The 10 Best British Milliners For Social Season
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The 10 Best British Milliners For Social Season

The perfect finishing touch

Spring is here, and you know what that means? That the social calendar is in full swing… and you’re going to need a hat. Or at the very least a beautiful embellished headband or fascinator. Whether you’re off to Ascot, Henley or a wedding, here are the best British milliners to make heads turn this season.

Want to know the history and behind-the-scenes info about these brilliant British milliners? Check out our guide to the best UK-hailing hat brands here.

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The Best British Milliners For The 2023 Social Season

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Woman in sparkly dress and red hat

Emily London

Amada Hat, £1,420

About The Brand: Expect headwear for every occasion from Emily London, which crafts all of its headwear by hand from its London-based studio.

Mannequin in straw hat with flowers

Laura Cathcart Millinery

Chelsea Boater Coral, £695

About The Brand: Known for her timeless collections and elegant designs, Laura Cathcart Millinery designs hats for weddings, races, Christenings and other special occasions.

Woman in green jumper and ink floral headpiece

Rachel Trevor-Morgan

Peach Silk Pillbox with Toned Cascading Roses, £POA

About The Brand: Rachel Trevor-Morgan has been designing hats for more than 30 years and is renowned for her attention to detail, handwork and feminine designs.

Mannequin in black beret made by British milliner Stephen Jones

Stephen Jones

7 Onassis Veiled Beret, £684

About The Brand: When we think of British hat makers, we think of Stephen Jones OBE. One of the leading British milliners in the industry, Stephen Jones has designed hats for world-renowned fashion houses and major celebrities alike.

Woman in blue suit and yellow hat

John Boyd Hats

Tumbling Orchids Dish, £745

About The Brand: One of London’s most respected hat brands, John Boyd Hats has been milliner to multiple generations of British royals – from Princess Diana to Kate Middleton.

Woman in white beret with daisies made by British milliner Lock & Co.

Lock & Co.

Victoria Beret, £945

About The Brand: The oldest hat shop in the world came from Lock & Co. in 1676, and has a fantastic historical client list – think Sir Winston Churchill, Oscar Wilde and Charlie Chaplin.

Woman in blue hat and dress

Suzannah London

Veil Spot Boater, £680

About The Brand: High-end womenswear brand Suzannah London specialises in timeless and elegant design – and its hats follow the same ethos.

Woman in hat with yellow flowers

Philip Treacy

Hat with Yellow Flowers, £POA

About The Brand: While not technically British, Irish milliner Philip Treacy has spent most of his career in London – and is synonymous haute couture headwear.

Woman in floral hat made by British milliner Vivien Sheriff

Vivien Sheriff

Thyme, £1,015

About The Brand: Crafting each of her hats by hand in her Wiltshire studio, Vivien Sheriff create timeless headwear with an underlying dramatic flair.

Find information on how to rent a Vivien Sheriff hat here

Woman in pink hat on pink background

Awon Golding

Heather Pink Crin Bird Ascot Hat, £925

About The Brand: This British-Indian designer is all about fun, flirty designs with pops of colour and sculptural features.

Featured image: John Boyd Hats