Last time I blogged I was heading off to the sun after a really manic summer making hats. Not to mention entertaining and acting as chauffeur to my daughters during the summer holidays. I think like most of us working Mums we don’t really realise how much we pack into a day until we actually stop!!!!

Well, back from hols, kids back at school and I am still rushed off my feet, which I am thrilled about. In the last few years hats were just seen as part of the summer social season but I have had a number of enquiries for Winter Hats. 


I have also noticed more hats in the high street this season. As a milliner this is heartening, as hopefully hat wearing in winter will become the vogue as it is on the continent. It saddens me we only really wear hats in this country for a special occasion. There is no doubt about it: hats do make you feel special and finish off your outfit.

Many ladies say to me they do not suit hats, but just a few tips and words of advice, and they are normally converted. Buying Bespoke you do get advice and help and really unique pieces.

The increase of hats on the high street has a downside to me as a bespoke maker, as it is so hard to compete with cheap imports. Hopefully most people appreciate if you spend a bit more you do get advice and something you really want.


I was absolutely thrilled to have an order from Lizzie Hughes who is in the process of starting a hat hire business called Hats By Lizzie. 

There are so many fantastic new designers out there. Without support this new generation of talent would go unmissed. As a new designer I find it is so hard to compete with established brands and of course cheap imports. We need more people like Lizzie to help support new talent and British designers. So again a huge Thank You Lizzie for supporting me. Good luck and best wishes to Lizzie and thank you for supporting home grown talent.


"I qualified with a distinction in HNC Millinery at the Leeds College of Art in July 2010.  I specialise in designing and hand making one-off bespoke hats and headpieces both in classic and contemporary styles, although Winter Fashion  forward pieces is where my passion really lies.

"Before graduating I was offered a commission to design and make a collection of 1940s hats for an exhibition at one of the country's leading tourist attractions. I have also collaborated both locally and nationally with LK Bennett, one of the country's most prestigious fashion brands.

"I have a real passion for my art, and I hope this is conveyed in each individual piece I design and produce. I believe designs that hold true to our British heritage have a strong place in today’s market where customers are seeking providence from the goods they buy.

"I live in Ampleforth on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, an area which is truly inspirational. I live at home with my two daughters. My husband is in the oil industry and travels away from home frequently. We have a soft Labrador called Harry, we enjoy a daily walk on the moors. When I do have time I love riding and make the most of the open moors for a good gallop!!

"I travel to Paris on a regular basis and again this is a huge inspiration to me. The city is so beautiful and I have always had a love of the French fashion houses of Chanel and Dior. I have a love of vintage clothes and I feel this feeds my inspiration."


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