manera de passar una bona estona i donar la benvinguda a la primavera.

Organitzat per les capelleres barcelonines Nina Pawlowsky i Cristina de Prada, l’esdeveniment està inspirat en el concepte americà del “Easter Parade”, que és particularment popular a la ciutat de Nova York on tradicionalment el diumenge de Pasqua es tanca al tràfic un tram de la 5ª Avinguda perquè la gent surti a passejar amb barret.

La Passejada amb barret és l’excusa que els amants del barret necessiten per comprar-se un barret nou o desempolsar un que tenien guardat i així sortir al carrer amb el seu accessori preferit. Tot val, no solament el clàssic barret, sinó també gorres, toques, turbants, bombins i un llarg etcètera.

La Passejada comença a les 12 del migdia a Rambla de Catalunya amb Diagonal, on està l’escultura de la Girafa coqueta i acaba a l’altura de la Gran Via a l’estàtua del Bou pensant.

Us esperem a totes i tots el 15 d’abril a les 12 del migdia… amb barret, naturalment!!


May 11, 2011

Living the HAT dream

Filed under: Millinery trivia and events,Passejada 2011,Passejada amb Barret — Cristina de Prada @ 9:22 pm


I had a dream. It was a sunny day and I was pleasantly walking down my favorite street in Barcelona with friends. 500 friends. All wearing their hats. For once I was not the odd one out, the weirdo with a hat, if anyone felt out of place it was the occasional bare headed pedestrian looking in surprise at that endless sea of hats.

Only it wasn’t a dream. It really happened.

Last Sunday May 8th close to 500 hat lovers joined forces and shared their love for hats in a festive stroll down Rambla Catalunya in Barcelona. The press were there, TV channels, newspapers, all in awe at the incredible number of people that had showed up.

Even better, we had a police escort that made sure we didn’t have to stop for the incoming traffic. I thought I would never see it, but there it was, the busiest street in Barcelona, Aragó, with it’s traffic stopped to allow us, all 500 of us,  safe crossing. Amazing.

Nina Pawlowsky and I (Cristina de Prada) want to thank everyone that took part in this event and turned it into the success that it was.


I hope to see you all next year, the VIII Passejada amb Barret (Stroll with a hat) will take place on April 15th 2012.

February 14, 2011

VII Passejada amb Barret 2011 – Wear your hat and take a stroll with us!

Filed under: Millinery trivia and events,Passejada 2011,Passejada amb Barret — Cristina de Prada @ 9:34 pm

VII Passejada amb Barret 2011 - Low res

Come to Barcelona and wear your hat!

Next May 8th 2011 (Sunday) at noon we will wear our hats and take a stroll down Barcelona’s emblematic street, Rambla Catalunya. This will be the seventh edition of the “Passejada amb Barret” (Hat Stroll), our version of the Easter Parade that takes place every year on the Sunday after Easter (although this year it will be delayed one week to avoid clashing with any 1st of May events). We will be meeting in Rambla Catalunya / Diagonal (where the sculpture of the giraffe is). This year we will have people coming from far and wide, so why not plan your trip and join us on this wonderful event. It’s the excuse you need to get (or make) a new hat, and visit Barcelona ¡See you!

¡Ponte el sombrero y ven!

El próximo 8 de mayo 2011 (domingo) te esperamos en Barcelona para dar un paseo con sombrero. Celebramos la séptima edición de la “Passejada amb Barret”. El punto de encuentro será Rambla Catalunya esquina con Diagonal (donde la escultura de la jirafa) a las 12 del medio día. El paseo será a lo largo de Rambla Cataluña hasta la Gran Vía. Es la excusa que necesitabas para comprarte (o hacerte) un sombrero nuevo  ¡Nos vemos!

¡Posat el barret i vine!

El proper 8 de maig 2011 (diumenge) t’esperem a Barcelona per fer una passejada amb barret. Celebrem la setena edició de la “Passejada amb Barret”. El punt de trobada serà Rambla Catalunya amb Diagonal (on es trova l’escultura de la girafa) a les 12 del mig dia. La passejada serà al llarg de Rambla Catalunya fins a la Gran Via. És l’excusa que necessitaves per comprar-te (o fer-te) un barret nou.  Ens veiem!
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30 March 2011: The image link from flickr was broken, I’ve updated the link.

May 1, 2010

The birth of a gentleman’s hat

I had a bunch of handsome gentlemen in need of a spring hat for the last Passejada amb barret, and decided to start from scratch and design and sew a stylish hat for them.

Do you remember that a while ago I sculpted a hat with plasticine and extracted a flat pattern from it? If you don’t remember or want to see it again, follow this link.

Well, for my gentleman’s hat I decided to follow the same process. I used a round block as a base in order to save on plasticine (aka Play Doh), and as you can see it starts quite messy and seems hopeless, but little by little it takes shape. I like to smooth it out really well when it’s almost finished. Once the shape is ready I cover it with cling film and ideally I use masking (painters) tape to cover the whole shape, carefully following all the curves. When I made this pattern I was out of masking tape (and it was Sunday, so no hope of finding any) so I used packing tape which is messy and does not adapt as well to the shape, but in the end it did the trick.

Then I drew lines with a felt pen where the cuts (seams) were going to be. I think this is the trickiest part of the whole process, trying to visualise where the seams should be, but it’s a process that can be repeated as many times as necessary, covering the form again if we need to, and marking different seam lines. Once happy with the tape pattern it’s time to transfer it to pattern paper and true it up with a french curve.

I believe I got really lucky because I love the resulting pattern (the crown is made from one piece of fabric), but I should point out that the finished hat is not exactly as the plasticine version… if you check it out carefully you wil see that I marked the seam to be on the top edge of the sideband, but on the finished hat the top edge is a fold and the seam sinks down. When I had the prototype sewn I saw that it had to sink down, there was no other way.

If you check all the pictures I’ve taken of the sewing process you will see that I cut the iron-on interfacing without seam allowance, then iron it to the external fabric, and then cut the fabric with the allowance. That minimizes the bulk, and serves as a guide when sewing… I’m not really sure if it’s a good idea of just a crazy one but it worked for me…

In any case, the pattern still needs some perfecting. The last version is the one being worn by Paco Peralta (my couturier friend, the one on the far left picture), and you can see how the brim curves better than on the other ones (Peter and Joaquín).



April 16, 2010

Trying on hats, that’s a party!

Filed under: daily life,Millinery trivia and events,Passejada 2010,Passejada amb Barret — Cristina de Prada @ 3:38 pm

Last Sunday, April 11 2010, we celebrated the VI Passejada amb barret (Hat stroll) in Barcelona, and that was an excuse for a couple of friends to stop by, try on some hats and decide which one they wanted to wear for the event (about which I will blog shortly).

Above you can see the lovely Helena (a wonderful storyteller, checkout the blog that she writes along with my brother José Manuel: http://escuchandoconlosojos.blogspot.com/), she’s in front of the harpsichord which is serving temporarily as an exhibition area for my hats (I knew it would come in handy one day… naaah!! just kidding!!! Sorry Peter!!).

My friend Eulalia also visited me to try on hats and they both had a great time, and had to try every single hat (some of them more than once!).

It was a pleasure for me to see others taking pleasure in my hats. Thank you Helena! Thank you Eulalia!

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