My MONTY Collection currently contains a variety of trilbies and fedoras which are styled to be worn every day. I have always wanted to launch a range of such hats ever since I spent a year working in Paris for Maison Michel (Chanel) during my year abroad from university. While there, I was struck by how the wonderfully chic Parisian girls (and guys!) wore hats not just for ‘high days and holidays’ but as part of their everyday attire – in fact, you looked out of place if you weren’t wearing a hat! Over here, there is a tendency to think of hats only in terms of weddings and Ascot – but why not bring a bit of Parisian sophistication to London and the UK?
Obviously everyday hats should not be overly elaborate and hopefully will be treated like a favourite coat. That said, there is no excuse for them to be dull and boring. The style of hats that sprung immediately to mind were trilbies and fedoras for my everyday Monty Collection because these were the sort of hats that I would mostly likely wear. Also, they could be easily adapted through colour and trim to suit the individual. Although the Monty Collection is currently based on trilbies and fedoras, other styles could well be added in the future.
One of the first steps in coming up with the Collection was to sample various qualities of felt because this obviously would have an impact on price. However, it quickly became apparent that the cheaper options of material just didn’t look or feel right. I came quickly to the conclusion that, although they cost a little more to make, the higher quality felt was infinitely better and the hats would last far longer. So out went the cheaper felt options!
Secondly, I didn’t want to be restricted by a single colour of felt / hat and so sampled a variety of different colours. In the end, I decided on 5 core colours for both trilbies and fedoras which are charcoal, dark blue, burgundy, light grey and cream (there is actually a 6th option of navy for fedoras).
But the real fun comes with thinking of ideas for the trimmings as this is what will give the hats their individuality. To be honest, there appears to be no limit to what can be used for these hat trimmings in terms of colour combinations and texture – I think of new ones every day. The ones illustrated here and in the collection gallery on my website are just a starting point and it will be interesting to see how they develop.
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