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  1. Spring is in the air!

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    Our new spring summer hats and fascinators are arriving in the shop for the 2016 season.

    We have an exciting range of colours this year including soft blues and pale pinks. Watermelon is one of the 2016 colours for this summer (a soft coral tone).

    Yellows and a deep cobalt blue have been delivered, unpacked and wowed about! The shops going to be lovely and colourful over the summer months.

    This summer many of the more unusual colours will also have matching pashminas and clutch bags as we hear from our customers how difficult some colours are to get in other accessories.

    The bespoke jobs are starting to build up too, so if you want something unique and individual making for that special ocassion please give us as much time as possible so we have time to order in fabrics, dyes or special feathers.

  2. Christmas in Beverley

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    Busy, busy, busy the festival of Christmas in the marketplace was wonderful this year again with thousands attending the event.

    All the traders were dressed in Victorian outfits and Santa and his reindeer were a highlight of the day.

    This year was the busiest the shop has ever been since the business opened and the atmosphere was great with everyone having an enjoyable day.

  3. Hats for Royal Ascot

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    In March I was lucky enough to get a place on a week long course with the milliners milliner the delightful Rose Cory (photo of her on my gallery page). Rose used to make hats for the royal family and particularly for the late queen mother. We were also joined by an experienced milliner and haute couture tailor who used to be the fashion design manager for Vivienne Westwood.

    I had a wonderful week in London and learnt many new techniques including the making of silk flowers, felt hats, trims and a fascinator that wouldn't look half bad at Ascot!

    In the run up to Ascot I've used many of the new techniques and ideas I learnt earlier this year and have been pleased with the results. Many of my customers have been delighted with the results and its really gratifying to have so many smiling faces leave the shop.

    I've especially enjoyed working with and adding Swarovski crystals in a myriad of colours to our hats and fascinators on either silver or gold plated wires.

    I'm looking forward to seeing the highlights of Royal Ascot this year and trying to spot our hats, if you see an amazing hat be sure to pop into the shop and check if it's one of ours!

  4. Fabulous New Winter Stock 12/13

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    Most of our new stock for this winter 2012/2013 has arrived over the last couple of weeks. I'm really pleased with our stock this year and its with delight that we have unpacked whilst oohing and ahhing.

    The first to arrive were the everyday wool hats from Symphony. These are made in Scotland using pure new wools, with swirl patterns or buckles. I've ordered brighter colours this winter such as reds and deep purples or royal blues (think we all need cheering up!).

    Next were the winter wedding fascinators in velvets and satins, they're slightly 'heavier' in look compared to our summer stock and come in pure silky blacks and rich chestnut colours.

    The final 2 big deliveries are our most popular item when the snow begins. These are the furry cossack styles of hat in long glamourous fur or in a shorter silky 'mink' look. These all have matching tippets, scarves, muffs or boot-tops and start at £24 for the headband to £39 for the long scarf. These items make wonderful Christmas presents - I've even had a couple of customers buy these as a present to themselves, all wrapped and waiting under the tree for Christmas morning!

    We've already had a couple of frosty mornings, so make sure youre prepared with your new hat, scarf & gloves!

  5. Autumn 2011

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    Our new autumn/winter stock for 2011/12 is now starting to arrive with stunning fabrics such as velvets, felts and quills in rich burgundy's, juniper plum colours and chocolate which is in vogue this year.

    Pill box hats have been a big feature this summer and are set to continue into the winter wedding season. This is partly due to the 'royal' influence, as this is a style favoured by all the younger members of the royal family. Pill boxes are also an easy style to wear as they are often on a headband which doesn't leave 'hat hair' when removed.

    It is generally found that wedding hats are smaller in the winter as many weddings are held in hotels and customers want a smaller style that could be worn into the evening.

    As far as casual styles go, cloche hats are really big news this winter as they are easily wearable and suit everybody. The other style seen in all the fashion magazines is a return to the wavy brimmed 70's style hat in a winter felt. We have both these styles now in stock and my favorite is the 2 colour cloche with a big band of colour running through it (soon to be put on the website).

    In October we have the furry cossack styles and sheepskins arriving, with matching stoles, handwarmers and boot tops. These are so wearable and warm if we have another snowy winter like the last two !

    Finally, we are pleased to say our Christmas gift sets will be gorgeous this year. There will be pure new wool hat scarf and glove sets with red beads in a fabulous heart shape, and sets with handsewn pearls all at fabulous prices. Come in and see what we have, and you'll find a warm welcome from myself and all the staff.

  6. Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton

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    What a fabulous event, with many stunning hats to be seen  made by top british designers.
    Everyone in the shop was really excited when Catherine's cousin (a Yorkshire resident) came into the shop and bought an item worn on the day at Westminster Abbey.
    The mother of the brides hat was sublime and I'm currently working on making a silmilar design based on this theme in bold colours that would look fantastic for Ascot.
    Events like this are a milliners dream and it was good the rest of the world was seeing our top designs and creations. We wish them both every happiness for the future.
  7. Spring Summer colours and styles for 2011

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    Spring is well and truly underway with all our new stock for 2011 starting to arrive, this years colours are truly vibrant, yellow's, blues, reds and greens.
    The shop's starting to look wonderful with this years colours and we will be getting in satin, organza and diamante clutch bags to match all these wonderful colours.
    Pill box hats are big for 2011, especially since Kate Middleton wore a beautiful small pill hat with a curled phearsant feather for her first royal engagement with William. The lady that made this particular hat is a gifted milliner and will be making the hat for her sister Pippa for the wedding (Vivien Sherrif - stocked at The Beverley Hat Company).
    The Wedding Journal are writing a piece on the Royal Wedding, it seems everyone's talking about it, and have asked me what I thought the royal ladies might be wearing on their heads. There's about 6 weeks to go and I know Philip Treacy will be making Kate's hat for the evening and for her mother to wear during the ceremony. At a guess I think Kate will be wearing one of the royal tiara's during the day, maybe even one of Diana's?? Who knows?
  8. 'Lucky in Love' racemeeting June 2010

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    Last night was the 'Lucky in Love' race meeting at Beverley racecourse. It was a fabulous sunny evening and all the ladies looked wonderful.
    I was kindly asked by the organisers of the event to help choose the best dressed lady.
    The prize was won by Beverley Garbutt who looked stunning in aqua and black. The prize was a choice of hat or fascinator from The Beverley Hat Company and 2 complimentary tickets to Ladies Day from the racecourse.
    Beverley was also asked to present the cup to the winner of the 'Match your Padlock and key' handicap.
    The event was covered by The Journal and Look North were interviewing punters in the early part of the evening.
    Images of the event can be seen on run by Paul Smith who took images of the best dressed lady and events around the racecourse on the evening.
    Everyone had a wonderful time and I'm sure this event will just go from strength to strength.
  9. Our new spring and summer stock has now arrived.

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    Our new spring and summer stock is now instore with all this years latest trends and fashions including flowers and silk roses as featured in last weeks Sunday Times fashion magazine.

    We also have many stunning hats and headpieces with sequins, crystals and diamante and have already sold a couple of spectacular pieces for ladies going to Royal Ascot in June.
    I only stock one of each headpiece or hat, so individuality will be guaranteed wherever you go. If you have an occasion to buy for please dont hesitate to call in and see our new range.
  10. Ski season is here - February 1st 2010

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    Well this has been a hard winter weatherwise, but fortunately all our sheepskins and faux furs have kept us warm.
    We sold many luxury Whitely hats and matching faux fur collars before Christmas and then with so much snow throughout January and the beginning of Feb we had more orders for the handmade Toscana fur sheepskin hats and mittens.
    These beautiful items are made in Somerset by a farm which utilises both the sheep and its wool, so unlike the exotic fur trade this is more ethical. The wool is combed until it has the fine appearance of a tipped fur but has the velvet inner lining found inside a sheepskin product.
    Our other ethical products include the hand knitted Faitrade hats from Nepal and Peru. These fun hats (with plaits or pom poms) with matching gloves and scarves are made from the loveliest thick pure new wool and are lined with a soft fleece - making them the ideal accessories for your winter or skiing holiday.