Who wants to be a Milliner?! A few more images……

This is a great picture from David at                                     And a few images from Nick at                                         […]

Who Wants to be a Milliner? Winner!!

I was lucky enough to be asked to compete in an event at Cheltenham Fashion Week recently.  It was a very glitzy evening in which I and two other milliners had to make a hat on stage in front of an audience.  We also had beautifully made-up and coiffured models to wear our hats in […]

Bespoke Hat Blocks… DIY!

I have over a hundred hat blocks accumulated over the last twenty years from various sources and I love each and every one of them!  All of them have a story. Some from retired milliners, some passed on to me by the families of long-ago milliners, some I have commissioned and had made, and a […]

Hen Parties and Workshops….

It has been some while since I have hosted any parties, but due to recent interest, I think it is time to accept the ensuing mayhem and have a few more.  I love it when the girls get together, dress-up in pretty frocks generally say nice things about how we all look, and, of course, […]

Royal Ascot 2013

Well, it’s been a slow start this year but finally and convincingly picked up, not least with the rush for suitable race-going headwear.  Last year bought many orders of the same type of hat, namely the disc sporting spines, merry widow spot veiling, silk blooms et al, in all manner of sizes and frivolity.  This […]

Ladies Day at Taunton Racecourse.

Fun!  A chance to meet some new and old customers whilst inspecting the sartorial style of the Ladies and Gentlemen patronising our local racecourse.  It was a lovely opportunity to get out of the shop and sport the wares alfresco.  A hastily bought gazebo and a smart new banner (both erected by Jules) secured our […]

Getting Fruity…

Well, it’s almost spring (!) and I’m trying to keep the sunshine alive at the milliners despite rain, flooding, and now, ice & snow.  This can be a quiet time of year which is excellent for getting the showroom ready for the coming season.  The flooding in Taunton was so dire recently the police denied […]

Bicornes and Cloches…. And Farewell to the Fascinator!

Crikey, long overdue for a blog update, anyone would have thought I’d been busy!  It’s not been easy to come up with a new design to compete with the (now) ubiquitous ‘saucer’ or ‘satellite dish’, many of which I have made in the last eighteen months……. But… Here it is.. My new passion for all […]

Hats an’ Bluegrass; Hats On!

Last weekend we took our new Gentleman’s Hats venture to Didmarton Bluegrass Festival on Kemble Airfield in Gloucestershire… This is because Jules Bushell, champion of  ‘The Gentleman’s Area’, is also a musician who plays double bass (mandolin, saw, phonofiddle etc….)with several bands.  We set up a Gentleman’s Front Room with our new range of hats […]

Redressing the Balance…

There has been a subtle murmur of excitement and preening of feathers among the lady residents at 14a The Bridge since the arrival of some very smart hats for the gentlemen.  Thank you, and welcome, Jules Bushell for championing the new ‘Gentleman’s Area’. We now stock a range of classic and stylish hats and caps by […]