‘Step out in style’ at this years ‘Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival’

Featuring York Racecourse oldest, richest, fastest and most famous races it is certainly an occasion worth getting dressed up for.

Fashion is at the heart of the Ebor Festival and the Ebor Fashion Lawn, running across all four days. This is an amazing opportunity to get involved and showcase your style.

Featuring York Racecourse oldest, richest, fastest and most famous races it is certainly an occasion worth getting dressed up for.

Fashion is at the heart of the Ebor Festival and the Ebor Fashion Lawn, running across all four days. This is an amazing opportunity to get involved and showcase your style.

George has been lucky enough to include her top tips on ‘HEADWEAR’

 

Check out the style guide below which is being featured in the ‘Yorkshire Living Magazine’

 

Get in touch for your bespoke George Durdy creation:

Email: enquiries@georgedurdy.com

Mobile: 07789964249

 

***Exciting Announcement – York Racecourse***

We are thrilled to announce that this year we are working along side York Racecourse as their partner milliner in the ‘WELCOME TO YORKSHIRE EBOR FESTIVAL’

We are thrilled to announce that this year we are working along side York Racecourse as their partner milliner in the ‘WELCOME TO YORKSHIRE EBOR FESTIVAL’

 

Wednesday 23rd-Saturday 26th 2017.

 

George will be on the catwalk ready to welcome lots of fabulous racegoers who wish to enter the Ebor Fashion Lawn.

George is going to be featured in the Yorkshire Living Magazine along side personal stylist Laura Fawcett with the Ebor Fasion Lawn style guide.

We look forward to seeing you all there. #ClassicEbor

 

Contact: enquiries@georgedurdy.com

Royal Ascot 2017

After a busy few months making lots of bespoke commissions for clients attending Royal Ascot, I thought it would be lovely to show off some images of our clients looking chic in our designs.

Please get in touch for your bespoke George Durdy England design.

After a busy few months making lots of bespoke commissions for clients attending Royal Ascot, I thought it would be lovely to show off some images of our clients looking chic in our designs.

 

Please get in touch for your bespoke George Durdy England design.

 

enquiries@georgedurdy.com

 

 

 

 

 

The Mineral Collection

There have been a few frosty mornings just recently, with many more still to come I suspect.

We thought it would be worthwhile to show off some of the winter headpieces and hats. These are perfect for winter racing and weddings as well as relaxed everyday styles.

There have been a few frosty mornings just recently, with many more still to come I suspect.

We thought it would be worthwhile to show off some of the winter headpieces and hats. These are perfect for winter racing and weddings as well as relaxed everyday styles.

 

If you would like any further information on the designs, pricing or bespoke commissions. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

 

enquiries@georgedurdy.com

 

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2 – MICA

 

 

3 – CINNABAR

 

 

4 – TIGER EYE

 

 

5 – AQUA AURA

 

 

6 – FELDSPAR

 

 

7 – EMERALD

 

 

New accessory Designs

I am thrilled to launch 5 new luxury Limited Edition scarf designs. I have produced 10 prints of each of the 5 designs. This makes the scarves very exclusive and NOT massed produced.

I am thrilled to launch 5 new luxury Limited Edition scarf designs. I have produced 10 prints of each of the 5 designs. This makes the scarves very exclusive and NOT massed produced.

 

Each design has been created and designed by myself using my own photography which makes them extremely unique. Please get in touch if you would like anymore details on the scarves.

 

Order today to avoid disappointment.

 

Contact me at:

enquries@georgedurdy.com

 

‘PEACOCK PLUME’

 

100% Wool with a gorgeous frayed edge.

 

 

 

‘GRACEFUL GIRAFFE’

 

100% Light Silk Twill finished, hand rolled edge.

 

 

 

‘PLUMES’

 

100% Light Silk Twill, hand rolled edge.

 

 

 

‘THE DAZZLE ZEBRA’

 

100% Light Silk Twill, hand rolled edge.

 

 

 

‘THE PAINTED LADY’

 

100% Light Silk Twill, hand rolled edge.

 

 

 

 

Racing Welfare

I have had a fantastic opportunity to work with Racing Welfare on two occasions this year. It has been great to meet lots of new faces at both events. One took place in my home town at Doncaster Racecourse and the other at Haydock Park for the charity race day.

I have had a fantastic opportunity to work with Racing Welfare on two occasions this year. It has been great to meet lots of new faces at both events. One took place in my home town at Doncaster Racecourse and the other at Haydock Park for the charity race day.

I gave one of my designs for the silent auction in return of a stand to display my hats. It has been an amazing opportunity and I have really enjoyed working with an amazing charity which I hope will continue in 2017.

 

The Great Yorkshire Show 2016

Last week I exhibited at The Great Yorkshire Show and as always it was a fantastic local show. It was lovely to see some old faces and get some repeat orders and sales, as well as meeting lots of new customers who had never seen George Durdy England.

Last week I exhibited at The Great Yorkshire Show and as always it was a fantastic local show. It was lovely to see some old faces and get some repeat orders and sales, as well as meeting lots of new customers who had never seen George Durdy England.

The photo’s below show my stand at the show.

 

 

 

 

 

Royal Ascot 2016

After months of making bespoke commissions for clients attending the biggest summer race event, I thought it would be a great idea to show off some of our designs which attended this year.

After months of making bespoke commissions for clients attending the biggest summer race event, I thought it would be a great idea to show off some of our designs which attended this year.

Please get in touch for your bespoke George Durdy England design.

enquiries@georgedurdy.com

 

 

Wedding Magazine – February 2016 feature

I am pleased to announce that another George Durdy hat has been featured in the February 2016 edition of the Wedding Magazine.

I am pleased to announce that another George Durdy hat has been featured in the February 2016 edition of the Wedding Magazine.

 

One thing that stands out to me is how versatile my hats can be. Who would of thought a 70’s style velour hat trimmed with ivory lace paired with a feminine crochet wedding dress would be such a knockout combination. This creates a unique look and is extremely eye catching.

 

 

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Hat – ‘Rosebud’ £155

 

All designs are completely handmade and can be made in a range off colours.

 

George Durdy England offers Bridal consultations for those Brides wanting a one off BESPOKE design that perfectly coordinating their chosen dress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ascot November Racing Weekend

I have now caught up from a busy couple of days a few weekends ago at Ascot November Racing Weekend. I had a fantastic time and it was a pleasure to see returning customers as well as lots of new potential clients.

I have now caught up from a busy couple of days a few weekends ago at Ascot November Racing Weekend. I had a fantastic time and it was a pleasure to see returning customers as well as lots of new potential clients.

 

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I parted with some of my new AW15 ‘Lewe’ creations and I am looking forward to my clients wearing their new George Durdy design.

 

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I have a range of AW15 designs available so if you are in need of a headpiece for an event such as a wedding or race meet then please don’t hesitate to get in touch whether it is to discuss an individual commission or to see my one off ready to wear collection.

 

Email: enquiries@georgedurdy.com

‘Lewe’ – Autumnal headpieces

With the colder days fast approaching I wanted to show off my new Autumn/Winter 2015 hats and headpiece designs. Unfortunately with the year running away I haven’t been able to arrange a photo shoot however, below you can see a range of images showing some of the headpieces which are part of The ‘Lewe’ Collection. These are all currently available to buy.

With the colder days fast approaching I wanted to show off my new Autumn/Winter 2015 hats and headpiece designs. Unfortunately with the year running away I haven’t been able to arrange a photo shoot however, below you can see a range of images showing some of the headpieces which are part of The ‘Lewe’ Collection. These are all currently available to buy.

 

I am also showing off my new designs on the 20th and 21st November at the Country Living Fair at Ascot Racecourse for their racing weekend – STAND NUMBER 21

 

If you would like any further information on the designs, pricing or bespoke commissions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

 

Email: enquiries@georgedurdy.com

 

1 – ‘Wilderness’

 

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2 – ‘Harare’

 

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3 – ‘Limpopo’

 

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4 – ‘Karoo’

 

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5 – ‘Mala’

 

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6 – ‘Phinda’

 

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7 – ‘Addo’

 

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8 – ‘Zulu’

 

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9 – ‘Amakhala’

 

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10 – ‘Mokala’

 

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‘The Field’ Magazine feature

After a successful few days at the CLA game fair I was lucky enough to meet Alexandra Henson – the Content Editor of The Field Magazine. She contacted me regarding the ‘Christmas Gift Guide’ feature which I was excited to be asked to feature in.

After a successful few days at the CLA game fair I was lucky enough to meet Alexandra Henson – the Content Editor of The Field Magazine. She contacted me regarding the ‘Christmas Gift Guide’ feature which I was excited to be asked to feature in.

 

When the November issue of the magazine came I was thrilled to see my ‘Wilderness’ design showcased in the gift guide section. What a fantastic opportunity it is for me in such a prestigious country magazine. This is a perfect Autumn/Winter headpiece for the Winter meets at Cheltenham, Ascot or for a glorious winter wedding.

 

Please get in touch for YOUR unique headpiece which is one of a kind!! Email – enquiries@georgedurdy.com

 

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The ‘Lewe’ Collection Photo Shoot

The last few weeks I have worked closely with Lens & Hound who wanted to take photo’s of my ‘Limited Edition Silk Scarves’ complementing my ‘Hanover’ trilby design. I was thrilled to have been asked to lend my products to Lens & Hound and love the images they have produced.

The last few weeks I have worked closely with Lens & Hound who wanted to take photo’s of my ‘Limited Edition Silk Scarves’ complementing my ‘Hanover’ trilby design. I was thrilled to have been asked to lend my products to Lens & Hound and love the images they have produced.

 

There is a range of product shots which show off the rich vibrant colours in both the ‘Jagluiperd’ and ‘Kameelperde’ scarves. These are both perfect to dress up an everyday look to a country pursuit or for a special occasion.

 

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch for your bespoke design or for one of my LIMITED EDITION SCARVES as numbers are running low! Perfect Christmas present.

 

EMAIL: enquiries@georgedurdy.com

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End of the Summer Solstice

After a busy summer I am thrilled to show off some of the work I have produced. I have worked really closely with a number of clients this summer to create their unique George Durdy creation for their special occasion. See the images below of some of the headpieces I have created for my clients.

After a busy summer I am thrilled to show off some of the work I have produced. I have worked really closely with a number of clients this summer to create their unique George Durdy bespoke headpiece for their special occasion. See the images below of some of the headpieces I have created for my clients.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch whether it be an appointment you would like to book or an initial inquiry.

enquiries@georgedurdy.com

 

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George Durdy Limited Edition Scarves Launch!

I am thrilled to launch my new luxury accessory collection which has evolved from a recent trip to Zambia and South Africa.

I am thrilled to launch my new luxury accessory collection which has evolved from a recent trip to Zambia and South Africa.

 

Simons townImage: Looking over to Simon’s Town.

 

Order NOW to avoid disappointment as I prepare my new 100% LIGHT CREPE DE CHINE SILK LIMITED EDITION SCARVES!

Currently I have designed 2 different styles and I have had 15 scarves printed in each design, finished off with hand rolled edges to ensure exclusivity!

My trip was owe inspiring and unforgettable and as a keen photographer I made sure I captured the fluidity and beauty of the African wildlife and landscape. The two designs contrast each other.

 

The ‘Jagluiperd‘ design is rich and vibrant in colour. The background reflects the sunset on the Zambezi River, Zambia contrasting by a cheetah on the prowl. The boarder has subtle feature of feathers!

I have included a couple images I have used to inspired my creativity and the finished product!

 

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Image: Sunset over the Zambezi River, Zambia.

 

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Image: Cheetah on the prowl!

 

THE FINISHED DESIGN

 

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The ‘Kameelperde‘ design has a soft palette which was inspired by the graceful giraffes wondering in the sun across the landscape. The image I used was taken on a game reserve in South Africa and I contrasted this with a close up photograph I took of a zebra in Zambia!

 

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Image: Up close and personal with the zebra in Zambia.

 

THE FINISHED DESIGN

 

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Get in touch if you would like to order or if you would like any more details!

Keep your eyes peeled, new designs are underway!

Email: enquiries@georgedurdy.com

CLA Game Fair 2015

I am back from a successful first trip at the CLA Game Fair which was held at Harewood House this year. I had a fantastic time and it was lovely to see so many familiar as well as new faces visiting the stand.

I am back from a successful first trip at the CLA Game Fair which was held at Harewood House this year. I had a fantastic time and it was lovely to see so many familiar as well as new faces visiting the stand.

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The weather played tricks on us over the three days however it didn’t put everyone off shopping and showing their faces!

I launched some of my new AW15 collection which is called The “Lewe’ Collection and is inspired by a recent trip to Africa.

 

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The reaction that clients new and existing gave me was thrilling. I am already looking forward to doing the CLA Game Fair next year!

 

The ‘Limosa’ Collection Photo shoot

For my photo shoot this year I was very lucky with the glorious weather but more importantly with the stunning venue and backdrop.

For my photo shoot this year I was very lucky with the glorious weather but more importantly with the stunning venue and backdrop.

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I would like to thank George Buchanan for allowing me to use his amazing venue at Hodsock Priory.

Definitely a venue to consider if your planning a wedding or event. I couldn’t of achieved my photo’s without a good-friend James Jones and I can’t thank him enough for his support and photographic expertise.

I do hope you enjoy viewing my recent ‘Limosa’ collection.

Royal Ascot 2015

With the biggest race event now behind us, I thought it was a great idea to show off some of my work which I have been working on for the past couple of months and they were made especially for my clients attending Royal Ascot.

With the biggest race event now behind us, I thought it was a great idea to show off some of my work which I have been working on for the past couple of months and they were made especially for my clients attending Royal Ascot.

I absolutely love going to Royal Ascot because you can guarantee that you wont be let down with the variety of hats on show.

Below are a few of my bespoke commissions I have made for my clients as well as myself.

 

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Image 2 – Grey angular brimmed hat trimmed with eye catching lady amherst feathers and tigered quills.

 

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Image 3 – Natural tear drop based trimmed with textured silk and natural pheasant feathers.

 

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Image 4 – Black straw beret base trimmed with lady amherst feathers.

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Image 5 – Checked crin headband with cream ribbon detail and ivory quills.

 

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like a bespoke design creating for your special occasion, wedding’s or for a day to the races.

Email: enquiries@georgedurdy.com

Wedding Magazine Feature

I am excited to announce that i have been featured in the ‘Wedding Magazine’ June/July addition.

The ‘Leonie’ bridal headpiece is featured on the left hand side of the image below.

I am excited to announce that i have been featured in the ‘Wedding Magazine’ June/July addition.

The ‘Leonie’ bridal headpiece is featured on the left hand side of the image below.

 

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George Durdy England offers Bridal consultations for those Brides wanting a one off BESPOKE design that perfectly coordinating their chosen dress.

Country Living Spring Fair – March 2015

It feels as though we haven’t given an update on our exciting time at the Country Living Spring Fair which was in March in Islington, London.

It feels as though I haven’t given an update on my exciting time at the Country Living Spring Fair which was in March in Islington, London. I had a fantastically exciting 5 days at the Design Business Centre as I launched George Durdy  England as a brand publically for the first time.

The first bit of excitement was fitting all my products and furniture into the van. Once I arrived and navigated the streets of London we had to put on our creative heads to set the stand up – which was challenging with the space but fun.

 

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Over the 5 days I had a  lot of time to make the most of being pro-active, handing out business cards, leaflets and a chance to talk to customers and the general public about how George Durdy started.

 

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I met a lot of lovely exhibitors and  new clients who bought George Durdy England designs, showed interest and placed orders for their special occasion.

 

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I was so pleased to be part of such a wonderful show and feel I have made new connections and hopefully started to get ‘George Durdy England’ spoken about in the South.

Overall it was a steep learning curve but a great positive first show that I feel was a success.

Mr and Mrs Leek

In May I was approached by a Bride to help create an unusual headpiece for her special Wedding Day. What an absolute privilege it was to be asked. I was not only involved in making the Bride’s headpiece but also the Bridesmaid and Mother of the Bride.

In May I was approached by a Bride to help create an unusual headpiece for her special Wedding Day. What an absolute privilege it was to be asked. I was not only involved in making the Bride’s headpiece but also the Bridesmaid and Mother of the Bride.

I worked closely with the Bride to design something unique for the bridesmaid to wear and for it to compliment in the Groomsmen. We came to the decision to cover the base in tweed, the Groomsmen and Groom where having their waistcoats made from matching tweed.

For the Bridesmaid I used  pheasant and burnt peacock feathers to decorate the headpiece and added the veiling to create softness and interest.

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The next exciting challenge for me was to create a unique headpiece for the Mother of the Bride. With the wedding being black tie I had a specific request for the headpiece not to be an actual hat or too big or fussy. Something more architectural and structured was required. When the Mother of the Bride came to me she had a good idea of what she wanted, she brought some photos of shapes she liked and this gave me a starting point.

I really enjoyed working on this headpiece as it was unusual and had a sharp finish. More importantly it didn’t get in the way when guests where greeted or block her view in any way. The whole outfit looked sophisticated and classic. Below is a side profile of the headpiece when I caught an action shot of the Mother of the Bride.

 

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Finally…..THE BRIDE!

This was the most nerve racking design I had to make, it had to be perfect for her. We worked really closely together and in her head she knew what she was wanting which helped me from a design prospective. I worked with dyeing feather flowers, pheasant feathers, and veiling. This is a very unique and bespoke design made especially for the BRIDE. She looked stunning and she certainly made a beautiful Bride.

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Everyday Felt Hats!

I have designed and made trilbies and floppy brimmed hats which are styled to be worn everyday.

I have designed and made trilbies and floppy brimmed hats which are styled to be worn everyday. I have always wanted to make hats in these styles as these are the type of hats I like to wear myself.

Below is a photo of myself wearing my country inspired trilby using a range of feathers that work well within the countryside.

 

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I have made bespoke pieces for clients attending weddings and the races. However, they are timeless pieces that can be worn over and over for a days shopping or a  more formal event.

Below is showing a client wearing a bespoke ‘floppy brimmed’ hat with lace detailing around the crown.

 

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Below is a bespoke ‘trilby hat’ using a mixture of pheasant feathers to add more depth and interest of colour.

 

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Please get in touch if you would like a George Durdy Design which are made to order. Email : enquiries@georgedurdy.com

My next challenge is to create a collection of flat caps for men and women.

Watch this space…..

St. Leger Festival Doncaster

For the past 5 years I have attended Ladies Day at Doncaster and I am always amazed by the wide diversity of the types of hats that are on display.

For the past five years I have attended Ladies Day at the Doncaster St. Leger Festival and I am always amazed by the diversity of hats and headpieces that are on display. Each year becomes more of a fashion showcase from small to extremely large and minimal to flamboyant styles. Having started my business in May it was my chance to make my mark and promote my hats, both unusual and unique for Doncaster.  They reflect my individuality as a person and my niche brand.

 

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Bespoke handmade hats being worn by my lovely Mum and myself.

The hats that were shown off at Doncaster were all ‘bespoke’ and hand finished to enhance the clients’ outfits.

 

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Bespoke black and ivory hat with dyed pheasant feathers and quills.

 

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Bespoke light grey and navy hat trimmed with ostrich and lady amherst feathers.

I had a fantastic day at the races and I am looking forward to next summer to get more of my unique designs showcased.

 

The Iconic Ebor Festival

This year I decided It was a must I attended Ladies Day at the Ebor Festival and I put myself out of my comfort zone and entered the ‘Best Dressed Ladies’ Competition.

This year I decided it was a must that I attended Ladies Day at the York Ebor Festival and I put myself out of my comfort zone and entered the  ‘Best Dressed Ladies’ Competition. I thought this would be a great way of profiling my brand and was stopped several times to be complimented on how unusual and eye-catching my headpiece was.

 

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‘Tansy’ headpiece (left) highlighting the green tones of the jacket. ‘Annora’ headpiece (right) lifting the neutral and golden tones of the pheasant feathers.

Having completed my Fashion Knitwear and Knitted Textile Degree over 12 months ago, I now understand how fierce the industry is and how I must constantly strive to get my creations noticed.

Blog and Website Launch!

In the last few months the pace of life has quickened and I have been visiting numerous race courses and enjoying seeing my creations on the track.

In the last few months the pace of life has quickened and I have been visiting numerous race courses and enjoying seeing my creations on the track. In addition, I have received lots of fabulous photos of clients wearing my hats at weddings.

 

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‘Fleur’ design being showcased at a wedding.

 

Royal Ascot was a huge highlight where the weather was glorious and the hats were able to be shown off to their best.

 

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Custom made felt headpiece with lady amherst pheasant feathers.

 

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I am wearing a felt beret covered in royal blue guinea fowl feathers finished off with two royal blue lady amherst feathers.

On a weekly basis I am keeping up-to-date with the latest colour and fashion trends. With the iconic ‘Fashion Weeks’ underway, I have had great inspirational ideas, which have allowed me to feel creative and spark my designs for Spring/Summer 15 ready-to-wear collection.

 

I would like to finish off my first blog post by saying a huge thank you to all my clients so far who have bought and hired my creations. You have all helped me to get my business off the ground.

 

Thank you to Emily at Designed by Duo for all your hard work and amazing design skills which has aided me to get my new adventure up and running. Finally thank you to James at James Jones Photography for taking the time to do my photo shoot and editing my images and to Libby Smith at the Ye Olde Bell at Barnby Moor for allowing me to use the gorgeous grounds and facilities at the hotel.