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Steampunk Top Hats make a quirky, unusual Xmas gift!

Top Hats for those who love Steampunk!

This year we have been working on some new Steampunk designs to feature on my daughter's new hat shop website

With Christmas approaching, if you know someone who loves Steampunk, and you are looking for a gift that is a little bit different, come check out our hats, or even order one in your perfect size, colour, and accessory combination. If you would like to order one for Christmas please let us know as soon as possible.
We have had a lot of fun creating these designs, all of which have hand stitched decorations, and all of which are bespoke one-off pieces. They are available to buy from the website or in our shop in Reading, Berkshire.

All our Steampunk top hats come with it's own carry case and a pair of Steampunk goggles to accessorise your hat.
If you would like one designed specifically for you please contact us for more information and to discuss your requirements.


Bespoke Hat Hire, Reading, Berkshire, England

Bespoke Hats for Hire in 2018

After several years of being asked to hire our hats we have finally decided to go ahead and offer this service.

All our hats are made for clients, we design according to their needs, choosing the right colour, hat shape and style of decoration but from early Spring onwards the shop is filled with our sample hats, it is these with a few extra we are going to offer for hiring.

At the moment we are working very hard in our small workshop creating new designs for Spring/Summer next year. As soon as they are complete we will be placing them on a new website and also on our current website: .

Our hats are suitable for both 'Mother of the Bride', 'Mother of the Groom', A Day at the Races, Royal Ascot, weddings and many more special occasions.

Prices will start from £60 for a week. They will be available to hire in the shop in Reading and online.

Hats for Autumn and Winter

We have been very busy making hats for this season. As the weather is becoming very Autumnal the hats we are designing are for those cold days which are fast approaching!

For more examples of our hand made 1920's style cloches please look at our website,

New Hat Making Workshops added to our website today

If you are interested in learning traditional methods of millinery take a look at our website,

Today we added a few new workshops and dates.

If you would like more information please either email me, Adrienne, or, phone the shop, 01189 504421.

Bespoke Hats for Hire, Reading, Berkshire RG1 1DN

Hats for Hire

A lady who is going to Royal Ascot visited the shop today and asked if I hire hats. After a short chat with her after she tried on one of our Baby CoCo hats, as it looked beautiful on her a quick decision of hiring the hat was made.

We are now offering all our sample hats either for sale or hire.

Within the next few days they will be listed on our sister website, Prices will range from £60 to £150 for a week's hire.

All these hats are designed for weddings, days at the races and other special occasions. Each one is bespoke.

For our 2017 collection please visit

Email Adrienne, for more information

Hats for Royal Ascot 2017

Hats for Royal Ascot in three weeks time.
As we are very busy designing many orders for Royal Ascot as of now we are unable to take on any more orders, time has run out for bespoke orders.

However we have a selection of sample hats available to buy in our shop.

If you are looking for that head turning hat please come and visit us or email to for more information. Some of our latest designs are not on the website.


Hats & Headpieces to turn heads at Royal Ascot

Hats & Headpieces for Special Occasions 

Today has been quite a strange day but as all was not quite normal in the shop I decided to have some fun and design a totally unique headpiece.

Poppies are so beautiful that they have inspired me to make this hat. I am not sure which flower I will create next!

The base of the headpiece is a cocktail hat. There is a layer of red netting beneath the feathers which have been cut to represent the petals of the poppy.

This is perfect for a special occasion for example a Day at the Races, Royal Ascot.

If you would like to have an unusual hat designed for your special occasion your enquiry will be most welcome.

New Hats & Updating our Website

Our New look website It's all very exciting at the moment as we are busy making all our new hats. At the same time as preparing our new hats for the upcoming photoshoot with Tony Free, our in house photographer, we are also updating our website. Tony is undertaking this as well.

I can certainly recommend a photographer who can also help with the website is a great way forward.

This perchher style hat will be available to order on our website soon. It will also be available in a selection of colours.

Our 2017 Hat Collection.

New Designs Coming Soon.

We have been designing new hats for our website and shop. 

As racing and the Wedding season has begun for us we are very excited to announce our website is having it's Spring clean, new hats will be listed very soon.

Orders and enquiries for Royal Ascot and weddings are being received regularly. A very exciting and busy time of year!

Men's Hats - Our new website

Men's Hats are now available to buy from us online!
Since we have started selling hats in our shop we have been asked by customers about buying from us online. Finally we have a website,
The site has only just been completed recently and already it is receiving many views. If you are interested in seeing our stock online please have a look.
For more information please contact Danielle, details are on the website or myself at the shop.

Thank you for looking at our blog.

Feather Fascinator

An elegant fascinator for a Mother of the Bride

It is always great when we have feathers the exact colour of a dress. Our client was very pleased when she collected her order from us a few days ago.
This fascinator was made using feathers which we have cut to make a very striking effect. We are able to make this design to the size the client wants and we have a selection of many different colours.

Fascinator for Mother of the Bride
We will be offering these ready to buy on our sister website, in the future alternatively, they will also be available to order from our website,

Fascinator Workshop

One of our workshops, learn how to make an elegant fascinator. 

Last Saturday I held a fascinator workshop for two delightful ladies. It is Freda's birthday this week and the workshop was a birthday present from her daughter-in-law.Both ladies worked very hard and were delighted with their fascinators.
For more details about workshops and courses please take a look at our website,

Ladies Hats for Race Days and Weddings

'Gone With The Wind'
A classic hat named after the film 'Gone With The Wind'.

This name was given by a visitor to Windsor Castle where my hats were on display when I gave a talk about millinery in conjunction with the curator of the Queen's clothes exhibition last December.
The brim is covered with small black roses, the decoration around the crown is a black silk band and delicate bow.

Finally part of our new collection has been photographed. Soon to be on our website!
Photographer: Tony Free, Rage Photo Fashion

Hats for Special Occasions - Ladies Day at Royal Ascot

Hats for Special Occasions - Ladies Day at Royal Ascot

Today we had a product photo shoot in the shop and it made me reminisce about part of the collection from last year.

 This hat was worn at Royal Ascot last year and was apparently admired by many thus making the owner very excited and even more pleased with her hat.

For any lady wearing a hat to such an occasion it is always a delight when others pay compliments.

Our new collection will be on the website soon.

Richard Henry my Apprentice Milliner

My Husband Richard Henry is often referred to as my apprentice milliner.
As the Spring/Summer collection of hats are being designed at the moment his help with blocking hats is invaluable. Without his assistance I would not be able to complete hat orders as quickly as we do.

He has an excellent knowledge of hats and often looks after the shop on his own.

He also looks good dressed as a WW2 American!

Thank you Richard.

Richard Henry