As we all know Pippa Middleton married her beloved today. She looked absolutely radiant and elegant, as well as the Mother of the Bride. But let’s take a look at the happy sister, the Duchess of Cambridge’s outfit.

The dress for this occasion was a perfect choice, you can never make a mistake with a McQueen piece. The cut was absolutely chic and feminine: empire line with cuff sleeves, back box pleat and V-neck. The hat was a medium fascinator, perfectly matching with the oyster-pink colour of the dress.

You can easily get the look with pulling off our saucer style cocktail hat with feathers finished with crinoline and flower. Just to add a dash of class to the attire.



The story of this hat goes back to the Mother of the Bride & Groom Event we had together with L.K. Bennett London recently. One of our lovely customers, Christina was looking for a hat that would complement her outfit which was chosen at this event. We were delighted to help her to find the perfect match.


The dress she chose was a two-toned piece (navy & mustard) with white spots, and an absolutely feminine cut, sleeves were off-the-shoulder. The hat she picked was Hester of the New RTW Collection in navy, which was then customised for her to match with the overall look. It was decorated with mustard and white feathers and navy sinamay bow.



Ultimate Design Hats meets L.K. Bennett London// Mother of the Bride & Groom Event

As you may all have heard we had our collaborative Mother of the Bride & Groom Event with L.K. Bennett London last week in their Merchant Square store in Glasgow. The outcome of the event went beyond our imagination, it was absolutely fantastic!


We had the chance to speak to our guests about their needs when shopping for a special occasion. As many of them told us there is a reoccurring issue with finding the perfect outfit with a matching headpiece at the same time let alone in the same place. This event was a pleasant surprise for the customers. They finally had an opportunity to actually try on the dresses, shoes and hats together and compose their final look.



The attending customers were looking for outfits for weddings, garden parties, Royal Ascot and so on, that is where Ana Maria’s professional eye for an aesthetic appearance also proved to be a helpful guide. She was happy to give styling advices on colour choices, balancing the look with accessories and ultimately which hat would complement the chosen outfit perfectly.



Introducing the New Spring/ Summer Collection at the Scottish Wedding Show 2017

We had the fantastic opportunity to present our New Spring/Summer Collection at the Scottish Wedding Show in February. It was an exhilarating weekend for us at Ultimate Design Hats.


The first half of the day we were chatting with curious customers and helping them with the hat fitting, encouraging them to try on different styles, shapes and colours. We had the chance to meet lots of lovely people looking for something special for the upcoming ceremony. Blushing brides to be, proud Mothers of the Bride and Groom as well as prominent friends of the couples.



It was an uplifting moment for us to see the new pieces on customers, having their opinions and feedback and their story.

Our main inspiration when designing the pieces for this season was based on the softness of the materials. We were looking for something that represents this idea accurately. Light, etherial, soft, floaty and ultimately elegant. And then we had an idea: using ostrich feathers. The first hat started in silver with charcoal feathers, which evolved to dove, then soft, muted pink. The final outcome was very glamorous and feminine without being overwhelming.

The feather details are also returning on the satin gloves. They are all hand-dyed which produced very exciting colour strips. An elegant touch to the outfit.


The catwalk show was the highpoint of our excitement. Our models did an amazing job, they wore the headpieces with absolute confidence as perfect ambassadors of our collection.

Take a look at the show and experience the glam!





Get The Look – The Duchess of Cambridge

Remember when we mentioned in our last post about raspberry being our favourite colour for this winter season? We loved the Duchess of Cambridge’s look for her first Christmas at Sandringham back in 2011. Matching berry tones with her hat and wool coat, but nothing too over the top.


Like Kate, we have our own take on the classic Trilby. One of the newest additions to our online shop, it is now available and perfect for the cold season. It is a great colour that can be matched with a berry coat or even a classic black coat.

What’s Going on This Winter?

It’s that time of the year again – short days of sunshine and the start of the winter chill. On the bright side, it is also just six weekends away and it’ll be one of the most festive seasons of the year. Like many shops on the high street, the christmas tunes are on a roll here at the studio, as well as all the pre-christmas preparation with our new collection of winter hats.

I’m sure everyone has been through the usual struggles of, “how should I update this year’s winter wardrobe?” or even worse, “what do I get for so and so this christmas?”, or both. Well, for this month, we have done that part of research for you and have put together a little something to help with that.

Not to go crazy with the Christmas spirit, but we definitely think colour is always a great idea when it comes to the winter season… even if we all tend to wake up in the morning and just feel like grabbing that safe coloured grey beanie. Hats are great additions to style and colour up the wet, gloomy season. They also make great, thoughtful gifts.

A classic Fedora is almost a necessity in the wardrobe. Not only will they be a lifesaver on the bad-hair mornings of the winter days, they will keep you warm and add a little mystery to the look. From Phillip Plein’s fall 2016 RTW collection to Ralph Lauren, the oversized fedora is back.

Black is always a great classic colour that will go with anything. Particularly if you’re into bright, festive christmas jumpers, a black fedora will be a perfect, subtle complement. Bottle green and raspberry are the two other colours we have got in mind for this fall.


(Boots: Kurt Geiger, Coat: Rag & Bone | Hats: Style SUN2037 in Green, SUN2035 in Sand, Sun2035 in Black)

Alternatively, plum is another great classic colour that will fit in subtly with the festive season. We loved Keira Knightley’s casual and grunge look with a leather jacket, and a touch of plum in the hat to keep it classy and feminine. All well dressed, and warm for the winter!


(Leather jacket: All Saints, Jeans: Rag & Bone, Boots: Kurt Geiger | Hats from left to right: Style 231 FCH, JES0116, SUN 2029)

Shop the looks here.

Speaking of the cold winter, it’s not just the wardrobe that needs an update, but don’t forget the home too! We’re picturing warm cosy fireplaces, fleece blankets, decorated and a lit christmas tree, as well as a little lovely addition… a scotty dog.

Coming in a range of colours, our favourite for this christmas season is definitely the grey thompson.


To see more colours, or to pick one up, click here.

NEW Collection Launched at Scottish Wedding Show 2016

Just a week ago was the Scottish Wedding Show 2016 that was held at the SECC in Glasgow. Needless to say, it was a busy weekend particularly with setting up on Friday, followed by the two days after. It was great to see, meet and hear from all the lovely responses from the visitors to our stand as well as the catwalk show where we presented our brand new collection of hats.

It was a great collaboration with Italian designer Rinaldo Girasoli as the simple, effortless georgette dresses, as well as one sided wraps and knots of the scarves complemented the theme of the hats perfectly.

“We had such good feedback from the public, many people told us that the hats were outstanding, as well as  great it was to see something different on the catwalk for a change” – Ana Maria Ortega

A Peak into Behind the Scenes


We have introduced the use of buntal into our hats for the new season. Originating from the unopened leaves of palm trees in the Philippines, they are fine white fibres that are used for hat making. Each piece is then carefully hand dyed before its transformation from fibres into a work of art. The idea of buntal this season is to bring a new element and material to the UK, as well as an experimentation with design.

Inspired by the structure of the buntal material and its ability to be moulded into any form easily, the designs were a play on the lines and circles that formed when bending the fibres. Raspberry and gold were the dominant colours for this collection to bring out a strong contrast with the softness and lightness of the scarves and two toned georgette dresses on the models.


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.



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


Fedora Hat:, Shirt: Bernard Lafond, Camel Coat: Frame Denim, Onyx Ring:, 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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