As for sourcing, HRH aims to make everything sustainable. “It can be quite fun and frivolous, but all of the materials are quite thought-out and luxurious. All of the padding for the scarves and the puffer items are made of unbleached lambswool from this farm in Yorkshire, and the puffer material in the smaller bags is made from recycled bottles. Hopefully, next season all of the nylon will be able to be recycled as well.”
Many of the pieces feel like they could be plucked out of a renaissance era, like the scrunchies that can double as ruffled crowns (or even a ruff!), or the nylon handbags that can be also worn as a fur muff. Instead, HRH is influenced by women in sports. Her own Instagram is dotted with pictures of the late Flo-Jo, the fastest woman in the world who was also known for outré track looks, the “Magnificent Seven” gymnastics team of the 1996 Olympics who donned American flag–print leotards, and gymnast Alicia Sacramone in a fire engine red leotard at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. She specifically cites gymnasts as the inspiration for her scrunchies. “I’m really obsessed with decorations in sports and femininity and how we dismiss aesthetics versus performance,” she says. “There is this kind of camaraderie of these wonderful teams of gymnasts. They are sitting around, waiting for their results, and are in their tracksuits, makeup, and their scrunchies. They have these adornments that almost build it [the look]. They are like their lucky charms.” And now? They can be an everyday wearer’s very own stylish talisman too.