millinery, wedding hats, ascot hats, race hats, bridal wear

Special occasion hats, wedding hats, mother of the bride and groom hats, Ascot hats, bridal millinery and fascinators are all in the Millinery Salon.

Sarah Lomax and Rachel Skinner have been making hats for over 20 years since serving their apprenticeships together with Frederick Fox, the Queen’s milliner.  They have worked for many leading milliners and theatrical costumiers  including Rachel’s own label – Rachel Skinner Millinery – which she ran from her shop in Primrose Hill.

Rachel’s designs were regularly featured in magazines such as Vogue, Tatler, Harpers & Queen and Elle, and she created memorable pieces for members of the Royal Family and for some of the world’s most influential fashion icons and stars including Kate Moss, Mick Jagger, Rachel Weisz and Gwen Stefani.  Her creations were shown at London and Paris Fashion Weeks, and have been stocked by exclusive fashion retailers in London, New York and the Far East.

Lomax & Skinner, the pair’s new 2013 venture, is a partnership based on a shared love of fashion and design and a long established friendship. They design and create couture and bespoke millinery for weddings, race meetings, parties and society events throughout the season, as well as undertaking commissions for other exclusive occasions.

Lomax & Skinner’s designs are typically sculptural and draw from a combination of influences including classical art, the natural world and contemporary fashion, blending these elements to create timeless pieces that are wearable, covetable and collectible. Taking inspiration from the creative vibe and cultural heritage of the historical town of Lewes in East Sussex, Lomax & Skinner are based in a bright and welcoming studio on the 1st Floor of Sun Studios, 2 Mount Place, Lewes, BN7 1YH.

Their contemporary hats and headpieces are hand made using the highest quality materials, hand dyed silk flowers and feathers using traditional millinery methods. The partners work closely together with their clients to design and craft hats and headpieces to suit the customers’ outfit and occasion and reflect their own individual style.  Prices start from £250.

Collection Photography: Katie Vandyck, Jacqui McSweeney, Leah Hopkinson, Cheng Han & Neal Grundy| Bridalwear: Joanne Fleming Design