Thank you for considering a Holly Gaiman commissioned headpiece.
Commissions require at least 6-8 weeks to complete. This time-frame allows for design, material sourcing, sampling and production. This also gives you the opportunity to observe the process and ensure you receive exactly what you are looking for in your finished piece.
Commissioning a piece is particularly effective when you are able to personally attend the studio. It is possible to coordinate via email, though some pieces do require custom fitting which may add time and cost to the process if you cannot visit personally. If you prefer, fittings may be foregone and pictures of the progress will be sent instead. Every effort will be made to compensate for a lack of fitting, but there is some risk involved in foregoing fittings altogether. If you’re local to San Francisco, Ms. Gaiman will also be happy to meet you at your home, work, or any other location that may be convenient.
The Commission Process
Please begin the email correspondence with the following information:
1) The kind of headpiece you have in mind (bridal, event, casual, costume etc.)
2) The date and details of the event, if any
3) The details of your outfit, should you already have an outfit selected. Please include details of any other accessories you may wear.
4) Any preferences with regards to materials.
5) Whether or not you are local, and able to attend the studio for a fitting.
6) Any other information you think may be pertinent.
What Happens Next?
We will follow-up on your email with any additional questions, then we will provide you with some preliminary ideas and rough sketches. An estimate of cost and delivery will also be provided at this time. Where possible, we will schedule an appointment so that you may consider ideas, select materials, and measurements or color samples can be taken. A formal sketch will be developed and accurate pricing and delivery date determined. At this time a non-refundable deposit of 50% will be requested. Once this is received, work will begin on your commission in-house, using European couture techniques to the highest standard.
Another appointment should take place two to three weeks before the delivery date so that the piece, in an incomplete form, may be fitted. Adjustments to the shape, size, or to the trimming can be made at this point. This provides you the opportunity to provide feedback on the fit and feel so that the necessary adjustments may be made before the finished piece is delivered. If the commission is placed non-locally, this stage will consist of photos and an update to the progress of the piece, along with any other relevant information. In some cases it may be necessary to send you the unfinished piece for a fitting. If commissioning non-locally, please consider that in foregoing fittings, you may not receive a perfect fit.
When the commission is complete, there will be a final appointment so that you may inspect the finished product, and any last adjustments to the fit can take place. If you are happy, you are welcome to take the finished, boxed headpiece at this time. If not, additional alterations can be made. The joy of a commission is that you will receive exactly what you want, to your exact specifications. We want you to love your hat! We want you to look and feel incredible when you wear it!
Please use the contact form below to begin the commission process: