Some of you might have heard, some might have assumed and for some of you this might come as complete NEWS.
Torb and Reiner has been sold!
As of March this year I am not the owner of this amazing store.
I, Waltraud Reiner am writing this newsletter for the last time and it feels somewhat surreal I must say. It feels like one of my children has grown up and I know I have given it all I can and have to let it go for it to become what it is capable of being.
I am very proud of what I build and achieved and how Torb and Reiner has quickly grown into a worldwide identity in the Hat world. This is of course not just my doing. All the years I had wonderful people by my side who supported my ideas and my vision. And I was and am never short of such.
Who bought the business you might ask?
After several people looked at the business and showed interest it was Lindsay Whitehead who ended up buying it and I could NOT be happier. I have great trust and love for Lindsay and we’ve had a very unique relationship for many years and we intend to nurture, maintain and build on what we have. Lindsay brings a whole new set of skills and ideas and he has youth on his side.
You might also ask WHY?
The answer is simple. It is time!
5 years ago when we added the Hatmobile which takes me into remote areas of Australia it took a lot of my energy to run both businesses. The Hats for Happiness project is taking up a lot of my time as well and my great need to spend time in my garden has been neglected for too long.
My great great interest and love is and has always been in mental health. My teaching uses textiles, metaphors and creative expression for emotional expressions. Hatmaking is a way for me to express and help others express. I talk to people about following their heart and I have neglected my own heart for too long.
I have an understanding what depression feels like, I know firsthand about eating disorders, I know myself how hard it is to be kind to myself, to take care of my needs, show vulnerability and learn to say NO.
When I was 20 I wanted to be a psychologist but I know that my gift is in my hands, heart and hats and with it I have developed a language to speak through.
So what will I do now?
For one I am still very strongly involved at Torb and Reiner as a mentor and you will see me running in and out. I still am running Workshops either in the shop or at my studio just as before. I will carry on travelling with the Hatmobile and bring back goods from every trip I do.
The most exiting bit is that I will be making hats again.
So you will find me in the workroom right in the back once Lindsay has set it all up.
Remember me always saying the Art and the HAT is in the word HeArT?
I am now looking after my heart. I have picked up my studies again and am back to finish of my Counseling degree and I have started studies to become a Gestalt therapist, loving every second and minute as I immerse myself in books again I have missed this a lot. I love Irving Yalom, a writer and psychiatrist and one of his book is called ‘Starring at the sun”, exploring peoples fear of death. One of many things I learned from him over the years is the term called ‘rippling’. The notion of how we touch people around us in a good and bad way directly through our actions. I want to ripple………..be a ripple…………inspire ripples……..and I must do that by following my heart which is asking for courage and trust to believe that the road will show itself as I am in need to see it.
I want to take this opportunity and thank you all out there for being supportive in whichever way you did. I want to assure those who think I can help with a hat question, my phone number has not changed and I am willing to help just as I have done before. Lindsay and Stephanie are a great team and held my back for years, now they will be holding yours.
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It was my great great joy and honour serving you!
Good bye and HELLO!