Designer Wedding Hats

Designer Wedding Hats

Included here are our high end hats, ones which are truly unique and made of the best materials. All of our hats are special, handmade with love, but there are different grades of material, and some materials which are rare, There are also some shapes which are classic shapes, and some which are uniquely ours. We have therefore branded this section Designer Hats to house our highest quality hats.

You might be wondering what materials set these designer wedding hats apart from our other sections. An example is an upgrade in sinamay – from sinamay the highest grade we can get is Pinokpok. This is a very fine weave, and the sinamay is pounded before blocking. The material is lovely to use, and is almost linen like in texture. Another is the difference in straw – the highest being Panama – which you can also see in our Straw section and read about this product which is fairtrade and eco friendly.
We occasionally use taxidermy in our hats. This is not unusual for traditional millinery – it is common to see full birds on Victorian hats for example. The use of feathers is standard in millinery, but we sometimes like to take it a step further and use full bird wings. We also use butterflies and insects. All butterflies have died naturally and have either come from a butterfly education centre or from vintage case. You can see more like this in the UglyLovely section.
One of our favourite things to do is to trawl the Parisian flea markets in search of vintage veil and vintage taxidermy birds. We love to put these with high quality materials as we feel this frames them in the best way possible.
Another example is the difference in felt, with both daywear and designer wedding hats and fascinators. The standard felt is wool felt, which is the most common material to buy your fedora or trilby hat in. However, it is possible to buy Rabbit Hair fur, which is brushed rabbit. The easiest way to explain the difference is to say it’s like buying a Wool jumper, or buying an Angora jumper – both of which are good, natural materials. However, Angora (brushed rabbit) is far sofer, more luxurious and warmer.

These are a few examples of upgrades. To create these hats we slow down our practice, and even the smaller pieces like the designer fascinators take time and care. If you see a hat on the website and you’d like to know if it can be upgraded, then do ask and we can make some suggestions, for example, a sinamay hat to a Pinokpok, or a standard straw hat to Parisisal.

We love to look at the great designer millinery of the past for inspiration, for example Elsa Schiapareli or vintage Dior. Who doesn’t love Shiapareli’s surreal shoe hat? Researching the designer hats for ladies of the 1930s is a particular source of joy.

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