Today I am thrilled to spotlight on Angels & Insects Millinery who specialise in designing and creating bespoke bridal hats and occasion hats/headpieces.
The brand is the partnership between two sisters, Sarah and Lindsay who work from their Edinburgh studio and use traditional millinery and couture embroidery techniques in their designs.
I hand over to Sarah to tell all about this blossoming brand…
Who are you, and what do you do?
“We are “Angels and Insects Millinery Edinburgh”, a newly founded business, a creative partnership of two sisters.”
“We specialise in bespoke couture Millinery for weddings, the races or any occasion where you are required to look and feel out of this world.”
“All our hats and headpieces are a labour of love, handmade using traditional Millinery and couture embroidery techniques.”
When and why did you start your company?
“We started our company in September 2016. It had been a long held shared dream to start up our own creative label and when the stars aligned and geography allowed we decided to grab the bull by the horns and start up our own millinery business together.”
“Both of us are graduates of the Royal College of Art in London. I specialised in couture embroidery for the fashion industry and Lindsay in jewellery/fashion accessories.”
“Millinery was a natural fit for us, it was something we both loved doing and was a creative industry that perfectly matched our skill set.”
What inspires you?
“Inspiration is all around and can be garnered from many sources, a beautiful woodland walk, gorgeous floral blooms, vintage couture creations.”
“Lindsay and I have always been fascinated by Haute Couture and Fashion, having both worked in different fields of the industry earlier on in our careers.”
“Ideas can trickle down from high fashion (we are both Vogue addicts), but we are more likely to be inspired by nature, travel, the past and the present.”
“Most of our work is inspired by the materials themselves and each piece evolves in its own unique way, we both take a more experimental approach to our work and hate to be too prescriptive.”
“The end aim is to make a beautiful piece that can stand alone.”
Do trends influence your work?
“The short answer to that question is yes.”
“Having worked in trend forecasting, I believe there is definitely an ether that all designers and creative people subconsciously tap into.”
“Our latest bridal collection features a lot of hats and headpieces for the bride, (a trend that was last popular decades ago and a complete detour from the traditional tiara and veil combo), because instinctively it just feels like the way forward.”
What is your greatest achievement?
“I’d like to think that as we are a relatively new business that it’s too early to say what our greatest achievement has been, but I suppose, if pushed to answer, your first sales or commissions are always special because it validates your work and after all you want others to love what you do.”
“Another highlight has been seeing our work showcased on various catwalk shows and working collaboratively with Edinburgh based photographers Fern photography on our first professional fashion shoot.”
What do you see as the future of your company?
“As our company is still relatively in its infancy In five years time, Lindsay and I would love to establish a name for ourselves as go to Milliners in Scotland, and have our own Edinburgh based Boutique with an on sight studio.”
Whether a lady is quirky, shy or gregarious there will be a piece that appeals to some aspect of her personality.
Whether you’re going to a special occasion, looking for something spectacular for bridesmaids or you’re the bride wanting a bespoke alternative look, Angels and Insects has an eclectic range of styles.
From the wildly extravagent and bold to delicate and pretty the brand has stunning bespoke bridal hats that can perfectly finish off your look.
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