maggie mowbray millinery
Maggie Mowbray Millinery is an award winning niche brand focussing on high quality product and exclusive design.
In 2012 Maggie Mowbray launched her eponymous label, Maggie Mowbray Millinery. Maggie began selling her designs on Etsy and very soon gained recognition for her workmanship and customer service. From small beginnings, Maggie has created a business model dedicated to creating timeless, elegant British Millinery; all designs are formed by Maggie, by hand, then stitched and finished in her studio near Edinburgh.
Maggie originally studied Fine Art and as a result has developed a keen sense of composition and colour awareness. Maggie can provide her customers with expert advice on style suitability and colour choices.
Maggie's unique millinery designs are coveted and worn by clientele around the world. Customers include patrons of Royal Ascot, international race events and Royal garden parties and celebrity figures.
Unrestricted by geographical boundaries, designs can be purchased worldwide through our online shop, our showroom & selected outlets, selling to 28 countries worldwide and counting.
Maggie's designs regularly feature in magazines both in the UK and Internationally, including Vogue UK, Vogue Sposa, The Best Scottish Weddings (Tie the Knot), Perfect Wedding and Brides UK, to name a few and including prominent international blogs.
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Maggie Mowbray Millinery & Our Slow Fashion Commitment
1. Mass Consumption:
We recognise the impacts of our consumer choices, which can directly impact the environment and people’s lives.
By reducing mass fashion production, we create less pressure on forests and ecosystems, which are being damaged or destroyed for such things as fibre production and the result of pollution from mass garment manufacture.
2. Deeper Meaning
We offer fashion accessories with a human connection. You, the customer can be part of the design process, allowing you to help create the design you would like, therefore more likely to keep and reuse. You can talk directly to Maggie regarding your design or the design process at any stage.
Your design will take up to 3 weeks to create, as it is made by a skilled milliner who cares about the quality of the workmanship and detail invoved.
3. Resources & Responsibility
We focus on using materials purchased from UK & European supply chains when possible and only purchase stock as required. Each design is made to order and many designs will continue to be sold season after season.
All our hats are made in the UK, in house. Maggie designs, cuts, blocks, creates and sews all our hats & headpieces, ensuring constant high quality.
Our hats are made to order, which not only ensures your hat is in its best condition but also helps to reduce waste associated with surplus stock.
Our felts are purchased from UK and EU suppliers which have full traceability back to the base material ensuring our rabbit and and wool felts are from trusted sources where the animal welfare is strictly monitored.
We occasionally use authentic porcupine quills, these are naturally harvested, causing no harm or distress to the animal, our supplier in Africa contributes a percentage of the cost to local charities.
We will never use endangered bird feathers or materials.
We try to support our British Millinery block makers as much as possible, by having our millinery blocks made by British Craftspeople such as Guy Morse Brown, Boon & Lane and Hat Blocks Direct.
4. Quality & Timelessness:
We offer classic designs over fast fashion trends, which contributes to the longevity of our accessories. We ensure the durability of our hat designs by sourcing high quality fabrics, offering traditional cuts and creating beautiful, timeless pieces. With each design being made by an experienced milliner, we can ensure quality and workmanship. Our prices are based on maintaining sustainable resources and fair wages.
“In addition to designing and making seasonal millinery collections and bridal collections, I also love to create custom designs for my customers on request.
All of my hats and headpieces are custom made to order; from designing, to shaping the hat and hand finishing. This allows for personal customisation, whether it is simply adding veiling or feathers to your hat, sizing for a perfect fit or a colour change to reworking the design to suit my client. I also offer my clients my specialist knowledge of suitable styles and materials on request.
I use only the best quality materials to create my unique made to order designs. I design exclusive ladies hats from every day wear hats to elegant cocktail hats and fascinators, perfect for Ascot, or for weddings. Where possible I like to incorporate my favourite fabrics which are luxurious silks, wool felts, soft fur felts, Scottish lace and Scottish Harris Tweed.
When I design, each hat is reworked and modelled to achieve the best form and silhouette; line, contour and balance are all considered at each angle. How your hat looks on you is also a reflection on me and my abilities as a designer!
I source and use exquisite vintage millinery stock, including authentic vintage silk and rayon veiling; I adore the feel and nature of the veiling which is softer and finer than modern veiling.
I truly believe the success of simple design is making it fabulous”!