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  1. I'm in awe of all our athletes who participated in the London Games 2012. Congratulations to each and every athlete who will have trained for many hours in their respective sport.

    The shop was lucky enough to have been visited by the coach & performance consultant for the Canadian paralympic equestrian team whilst they stayed at Bishop Burton prior to traveling to London. They all did so well and should be pleased and proud of their achievements.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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 HU17.net 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.
  6. Last week I went to pick up our collection of hats and fascinators for Royal Ascot and the start of the racing season.
    These specially commissioned hats were all handmade to order and come in a fabulous variety of colours to compliment this seasons fashions. The stunning colours are especially eyecatching in Marine Blues and the deep purple tones seen in the shops this summer - with large silk flowers, diamante or big bows.
    Yellow is still a hot colour for 2010 especially 'Chartreuse' with lime tones, this also looks good with a deep violet fascinator or hat.
    Please call into the shop for further details.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
     
  9. All our Autumn/Winter 09/10 stock is starting to arrive with luscious red Berry and deep purples along with all the lovely velvet, tweed and wool fabrics -perfect to go with that Winter outfit.
    For the first time this year we've got a selection of handbags to match the hats in velvets and tweeds.
    Many customers are now looking for Autumn through to Christmas weddings at home and in hotter places. Christmas weddings seem to be getting more and more popular, so we've got the perfect hat. If you're going to a wedding overseaas then a feather or flower fascinator will be just the thing.
    This year I've ordered Fairtrade handknits from Peru and Nepal, they're fabulous quality, made from pure new wool and fleece ;ined. 
    These will be arriving before Christmas along with boxed hat, scarf and glove sets. Our fine leather gloves from Italy will also be arriving in time for Christmas so pop in for that perfect present.
  10. We're now opening on Wednesdays! Our new member of staff has just joined us and is ready to open 11am - 4pm.
    Joyce has worked in clothing retail selling hats for many years so brings a wealth of experience to our team. Glad to have you with us.
     
    Our regular hours are now
     
    Weds    11- 4 pm
    Thurs   10-5pm
    Fri         10-5pm
    Sat         10-5pm