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The End of an Era

Yours truly - Berlin Summer 2017

I hope everyone had a lovely holiday - I hope you found time to eat and drink, connect with friends and family, the CanadaPost employee who shipped your last minute packages, and your barista.  I’m writing this because after much thought, consideration and a whole lot of soul-searching, I have decided to wind down Headmistress - my business, also known as my baby. It’s been my soul and - for better and worse - my entire identity for quite a lot of these last 9 years.

There is so much that I want to say, but I don’t really know how at the moment. Although I made the decision a while ago, I still haven’t fully processed all that comes with it. It’s not that I don’t feel sure of my choice - I don’t know if I’ve ever felt this sure of anything in my life - it’s just that it’s a major one.

 It’s a very big deal for me and I’m feeling a whole lot of everything, all at once. I feel sad, and nostalgic and proud and scared and lost and excited. I feel brave for taking a big step into the unknown. The truth is, I don’t know what I’m going to do next, but I also know that I won’t find it until I make room in my head and my heart for something new.
When you sell things that you make, you are selling a bit of yourself every time. Part of this is an incredible feeling - every time someone buys something from me it’s a direct and personal acknowledgement of my soul. The customer says to me: “I see you. I like you. You have value.” But you have to remember to keep enough of yourself, for yourself. What I really want is to have the time and creative energy to make things just for me again - which is exactly how this whole Headmistress adventure began in the first place.
To everyone that has supported me over the years - my customers, my retailer partners, my Stratford supporters, my industry friends, my knitters, my Ryerson interns turned furever friends, my huge group of girls, my Ema, my Pete, my Sister, my Dad, my Mom! This experience has been so intense and so big and so full and so everything. I am who I am because of you, and I’ll be who I’ll be because of you. Thank you doesn’t begin to cover it.

This is a pretty weird segue-way, but 2017 has been a pretty weird year, so who cares. I have a little bit of stock left and I’m putting it on super, clearance sale. It’s truly now or never. I’m cleaning up and I’m clearing out!
Check out the sale here.

So thank you. For reading this, for feeling this, for being a part of my world.



P.S. For anyone who's interested, I took a meandering trip down memory lane during the Holidays and put together a post of some of greatest hits lookbook photos. Check it out here.  
December 23, 2017 by Jillian Wood

Headmistress Through the Ages

My market stall - Brick Lane, London - April 2009

Spring/Summer 2010 - my first ever lookbook photoshoot at Allan Gardens

Fall/Winter 2010

Spring/Summer 2011

Fall/Winter 2011

Spring/Summer 2012

Spring/Summer 2012 - the inaugural Headmistress Kids Collection

Fall/Winter 2012 - the McGill Collection

Spring/Summer 2013 - shot on Coney Island

Fall/Winter 2013 - introduced knits for the first time

Spring/Summer 2014

Fall/Winter 2014 - baby Gus!

Fall/Winter 2016 - shot by Angela Lewis
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December 23, 2017 by Jillian Wood

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