Millinery Book Release on 7th October 2017

Thank you so much to everyone who came to our book launch on Saturday. We both feel totally overwhelmed by the incredible support through our family, friends and customers and the community of Lewes. A very enjoyable evening was had at the Depot Cinema, cafe and restaurant it was great to celebrate the book after all the hard work.
‘Millinery: The Art of Hat-Making’ comes out on 7th October. You can order it through Amazon or Waterstones or direct from the publishers GMC Group or if you are local in Lewes pop by our studio to get a signed copy!

The book provides fully illustrated step-by-step instructions for 12 stunning hats and headpieces, which are suitable for a wide variety of occasions and require minimal tools and materials. The eye catching designs include a felt trilby, a chic pillbox, a leather cap, a feathered headband, a sparking cocktail hat and a bridal headdress.

Novices will find all the advice they need on the tools, materials and techniques required to make the hats. Full of inspirational photography, this beautifully designed book shows you how to achieve high-end, couture results at home.

Moods on the Ouse: Lewes Artwave 2017

  ‘Where Fashion meets Art’ is a contemporary slant on how nature inspires and shapes art in a myriad of sublime forms.

Hosted in Susie Monnington’s secret hideaway studio, this collaboration melds all that is best from the sussex countryside with the height of fashion through the form of bespoke millinery.

The juxtaposition of classical natural imagery and three dimensional fashion design is innovative and intriguing. The striking silhouettes of the Lomax & Skinner designed hats (art forms in themselves) against Susie’s romantic water lily paintings adds an exciting dimension that wouldn’t be out of place in a London gallery or on the catwalks of Milan.

This fresh take on exhibiting art leaves one breathless. If you see only one show this season, see this.

Moods on the Ouse

Hen Party Millinery Fun!

Fancy wearing your own creation on your wedding day and doing something a little different as part of your Hen day celebrations? Our ‘Hen Party Millinery Fun’ workshop can be booked for up to 12 guests. This 4/5 hour fascinator workshop can be tailored to suit the brides colours and theme for her wedding day. Millinery tuition,  equipment and materials are all provided. No previous sewing skills needed.

A break for afternoon tea including Prosecco, homemade scones, lemon drizzle cake and a selection of English teas is also served. (Please let us know any dietary requirements so we can cater for them)

As you can see this lively group of ladies thoroughly enjoyed their day and had a lot of laughs!






Rolling Stones Exhibition 

Thrilled to see a hat I made for Mike Jagger’s Voodoo Lounge Tour is on display at The Saatchi Gallery London now but it finishes on 4th September so hurry if you want to go. It was along time ago that I made it, 22 years to be precise back in 1994 ! 

When you can’t visit our studio

You may have seen one of our hats online or whilst out and about but you just can’t get to our studio in Lewes. Do not worry there is so much we can do nowadays with technology, even buying a hat!

If you email us a picture of yourself in your outfit we can advise which hat shape will suit you and the occasion. If  your outfit is being made by a dressmaker it is likely we will be able to view it online and be sent photographs at every stage. If you would like we can use the material from the outfit for a perfect match. We also offer a hand dyeing colour matching service.

Many of our smaller cocktail pieces are attached to a hidden Alice band so the fit is universal but larger brim and crown hats  do need to be made in your own individual head size to ensure complete comfort on the day.

To take your head measurement, take a dressmakers tape measure around the head, at the level of your middle forehead, where you would wear a hat. It’s very simple measurement to take but we would recommend having a friend to do it, it’s tricky peering in the mirror with a tape measure trying to read what it says in reverse!

The customer in the picture above lives in Canada and emailed us to order a hat for her daughter’s wedding taking place in the UK. She couldn’t make it to our studio so everything was done by email and photographs, including the last minute change of colour to the trimming as her jacket hadn’t arrived with the rest of her outfit and at the very last minute a new one had to be purchased.