Styles & Prices
“HOW MUCH DOES A HAT COST?”
Which one? What fabric? What size?? How long is a piece of string?
It would be lovely if there was just a one word answer to this! But there are soooo many different styles of hat and options for colours and materials.
The simplest way to give an idea of prices is to show examples of styles and prices.
The below is a guide of options but these are only a very small sample of styles that can be made. Hats are still made every year for theatre and opera in a complete range of materials and styles and well to theatrical budgets, so please don’t be scared to enquire which category your enquiry falls under.
THERE ARE THREE WAYS TO ORDER BESPOKE OR CUSTOM HATS.
ONE: CUSTOM - ONLINE & VIA THE COLOUR CHARTS
Custom means doing it all online as with regular shopping, so pick your colour add it to your cart bob’s your uncle, your hat will be made & sent out to you as soon as it's made, which is usually within two weeks.
This is using the Fundamental collection. The Fundamental collection was created as a slow fashion collective, a sustainable alternative to constant fast fashion collections.
As styles they are designed to be simple and bold and hats that are a very simple finishing touch to an outfit, but are fun and colourful. Instead of creating vast collections each year, as the fashion industry does a lot, these are a humble simple alternative. Intentionally kept simple.
TWO: TWEAK - VIA FITTINGS & EMAIL TO YOUR REQUIREMENTS
Tweak allows you to make one or two colour requests & slight variations of hats in the fundamental collection, that aren’t available to order online. So such as a change in veiling colour or feather colour. Or the addition of a bow or the removal of an element.
Tweak is slightly more expensive than custom hats, but just so it allows for the extra time and material costs of any specially bought materials.
This option also allows for a shade variation of the hat colour itself. The colours shown in the colour charts online are all held in stock, HOWEVER all the fabric suppliers themselves have a lot more shades in stock and more often that not it is really easy to get a closer match.
FUNDAMENTAL/CUSTOM PRICES: START AT £55
TWEAK: FOR THE COST OF A TWEAK HAT, JUST DROP AN ENQUIRY FOR AN APPROXIMATE QUOTE. (BETWEEN £15-£25 EXTRA APPROX)
THREE: BESPOKE - USING EMAIL OR FITTINGS AND STARTING FROM SCRATCH
This option allows you to start completely from scratch, so a style is made just for you. If you don’t see an option for the style you are looking for then this is the one for you. It doesn’t necessarily mean it’s unaffordable though! Prices are always discussed up front and along the way and the making of these is done by the hour, all based on the blocking and making time per hat.
A small fascinator, hat or headpiece, either on a headband or elastic.
This includes bridal headpieces such as for Kate below. Or for hats closer in size to the Penny button hat on the left.
A slightly larger hat, but with more trim detail and a wider base. This includes Daisy hats (on the right) or Peggy hats (left pic) with a simple bit of trim detail to finish the hat off.
Anything that involves a brim or a bit more blocking! Such as the below hat for Geraldine, a mother of the bride. This hat was blocked to cover and consider the customer's alopecia, whilst not drawing attention & allowing her to focus on her daughter's day. So the crown and brim were blocked separately & sculptured around the side to create a bit more detail. The brim was blocked to this shape so it stayed away from her face, but gave coverage where needed. And of course with trim detail and in colours to match her dress.
These are the ones that require more time and craft, when the sculptured detail is like making another hat to put on top, because of the extra blocking & hand stitching.
This is where we can have more fun and I can use the unusual phrase "I've gone to a class or two with a lovely lady who made hats for the queen" No really..
It sounds incredibly cheesy and well wanky to say... but once upon a time I took a class or two in the kitchen of a wonderful lady, who has quite literally worked for decades and made hats for the queen, even to the point of holding a royal warrant. It was bonkers and the craft essentially that she knows about millinery is mind blowing. Also one of the most bizarre experiences, as she is so humble and old school. We used old millinery irons heated on her stove and then sat at a worktable in the kitchen right next door. I can still remember one day when Marie went to go to get a specific hat block out of her loft for us to use, as she worked from her little house in Ealing and that is where everything is now stored. As rummaging I will never forget her mid conversation just randomly dropping "oh that's a piece of the queens dress" *continues rummaging.. "and that one". As she still had samples that she used as colour references to make the hats, and they are now just casually stored in her loft.
From a craft point of view Marie taught us a lot about balance and shape, but also mainly how to create new shapes and to essentially think outside the box, how to use one shape to make another new one. Also about the boundaries of materials, so when buckram can be stretched using an egg iron. Or for the pink hat below, the curl was created on a completely different shaped block, to get the curve that goes all the way along, but the wire is then bent in the opposite direction to create the whole curl.
Marie can not thank you enough!
Also "long thread lazy girl"
WHAT IF I CAN'T SEE A STYLE LISTED?
The styles above are only used as a guide to styles, just to give you an idea of prices. This does not mean they are the only styles available made to order!
Almost all bespoke requests start from references and ideas of shapes that you might like and most shapes are possible! So if you can't see one listed and don't know if it is possible or just want a quick idea then just fill out the enquiry form or drop a quick email to enquire.