Locks & Lace - "Hair, Hats & Happiness"

I got the opportunity to peek inside the studio of Sligo hair and millinery outfit Locks & Lace last month, and shoot some images for a feature in Sligo Now. It's a beautifully bright and airy studio, full of light and colour and useful storage space. Each headpiece is hand-shaped, hand-stitched and hand-crafted by Strandhill-based owner Emma Murphy, using quality materials like fur felt and real feathers. She sews the linings for her pieces on her mother's vintage machine, and attaches each bead by hand with a needle & thread. It's brilliant to see such a dedication to craft and quality in a small local enterprise.

You'll find a few of these photos in Emma's feature in this month's Sligo Now, which will be in the usual local outlets from tomorrow (Friday).