It was with great pleasure that I finally had a chance to catch up with the delightful Lisa Von Hallywl, Milliner to the celebs, stars and racegoers alike! I met Lisa about a year ago at an event and had a marvellous time trying on her gorgeous creations! Seriously…these hats are not just hats. They are an extension of your personality. They can be fun, elegant, understated, overstated, but whatever it is, it is perfect for you!
So after being sussed out by pup, Hattie (yes, Hattie!) Lisa showed me up to her showroom. This colourful and totally decadent room is full of life! Lisa says to me, that her confidence doesn’t ooze from herself, it oozes from her creations. She’s not wrong there. You can see a creation from every mood Lisa may have ever been in!
As we sat with a cup of tea in Alice In Wonderland’s Mad Hatter cups, I asked Lisa how on earth she came to be a milliner. As my mum said to me…she didn’t know milliners still existed. Now for the most part, in our day to day life, why would we? We no longer live in a time that a statement head piece is a part of our day to day wardrobe. We may only wear one a handful of times in our life, but, those times will be special occasions. A wedding of a loved one, or a big day at the races, or meeting The Queen?! Who knows, but whatever it is, it has to be an extension of YOU.
Lisa studied in Fashion and Costume and has a BA and Ma in these subjects. She learned sales and retail at Next but it wasn’t until she worked as an assistant for a designer that she found she excelled in Millinery design.
Currently in full flow of wedding season, Lisa is fitting lots of Mothers of the Bride/Groom for their children’s big day! Lisa shows me her bestseller for this occasion, The Limoncello. Every hat is still then custom fitted, tweaked, feathers added or anything needed to make it match your ensemble.
When Lisa first meets a client to create an entirely bespoke piece, she says the first thing she must do is sit and get to know them, and in her showroom that is with a glass of Champagne daaaarling.
Since you must wear the hat and not the other way around, you need an expert to design one that fits your personality, your colouring, your eyes, the shape of your face and body. Lisa will then play with fabrics, layers, height, jewels to design something that is entirely yours. Now as she mentioned jewels, I saw these little pretties in the corner of my eye. The design for these is still top secret but lets just say, I cannot wait to see her Autumn collection. The jewels have been created for her by London designer BIJOUX BEC and they are deliciously sparkly!
Along with your hat, hatinatorm or fascinator, Lisa creates a beautiful buttonhole to compliment your outfit that can then be worn time and time again.
So even though Lisa is based in Bishops Cleeve, beautifully situated for our Cheltenham Racecourse, her clients travel from all over the world for their LVH head wear. Celebs spotted in LVH originals are Carol Vorderman, Jackie Llewelyn Bowen, Dr Dawn Harper, Pixie McKenna, Miss Cheltenham and many of The Cotswolds socialites. Lisa’s work has also been featured in Vogue, Tatler, and Bride Magazine.
You can also find her creations stocked at the ultra glamorous store Beatrice Von Tresckow who has a branch in stylish Montpellier.
She also regularly works with worldwide designer and fashion guru Caroline Charles.
Can you see? This lady is really going places. And I can’t wait to see where. You can feel the passion emanate from Lisa and she is such a bubbly and sweet person, you can only wish the best for her and hope that she never stops reaching for the stars, and looking flipping good at the same time! With Hattie of course.
Now stay tuned on the blog as Lisa and I have a project in the pipework and we will be featuring her hand stitched veil designs! You will NOT want to miss that!!