A hat that you wear regularly deserves generous space on the hat shelf of your wardrobe. A special hat stand designed to spare the brim of your hat and perfectly support its shape, can be purchased from our branches.
A straw hat can be stored in a similar manner. In order to prevent the straw from drying out, it isrecommended that the hat be placed in a plastic bag, which should be blown into to optimize humidity and create a protected environment.
We will gladly assist you with in-depth styling advice and knowledge regarding hygiene, cleaning and comfort. We also offer an additional maintenance service to keep your favourite hats in tip top condition.
In order to store a felt hat during the summer, place it in a spacious plastic bag. This will avoid your hat losing its shape. First fill the inside of the hat with blotting paper and add a clove or sandalwood to the bag, before securely closing the plastic bag. In order to prevent discolouration via ultraviolet rays, we recommend you store the plastic bag in a hatbox or in another dark area.
Makeup stains on the corded ribbon on the inside of the hat can be best removed with a benzene-moistened corner of a clean cloth. For other stains, we recommend that you contact us.
Liz Be, Editor of The Style Director
With the €˜Social Season€™ looming (see our Social Calendar of Events), stylish women will even now be considering what to wear that will tick all the right boxes. First on the list is Glyndebourne, where evening wear is the choice of most women. Take a light coat and a wrap to avoid the evening chill while picnicking and choose a cocktail hat which will not obscure the view of others in the audience but will add a touch of chic to any outfit. May we suggest a stunning piece by Karen Henriksen ?
Close on the heels of Glyndebourne is the Chelsea Flower Show - a great opportunity to wear a large showpiece trimmed such as Tara from the Bronté collection? The Epsom Derby and Royal Ascot offer even more opportunity to dress to the hilt and splash out on a memorable but stylish piece to top off well chosen outfits. The Hat Gallery M/V would be delighted to offer their bespoke service and embellish a stunning hat to co-ordinate with your wardrobe. Philip Treacy and Stephen Jones are best known for their Ascot creations and we have a wide choice of their hats as well as head turning winners from Celine Robert , Bonnie Evelyn and Nerida Fraiman.
Wimbledon, Henley and Cowes are far less sartorially daunting but, nonetheless they provide a great opportunity to make a statement. Straws are probably called for these events - more formal for Henley (choose sculptured pieces by Mirjam Nuver or more simple large brimmed straws for Wimbledon). And cotton caps or sailor hats by Oliver Sander would certainly not look amiss at Cowes. Men should ward off the sun with stylish straw boaters, Stetsons or lightweight caps, all of which we provide in a variety of fabrics and finishes.
Hats are go-to accessories that can make or break an outfit so it is crucial to choose your piece under the expert guidance of a trained salesperson. There is no-one more knowledgeable than Marly Vroemen but her staff too have been trained to help choose the most suitable hats for clients and the events they are attending.