Headwaters Inspired Profile: Hattie Dunstan

CALEDON

JEWELLERY DESIGNER & OWNER, HATTITUDE JEWELLERY
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Hattitude Jewellery has been my only job since I was 15

Hattie Dunstan comes from a family of entrepreneurs all the way back to her great grandfather who was a jewellery/watch maker.

So, it comes as little surprise that when her father suggested that she get a summer job when she was 15, Dunstan instead wrote a business plan, applied for a summer mentorship program for young entrepreneurs and never looked back. She followed up with a 4-year degree in Marketing management which she uses to market her business.

Old into new and always unique

Dunstan makes all of her jewellery from vintage pieces. “I breathe new life into vintage jewellery,” said Dunstan. “Much of my work is making custom pieces for brides and bridesmaids. Often, I’ll create custom jewellery to match a bride’s dress.”

Her bridal work has been featured in media such as Green Wedding Shoes, Style Me Pretty, Ruffled, 100 Layer Cake blog, The Wedding Ring magazine, The Wedding Planner magazine and many more.

Bridesmaid’s workshops are perennially popular

Dunstan’s Caledon studio serves as the setting for bridesmaid’s workshops where the bridal party comes in and helps design their own jewellery. Add champagne, a sparkly cake from a local bakery and a photographer to record the fun, and it’s easy to see why these events are a hit.

“The most fun part of my job is mixing and matching and then finding the perfect combo to create something magical,” said Dunstan. “It’s such a great time in a workshop where everyone can contribute ideas.”

“Let’s go home”

Dunstan grew up in the Caledon region and then went on to live in many other cities in Canada including London, Toronto and Vancouver. Although she enjoyed seeing Canada, about two years ago she and her husband decided it was time to return to Caledon.

Hattitude Jewellery is sent to customers around the world, and all of it comes made with love, from an entrepreneur’s studio in the heart of Caledon.