Milliners Guild to become Bristol’s only hat shop in September
Launching in September, Milliners Guild will open as part of a re-vamp of the historic St James Arcade, Broadmead. Dating back to 1825, it was the second shopping arcade to be built in the UK. Milliners Guild will become Bristol’s only hat shop, focusing on up and coming milliners and related makers from around the country.
Milliners Guild will feature millinery and accessories of the highest standard, and workshops by both myself and the various makers with work in stock. This will be a valuable opportunity for lesser known milliners to build their profile, as well as for millinery enthusiasts to make exciting discoveries.
Makers wanting to stock their work in Milliners Guild should make contact via firstname.lastname@example.org, as I will be constantly looking for new people and styles to stock. The shop is already set to feature beautiful necklaces made from upcycled inner tubes by Emma Ware; organic hand-felted top hats by Innerspiral; and a selection of work by independent milliners Catherine Povey and Holly Young.
Bristol is a fantastic bubble of creativity and design, but there are very few outlets for it. And there are precious few opportunities for up and coming makers to have their work recognised. Milliners Guild will be full of one-offs and short-runs by artisans hand picked by me for their high quality workmanship and interesting style. The shop will take a lower commission than the standard 50%+ as part of my commitment to making the work of artisans financially accessible.
The second floor of the shop will house my own design atelier, from which I will work. Originally, traders in the arcade would have worked and lived above their shops. I’m hoping to bring a little of that spirit back!
If you’d like to support this project, you can via gofundme.com/millinersguild
I will also be taking on people for work experience over the next few months, please get in contact if you would like to be considered.
Web: www.millinersguild.com (under construction still!)