Jen Scott-Russell graduated from London's prestigious Royal College of Art with a degree in Fashion Design, and has nurtured a passion for fashion ever since. To be strictly accurate, though, Jen prefers the word "style" to fashion - she firmly believes that any one can be in fashion, but personal style is what really counts.
While working as a consultant to several fashion companies, Jen established her first independent business "Wilde & Woolley" - a couture knitwear company. She has also enjoyed her role as a visiting lecturer in Design and Visual Studies at Leicester Polytechnic and Oxford Brooks University.
But her love of hats couldn't be suppressed for long, so when Jen moved to Manchester ("the best move I ever made") she decided to go for it. And following specialist training at the Wombourne School of Millinery and at Leeds College of Art that was it - completely hooked.
Jen is something of a crusading zealot on the subject of hats -"There is no-one who would not look better for wearing the right hat", she says (often) ... and she really means it.
Some other completely irrelevant facts about Jen:
- navigated the River Ock in a tin boat with an elderly man called Mr Hyde-Parker
- was nearly expelled from school for writing an essay in defence of the devil in Paradise Lost
- at one time lived above a brothel just off the Bayswater Road
- was short-listed for the job of Crematorium Director (honest!)
- once refused to sell her earring (she was only wearing one at the time) to Ringo Starr
- was sent home from work at Moss Bros because here skirt was too short
- loves potatoes, pretzels and pork pie (not necessarily in that order or all at once)