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Showing posts from March, 2016

Large Brimmed Ivory Hat 'Simply Audrey'

One of our new hats for this year's collection. Making the hats for our new collection has been very interesting. We design in quite an unusual fashion, no sketching takes place unlike many designers. Our ideas seem to just flow which makes the whole process different to designing with a client. When designing with a lady who is attending a special event we sometimes design hats which are quite different from those on our website, this too is a very enjoyable experience.

This hat has evolved over a few days. Having made the hat it was time to decorate. For this we worked on making very simple elegant flowers made from organza. The end result is quite vintage in style, very Audrey!

Bespoke Hats Spring Offer

Making room in our shop for new designs.
As we are now into the new season and busy making new hat designs we are having a "last chance Spring offer" on some of last years one-off samples to make some room in the shop.

This black and cream polka dot hat is perfect for any special occasion including Royal Ascot, a day at the races, or a wedding. Usual price £350, NOW £125 plus P&P if postage is required.

For more information please contact me via my website or visit the shop. Other styles will also be available very soon.

Hats for America

My Dream
For as long as I have been making hats my dream has been to make hats for the American market.
Over the past 4 years many cloches have been bought as presents to take back to America when we were selling in Convent garden and from here in my shop in Reading. The Downtown Abbey style cloche has proven to be popular, if only we had a hat shop in New York!
A few large hats have been ordered by clients to take home with them but I would be delighted if more orders came our way. Being situated in a small unit in a quiet arcade is not always beneficial, To be in outlets in parts of America is my dream, classy boutiques where hand made in England, or just hand made is important to the buyer.
Having seen many styles of hats today in Henley I noticed that the majority were made using sewing machines rather than hand stitching. Our new 2016 designs are completely made by hand, we endeavor to make our stitching as invisible as possible. 
One day hopefully my dream will come true........…

Large Hat with Peacock decoration suitable for Royal Ascot

Part of our new peacock collection
After many hours of sewing, finally yesterday the hat I have been working on is complete!

This large hat is perfect for the lady who wishes to make a bold statement. It has received a lot of attention whilst being made. Lots of compliments as the peacock sits very proud on the hat.

It is ready for it's maiden voyage!

The making of a 1920s style Cloche Workshop

Cloche making workshops thoroughout the year.

For more information look at our website

Game of Cards Hat

Hats with a Theme
Designing the unusual which makes heads turn is something I thoroughly enjoy. The more unusual hat the greater the enjoyment making is.
A mad hatter top hat and a cocktail hat with cards are two of our favourite designs. I wonder what else we can do with cards in our new collection this year!

Royal Ascot 2016

Royal Ascot 2016
This year seems to be flashing by, it is already March and in just over three months Royal Ascot will be fast approaching.
Each day we are designing new hats and headpieces suitable to wear for this very exciting event. 

The Red Wing

This design was one of our hat which was worn to Royal Ascot last year.

This week we completed another Red Wing but is a smaller version of this design.

It is a very elegant design perfect to wear for a special occasion.