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Vintage Inspired Bespoke Hats

Simply Vintage Darling!Handmade Hats with a Vintage InspirationVintage hats have been my passion for years. As milliners we now design and hand make bespoke hats with a vintage twist and inspiration.
This black and off-white tilt hat was inspired by an image in a 1939 Vogue pattern book. It is a hat which will compliment an outfit from either the 1940's or 1950's. This is our first completed hat using this design. We are busy creating a couple more designs based on this hat in other colours and colour combinations. Also there are a couple of different crown shape. 
Traditionally the bow decoration was widely used during the first half of the 20th century, and it looks as though it will be popular this year at Royal Ascot.

This hat is now available to buy in our Etsy shop here, alternatively you can have similar made to order.
Please contact us either by email, or phone us 01189 504421.
We are based in the centre of Reading Berkshire.
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1950's Pillbox Hat

It's a Monday morning and I have decided to add this one-off handmade bespoke pillbox hat made by us using an original 1950's hat block to Etsy.

This hat is made from black sinamay and is overlaid with an embroidered black fabric with pink flowers and green leaves. Within the flowers there are several shades of pale pink. We have added a black birdcage veil which goes all the way around the hat and comes to a bow at the back and it is perfect for any special occasion.

We have designed this pillbox to sit either to the right or the left of the head at angle towards the front of the head. It is attached using hat elastic and hairgrips can be used for added security.

As with all our hats at  Adrienne Henry Millinery we used traditional millinery techniques and all our hats, headpieces and fascinators are fully and lovingly handmade and hand stitched by us in the UK.

We have made this pillbox in oth…

Mother of The Bride or Groom Hat

Mother of the Bride or Groom Hat This is part of our 'Baby CoCo' collection and is the most popular of all our shapes for the Mother or Bride of Groom.  Yesterday we had this shape ordered in a silver grey, it complimented the light greys in the outfit perfectly. The decoration includes a variety of small spring flowers and silver grey leather leaves. The design will not only her outfit compliment but also her son's shirt which contains many colours. This hat is particular hat is available to order online. Or visit us in our shop in the centre of Reading, Berkshire, to have your own designed. Email for more information: Phone number: -44 (0)1189 504421

1920's Style Cloche Hat Workshops

1920's Style Cloche Hat Workshops
One of our most popular workshops is learning how to make a 1920's style cloche hat.  The lesson takes a complete day, sometimes a little longer, to complete a cloche. 
About the workshop
Having chosen the colour of the hat and shape the student learns how to block their hat on a wooden cloche block using steam.
As the hat dries on the block, the student designs their decoration. Decorations include felt, leather, feathers and a number of other materials depending which of the two workshops we offer. Excitement always occurs when the felt is removed from the block and the hat is revealed. Once off the block the shape of the cloche is decided upon and then the felt is cut accordingly, the most popular being the shape as in the photos, asymmetrical . The cloche then has it's wire and edging attached followed by the band. The band is frequently the same felt as the hat itself. Once all these stages are completed the decoration is stitched on. 
We r…

New Hat Collection for Spring/Summer 2019

Our New Hat Collection for Spring/Summer 2019

As 2019 is now well under, way we are very busy designing our new hat collection for this year.
Already orders are being placed and it is becoming an exciting time for us.

This year our collection will be based on the fashion colours of the year as well as being inspired by the couture fashion house's dress designs.

Flowers will be heavily featured. We will be designing around flowers of various sizes, making our own out of silk and other materials we know are popular.

From large picture hats to smallest of fascinators our bespoke pieces will be designed with our clients. They will be made to either compliment or match the colour of the outfits. In our shop in the centre of Reading, Berkshire, there will also be a collection of pashminas available to compliment outfits for those cooler days or evenings.

For enquiries please contact me, Adrienne, via email:

Hat Making Courses - An introduction to Sinamay

Hat Making Courses - An Introduction to Sinamay
This year I have had a number of students attending this course. As each student has wished to start their own business, each course has been 1 to 1. All of them have now started their own business designing fascinators, headpieces and cocktail hats.

This course is specifically designed in order to enable the student to create many different designs, their imagination can lead them forward into creating their very own style. Courses are held on dates which are suitable to both the student and myself.

For information please look at the millinery courses tab on the website,  alternatively contact us directly for dates etcc

Race Day Hats designed by Adrienne Henry

Hats and Headpieces for Race Season
Royal Ascot is fast approaching! One of the most well known race events is happening in just a couple of weeks, but there also many other races where it is a fun excuse to really dress up and impress.

Looking for that perfect unusual but elegant hat or headpiece to wear to a Day at the Races? We have lots of bespoke, one-off ladies hats and headpieces available to buy or hire in our shop, as well as top hats for the gentlemen.

If you can't find a hat to match your outfit out of the ones available at Adrienne Henry Millinery,  we can design the perfect hat, headpiece, cocktail hat, saucer hat or fascinator to wear to any special occasion that will perfectly complement your outfit and style.

Our designs have adorned many ladies attending races and many gentlemen have bought their top hats from us to wear to Royal Ascot. Race and wedding season is our favourite time year when we can truly go wild with our imagination and designs.

In our boutique i…