Last week I started accepting Bitcoins at my online shop as well as on Etsy. For those of you who haven't heard, Bitcoin is an online currency that  was created by a programmer named Satoshi Nakamoto. It has been gaining a lot of popularity both with users and in the media. The simple way to understand Bitcoin is to think of it as digital cash, instead of a bank holding your money and sending it at your request to Amazon or Ebay, you hold money in a digital wallet and send it directly to whoever you want to buy from. This is called a peer to peer currency exchange that has no middle man (and no service fees!).

A lot of people see a lot of different things in the rise of Bitcoin, some see it as a way to buck the current monetary system. The main differences between the two are, Bitcoin isn't based on debt i.e. if you don't have any, you can't spend any. And new Bitcoins are added to the market at a fixed predictable rate, rather than at the discretion of the Government. Others see it as a way to hide online transaction therefore avoiding taxes (tracking bitcoin transaction is quite difficult so I'm told), and still more see it as an investment opportunity. Although quite young, fortunes have already been made and lost speculating on Bitcoin.

So, why am I joining in? Well, the best answer is, for FUN! Why not? Its already been a great experience, I haven't made any sales yet but I have increased the traffic on my website and my Etsy shop and I've had a lot of interesting discussions with the Bitcoin community. I'm also being interviewed for a feature article on one of the Bitcoin Business directories! So if thats not a good reason I don't know what is. Alright, thats it for now, check back in a few days for my article on new line of Aprons!


Johnny Depp, Fascinators, and KooWooL!

Hello all!

And welcome back to the KooWooL Blog! First off I would like to draw your attention to my newly renovated Webpage! Visit it at koowool.com. Now, down to business...

As some of you may know I am a big Johnny Depp fan, and this has inspired me to take a turn as the Madhatter of Brooks! I'm not just talking about my regular line of retro hats, which although very fun to make and very well received may not be worthy of the notable Madness that characterizes the fantastical hatter of Wonderland. I'm talking about Fascinators! (They are very big in Japan, I'll have you know).

This foray into one of the most obscure reaches of the Millinery arts has been an interesting adventure and I am excited to see where it leads, perhaps with my help the Duchess of Cambridge will finally succeed at bringing back the Fascinator!

As headgear they are more of an accessory of style rather than function, if you're going to the beach I'd suggest...something with a brim larger than one centimetre. Stay tuned for my next post which will be all about the exciting world of Bitcoin!