Hats off to this talented milliner

Tunbridge Wells resident Gill Stratton of Mille Fleurs tells SO Magazine why her handmade hats are the crowning glory to any wedding outfit…


Mille Fleurs is a specialist hat shop and millinery studio based in the idyllic Kent village of Otford, just outside Sevenoaks. Established in 1997, that designs and makes beautiful hats and headpieces on-site using traditional millinery techniques.

“Offering a bespoke millinery service, you choose the outfit, we design the headpiece to suit, taking into careful consideration colour and style, venue, face shape and proportions, hairstyle, balance and, of course, your personality,” explains Mille Fleurs’ owner Gill Stratton.

“We create a hat that’s handcrafted exclusively for you – a piece that so many of our clients go on to cherish, reuse or have redesigned for many years afterwards.”

Gill adds that traditional skills are always used, which have been learned from the very best in British millinery, in order to create all of Mille Fleurs’ occasion hats.

“We hand block and stitch each piece from start to finish; hand-dye all straws, silks, and feathers to perfectly match and/or complement your outfit choice. The result is a beautiful, unique creation you will wear with confidence,” adds Gill.

“At Mille Fleurs, we believe the experience of having a hat designed exclusively for you should be a special part of any event.

“We take pride in offering a personal service with a warm welcome and we work with you to create not just a hat, but a unique piece that suits you and the occasion.”

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