What a fantastic time we had at the latest Scottish Wedding Show! The atmosphere was sensational, and we met lots of wonderful women there.

Let’s talk about the show and the Collection! The outfits were designed by our dear friend and partner in crime, Rinaldo Girasoli. The collection was inspired by the looks of the 1940’s and finished off with a dash of modern twist made in a turquoise , champagne gold and off-white palette. The skirts ending below the knee , the bodices of the outfits fitted to the figure enhancing the waist made the whole collection very feminine. The faux fur, as the focal fabric of the collection, embellishing the collars and the sleeves added a touch of glamour to the whole range. The finale outfit, which closed the show, both the dress and the coat, were composed of champagne gold tones on the dress and the full length coat in ivory fur, with a deeper contrast colour on the collar gave that final touch of class and opulence.


When it came to the hats, I had to make sure that the style of each piece will well complement each outfit, not just in colour but in style as well to finish off the look. Taken into account the style elements of the 1940’s and giving them a modern touch, they resulted in a very fresh and chic collection. I used very wide shallow brims as well as classic shapes such as beret, pillbox and the super chic cloche that was a very common style in that era. I also incorporated the fur altghouh sparingly as I didn’t want the hats to look too heavy.  The use of natural colour pheasant feathers tied in beautifully, quills and also added a little touch of glitz in the focal point to finish off with a large faceted cabochon and surrounded by beading all mounted on a fabric daisy. The use of the spotted veil gave them the delicate and glamourous look. Below some on the hats in progress..

It was a thrill and a privilege to work with Rinaldo again, and very proud of our collections we created.

More views of the Collection on the Catwalk taken by the talented Pamela Gibson.


View Ultimate Design Hats Catwalk Autumn Collection here.


Our lovely stand was also featured in the highlights of the wedding show as we brought new styles to the show apart from the new collection. See video Our stand on 0:30 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.


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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Are you Ready… for some extravagance!

Are you Ready for Royal Ascot?

Because we definitely are! This is one our favourite events of the year. Ultimate Design Hats loves Royal Ascot not only for all the beautiful millinery pieces we get to create but to see our pieces come to life on our clients and make their outfits look perfect and our wonderful customers looking absolutely beautiful.


Here are some photos from one our photoshoots set at Balmule House in the beautiful Scottish countryside. Set in the heart of the Fife countryside, just north of Dunfermline, Balmule House is remarkably easy to get to. Driving time is less than a one hour from Glasgow and only thirty minutes from Edinburgh and Perth.

The Balmule team will be happy to help with chauffeur drive, for any size of party, to get you to Balmule House from almost anywhere in the country.

You can choose to arrive by helicopter and land in our grounds.

If your looking for extravagance turning up to Royal Ascot in one our designs, you will defiantly be fitting the criteria. (Especially if you arrive by Helicopter oh la la)



‘Get the Look’ L.K.Bennett London

“Get the Look” L.K. Bennett SS14

Our recent collaboration with L.K. Bennett for their Spring/Summer 2014 has been fantastic. We have created some exclusive designs specially tailored to compliment their most recent range and colour palette.

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The Duchess of Cambridge is seen here wearing two dresses from L.K. Bennett’s current SS14 collection, both pieces featuring that statement fire blue that is a perfect colour for the Summer season. It’s bold and block colour creates a statement fearless look that will make you stand out in the crowd.

This outfit accompanied with one our hat designs (whose colour palette has been perfectly matched to the entire range) is the ultimate look for either a summer wedding this season or even Royal Ascot or Ladies Lunch.

To check out more of our designs and L.K. Bennett’s current range check our both our website and L.K. Bennett’s Glasgow store:

L.K. Bennett London 32 Royal Exchange Square, City Centre, Glasgow G1 3AB, United Kingdom
+44 141 221 5500

The Scottish Wedding Channel

Ultimate Design Hats has been working with the Scottish Wedding Channel; The Scottish Wedding Channel is the world’s first online bridal magazine – with every feature in video format. A pioneering new way to inform, advise and entertain viewers with a variety of features including expert advice, hair and make-up tutorials, DIY segments, real life weddings, venue features and supplier spotlight.

So who better for us to team up with the wedding season to bring more designs and trends to our viewers and clients!

Here are some behind the scene photos for our most recent collaboration where we and our Head Designer and Founder Ana Maria Ortega created some feature videos about the perfect hat and how to find it for this current wedding season.

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Our collaboration with the Scottish Wedding Channel was all about choosing the right hat for the right features and personality. Finding the right hat is not only about picking the right colours for your garment, it is more importantly finding a hat that will make you stand out in the crowd. At Ultimate Design Hats the most crucial thing for us is creating a style and shape that best compliments your facial structure and enhances your personality.

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L.K. Bennett London

Ultimate Design Hats has teamed up with L.K. Bennett London for their Spring/Summer 2014 Collection this season. Creating exclusive and unique designs to produce a polished and complete look with L.K. Bennett’s current styles. Featuring styles worn by the Duchess of Cambridge on her recent Royal Tour in Australia, these designs are full of colour and vibrancy getting ready for a spring fever. Our designs are currently on display at their Glasgow Store.

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L.K. Bennett London, Glasgow Store:
32 Royal Exchange Square, City Centre, Glasgow G1 3AB, United Kingdom
+44 141 221 5500

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Check out both our exclusive designs on our online shop and L.K. Bennett’s current range:



With Wedding Season kicking off and Royal Ascot soon approaching, we are giving one lucky lady (or gent) the chance to win this stunning BESPOKE creation!

Hat Competition-Photo from FB

All you have to do is LIKE and SHARE this post on Facebook for a chance to win this hat, which has a retail value of £375! The winner will be announced once we hit 800 LIKES on Facebook!

 This is a fantastic opportunity to make all your friends green with envy, and to stand out in the crowd either at Royal Ascot or your next event such as a Wedding, Ladies Day, Races or even just on a beautiful Spring day.

Find us on Facebook here to Like and Share this image and become one step close to being the owner of this exclusively designed Bespoke Hat.