New designs

I think the best thing about making hats is the when a customer gives you their ideas and it’s something new that you have never tried before. I love the thinking/designing process, bringing their idea to life. That’s what excites me about millinery, u don’t know which way the design will take you.





Royal Ascot Hat

I am pleased to announce that I have just recreated one of my popular designs for a lady, who will be wearing it to lady’s day at Royal Ascot today! She was very pleased with the pink and orange leaf design and wanted it to stand out from the crowd by going bigger and boulder than it’s predecessor. I hope I catch a glimpse of it on TV or let me know if you spot it.


With only a week to create something for her daughters wedding, Lynda certainly gave me a challenge. A repeat customer Lynda wanted something that would perfectly match her almond dress with regal blue lace overlay.

The design had to be elegant and I think a sleek and stylish disk shape with complimenting feather detail will give her the elegant timeless look she wants for her daughters special day.



Alex Grogan 2014

Thank you, Faye, for making exactly what I’d been looking for – something beautiful and unique. I had plenty of very positive comments during the wedding but most of all ….. I loved it!




See yours truly showcasing my latest designs at Pitcher and Piano, Saturday 17th may between 12-3pm. I will also be exhibiting with the very talented fashion designer Charlotte Lucy and there will also be vintage kimonos from Smith and Downes. Hope to see you there

York is already known to most as Britain’s best-preserved medieval city, a tourist hot-spot with a wealth of history from invading Vikings and Romans and a fine Minster. It is also the hub of the railway network and a confectionery mecca. However, it is increasingly becoming known as a city of style and this weekend Fashion City York’s 2014 events kick off, with in-store discounts, flash-mobs, sophisticated fashion shows, live windows and more.

Fashion City York’s inaugural weekend took place in April 2011 to great acclaim and plenty of positive feedback from visitors and retailers alike. Another weekend of events followed in September that year and now a steering group of volunteers, led by chairperson, Angela Horner, director of Browns in York, have got together to plan another series of events to promote York as a fashion shopping destination and to support local talent in the fashion industry.

The idea came from a meeting of retail managers who were discussing the current selection of events held in the city centre. Footfall figures from York’s main streets show that the number of people in York city centre dramatically increases during events such as the Food and Drink Festival and St. Nicholas’ Fayre, however retailers do not always see a corresponding rise in takings.

Having gained the support of the City of York Council, Visit York, The York Press, Yorkshire Living and high street names, fashion-savvy shoppers will descend on the cobbled catwalks of this medieval city this weekend for their fashion fix.




With Royal Ascot soon upon us I have entered a competition to create a unique piece of millinery.

My Antoinette hat has been designed to reflect the piece and tranquility of Coworth Park (specified in the brief by milliner Stephen Jones, who will also announce the winner).

The prize includes 2 tickets to Royal Ascot as well as 2 nights at Coworth Park. Wish me luck.

I always enjoy a good wedding and Sundays was no exception. Great venue, beautiful weather and the fact that it was one of my closest friends made it that much more special.

Having made 4 pieces of headwear for the event, including my own show stopper I felt such pride to be part of such a beautiful day.






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