Launching my new MONTY Collection!

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?

Everyday style

Everyday style

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.

Trilby with Guinea Fowl feathers
Trilby with Guinea Fowl feathers
Small Trilby with Leather
Small Trilby with Leather

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Fedora with brass and leather
Fedora with brass and leather
Trilby with Peacock Feather brim
Trilby with Peacock Feather brim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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).

Trilby with pheasant feathers
Trilby with pheasant feathers
Small trilby with brass band and bow
Small trilby with brass band and bow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

If you are interested in joining the merry band of Monty wearers, do please get in touch
E. iona@ionamontgomery.co.uk
M. 07796 444 315

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3 thoughts on “Launching my new MONTY Collection!

  1. Hi Iona Love the hats.  How much would the burgundy small trilby with leather be?? I have a smart new jacket to go racing in, and need a hat.   Delighted you are keeping busy!  Love to your Mum .. and you, thinking of you loads

    Thanks Fiona

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    1. Hi Fiona, I’m so happy you like the hats!

      The burgundy one is £150 but that style of trilby only comes in quite small sizes 56cm and 57cm. I also have the standard trilby in burgundy, sizes 56cm and 58cm and also the fedora in sizes 56/58/60/62cm. Probably the best thing to do is work out your head size and we can go from there. I can do the trim with leather exactly the same as the original for the other styles but the price may go up a bit given the fact I would have to use more leather.

      Hope that’s ok and all makes sense, let me know if you have any other questions.

      Loads of love,

      Iona

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