Kate Middleton Vogue Shot + Summer Fedora Hats!!

The Duchess of Cambridge is on the June cover shoot of the British Vogue! She’s rocking the felt Fedora hat in a muted dark green; in an overall relaxed, country-inspired style.Kate-Middleton-Vogue-UK-June-2016-Cover-Photoshoot01.jpg

A Fedora hat is the big trend on this season for the women who enjoy a bold, fearless and dynamic style! It is a very versatile accessory, giving an edgy touch even to a simple outfit.

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Follow our style guide below to achieve Kate’s effortless chic:

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Fedora Hat: ultimatedesignhats.com, Shirt: Bernard Lafond, Camel Coat: Frame Denim, Onyx Ring:  jianlondon.com, Jeans: Yves Saint Laurent, Suede Belt: Once Upon a Belt, Boots: Tendezias

 

Catwalk at The Scottish Wedding Show 2016

After a resounding success at the Scottish Wedding Show we are delighted to share the video from the Catwalk. A collaboration with the Italian designer Rinaldo Girasoli for our latest Bespoke Spring/Summer 2016 Collection.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we did creating it!

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Get the Look ‘Cloche’

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Period films have always inspired us for a look more feminine and elegant. With this year’s Suffragette proving a big success, naturally retro styles are in demand… Our take is inspired by Angelina Jolie’s role in Changeling: With the accessories in warm burgundy tones, the timeless camel trench coat and the nude dress balancing it, we guarantee you will be feeling like a real lady this winter!

The Art of Millinery

We’ve been asked a lot of times to give a glimpse of how I make my hats and so we decided to record some stages of the creation process. I am proud of continuing an age-old tradition, using old techniques creating each hat and I thought this was a good opportunity to do so.

There was a very exclusive wedding going on in the USA, the gorgeous sun-ridden Napa Valley the previous month. One extremely loyal customer of ours attending this wedding ordered a hat for this special occasion.

A long-distance customer consultation is no easy venture; We used FaceTime and had an hour-long video call which gave me the opportunity to study her features, understand her style and personality.

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First, I design a piece based on a specific idea or atmosphere I have in mind which is suitable with my customer’s personality.

Then I gather all the necessary materials to bring that design to life.

The beginning is otherwise known between professional milliners as “blocking”. The process of moulding the sinamay, by wetting and steaming it to create the shape of the specific hat block.  Once all of the pleats and bumps are removed, it is nailed and roped down.

Then the drying process begins.  Once dry, the excess sinamay is removed from the crown and brim blocks. Then I begin to hand sew the crown and brim together.

In this occasion I didn’t require a crown and brim because the design was an abstract high bow created with lots of strips of sinamay and I only blocked a small base. I am cutting and sewing constantly, until I have the desired outcome.

Afterwards there’s the adding of the details that give to our hat its personality called “dressing” the hat, such as different kinds of materials, shapes of sinamay etc. Could also be feathers or flowers.

I assemble all of the “magic ingredients” together and try to find the balance. Hmm… (Usually it takes some time to decide on final touches of the composition) Almost finished! Always trying the hat on the milliner’s mannequin in order to see if everything is balanced and looks right.

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After that, I put the headpiece on its box ready for delivery and, in this particular case, on a package to be send via International post and said

Bon voyage!

We can gladly say that this piece  arrived safely to its destination and our lovely customer was delighted with it, to say the least!

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So I found that this lady suited strong colours like Royal blue, Red, Purple and decided to go for Red with White and a touch of Navy.

She wanted something quirky, fun, young, different — we definitely achieved that, besides
the feedback from her is that the hat was ‘the talk of the party’ and she felt like a million dollars! We cannot ask for any happier customers, that’s what makes this job worth it!

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‘Get the look’ Michelle Obama

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Michelle Obama is very fond of Preen and has wore other creations of the label in numerous times in the past. This particular dress is outstanding as it catches the hottest trends of the season, lace and bright neon pastel hues, extremely flattering for your post-holiday tan.

Created by hand, Hat Style No. 202 is the perfect accessory to accompany the dress in an impeccable style. Its base consisting of natural sinamay fan in navy blue, embellished with so en vogue lime yellow goose feathers that catch the eye and give a fresh, playful touch. The details, silk flowers and coque feathers in vibrant greek blue complete the dazzling ensemble. Perfect for an outgoing, sanguine character, someone who desires to channel their courteous and gracious mindset into the world!

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Partner won first photography award – starring one of our hats

Long-time collaborator of ours, Michaela Waddell of Edinburgh-based Photography Studio Verity Productions received the first award for Best Photograph by British Institute of Professional Photography in Press & PR Category. Her image which was awarded has the title ‘Ultimate Hat’ and featured one piece from our Spring / Summer 2014 Collection. We are delighted and extremely honoured that we had the chance to collaborate with Michaela and we wish for her to continue producing outstanding work and always keep getting distinguished in her field.

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