In April I participated in the 6th annual Discarded to Divine show that is put on by the St. Vincent de Paul of San Francisco. The St. Vincent de Paul invites designers to visit their warehouse of discarded items and pick out and cart home whatever looks interesting.  Each designer creates fashions that are then donated back to the SVdP to be auctioned off at their annual fashion show.

I created three hats for the show using a girl’s party dress, a discarded wool coat, a pair of pants, and the sleeves of a San Jose Sharks sport jacket. The entire event was amazing and the garments and accessories were incredible. I was really thrilled that my Winter White Top hat won the juried category of fashion accessories-other and the people’s choice award for best design in women’s accessories. I am really looking forward to next year’s event!

For more information on the SVdP and the Discarded to Divine event please visit their website,