Fascinating Feathers

A fascinator will always add a touch of elegance to an outfit, marking out the difference from a merely formal occasion to a special event in your life. A Nigel Rayment fascinator has the quintessential pedigree expected from a milliner in London in every jaunty angle and wispy feather.

The fascinator has a long history going back to the 17th Century. Although it fell out of favour in the mid 20th Century it has undergone a resurgence in recent times and now has a very special place in British society. A staple of weddings, it is often worn by the mother of the bride, bridesmaids and other wedding guests. Due to the strict dress code in the Royal Enclosure at Ascot hats and fascinators are deemed necessary for the more distinguished race meetings around the world.

Our hat shop in London has gorgeous range of fascinators which we can pair with your special occasion wear. On our website you can see how a fascinator can perfectly compliment the range of John Charles mother of the bride dresses, as well as the Ian Stuart Neapolitan collection. Using sinamay, organza, silk, tulle and, of course, feathers, each fascinator is a beautifully crafted head piece giving your dress an immaculate finish.


Stunning affordable hats

Delicately coloured feathers, gently swaying around your hat is just the ticket to make you stand out from the crowd; whether you require an Ascot hat, or have a christening or a wedding to attend.

A walk around the hat shops in London looking for  wonderful couture hats, such as the delicious creations by Philip Treacy, will give you a real idea not only of what hats for weddings are available, but also give you an indication of the investment you will have to put into purchasing one.

Nigel Rayment is one such hat shop in London, but with a real difference. Our family boutique not only offer the dazzling choice of designer hats you would expect from a milliner in London, we also have a range of hats that have the designer edge your occasion demands, but in the price band that fits in with your budget.

The Niche Collection, created by Kirk Rayment, is a range statement head pieces in a wonderful array of colours and feathery embellishments. So if you are looking for an ethereal fascinator to add a touch of elegance to the christening, or vividly coloured wide sweeping brimmed hat, this collection delivers at a price that will make you smile.


Who is Nigel Rayment?

Trawling the shops for that perfect outfit for a special celebration can be a real pain. Just where do you find a top-to-toe look under one roof?

Internationally-famous milliner Nigel Rayment and his wife Caroline, who have 50 years’ experience in fashion between them, have the answer. They’ve opened a one-stop occasionwear shop at Marble Arch in Central London.

The flagship store is set in the heart of Portman Village, off Oxford Street, and stocks fabulous outfits from leading designer labels such as Frank Usher, Gina Bacconi, Condici, Linea Raffaelli collection, John Charles, Ian Stuart, Paule Vasseur and Ann Balon, as well as Nigel’s show-stopping hats and headpieces, and shoes and bags by Eleganti and Renata.

Dozens of Nigel’s exquisite hats in fabrics like sinamay, organza, silk and tulle will be there to try with the occasionwear and accessory brands, and can be ordered in colours to co-ordinate with individual outfits.

“We have many calls from women who are desperate because they can’t find the right clothes, hats and accessories for special events like barmitzvahs, weddings and so on,” explained Nigel, who has been designing hats for more than 30 years. “The idea behind our boutique is to have a wide selection of occasion wear labels, accessories and headpieces under one roof so customers don’t have to trail around shops.

“We stock more than 500 dresses and suits from the designer labels, along with shoes and bags, and around 1,000 of my hat and fascinator designs including the spring 2011 collection. We have also teamed up with a nearby shop, the long-established Alterations Boutique, to do customers’ alterations. I don’t know of another shop in Central London offering the brands and services we have.”

The two-storey boutique has classic black and white décor designed by Caroline, and five themed rooms – one for millinery, and shoes and bags, and three for fashions. There are spacious changing rooms on each floor and a snug where husbands, partners and friends can relax with a coffee.