Our responsibility to you and our planet
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.
Each design is hand made to order, we have no surplus stock with the exception of our sample designs for our customers to try in our Atelier & Showroom.
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 involved.
Maggie makes every design which leaves our design studio, by purchasing from Maggie Mowbray Millinery, you are supporting a small independent business.
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 wool felts are from trusted sources where the animal welfare is strictly monitored.
We will never use endangered bird feathers or materials.
We try to support our millinery block makers as much as possible, by having our millinery blocks made by traditional, skilled craftspeople.
We reuse all offcuts where possible and we donate the rest to our local high school art department or other craftspeople.
All our hat boxes are made in the UK. They are made from acid-free materials to protect your designs.
The hat boxes are packed within a custom made box, reducing the need for additional fillers, purchasing from suppliers who have the highest environmental standards in both production using recycled materials and through the re-processing of all waste material produced during the manufacturing process.
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, providing quality and payment of fair wages.
5. Personal Contributions
Maggie is also an apiarist (beekeeper) and keen gardener. Keeping near native honey bee species and ensuring their welfare adds a true connection with nature and the environment.