My second interview is with Caroline and Kate from Head High. Head High offers hats, bandanas and headwear specifically designed for hairloss through cancer, chemotherapy, alopecia, burns, radiation and other medical conditions.
Thanks Caroline and Kate for your great work and supporting those affected by bc and cancer in general.
7 Q&A with Caroline and Kate from Head High
1. I love what you do. Tell me about your roles?
We love what we do as well and we each have our own roles in the business which works really well as we don’t overlap or step on each others toes.
We choose our fabrics together, then Caroline cuts the fabric with Kate on standby to do any tricky fitting or fixing as required!. The designs are sewn up by Kate, then added to our website on completion.
While Kate is busy sewing, Caroline processes the Ministry of Health claims and carries out any other invoicing or admin duties.
With her designing and sewing skills, Kate designs and sews all our headwear for our Head High range. We are also happy to customize styles or sizing to fit the customer’s particular requirements.
We also spend time sourcing hats from other suppliers such as Ripcurl and Buff to offer a wider selection of headwear catering for all ages.
We photograph our headwear for the website and maintain and update our Head High website as required:
2. What is the philosophy behind Head High?
To create and provide stylish comfortable & affordable headwear for our customers via website or private appointments.
3. How did you get involved?
Caroline – I had aggressive breast cancer 4 yrs ago and found there was very little on offer except a few hats and buffs in the wig shop at the time when I needed headwear for hairloss.
Kate – I have a family history of breast cancer and understood the need for an alternative to wigs.
C & K – Together we decided to start our own range of headwear so Head High was launched in 2010. This has been a great result as Kate has sewing skills to bring to the table, Caroline has experience of cancer and hairloss first hand and together they can share the load while still running life around their busy families.
4. What inspires you about the work you do?
The people we meet are just amazing, so positive and upbeat about their future and overcoming their cancer.
We feel privileged to be able to assist these people by providing headwear to suit their needs.
We have met men, women and children with some very sad stories but still these people show so much strength and grace that it makes what we do all the more worthwhile.
5. What drives you to do this work?
Being able to offer another choice for customers looking to purchase headwear, the thrill of running your own small business and meeting wonderful people along the way.
Knowing that we are able to regularly donate a percentage of our sales to the NZ Cancer Society gives us an incentive to keep building our business.
6.What are the main messages you want people to hear about breast cancer?
- Make sure you and your friends are breast aware and if you have any concerns see your GP.
- If your diagnosis is positive, accept help and support from friends and family.
- You are not alone, there are many support networks, Breast Cancer Nirvana is a great example
Why is that important?
- Earlier detection saves lives.
- Breast cancer can affect women of all ages.
- Knowing you have support can help you through the tough times and assist your recovery.
7. What’s next for you both in your journey?
To continue increasing the awareness throughout NZ of our headwear and expanding the range.
To encourage our customers to have some fun by trying new colours and designs and make this a positive experience whilst looking great.
Thanks Caroline and Kate!