William at his hat shop in Glasgow. 

William at his hat shop in Glasgow. 

William Chambers.

William Chambers gained a First Class Hons degree in Textile Design at the Scottish College of Textiles before studying millinery at Metropolitan University. He worked for luxury haberdashery VV Rouleaux before setting up William Chambers Millinery in 2008. He has won Accessory Designer of the Year three times at the Scottish Fashion Awards, in 2010, 2012 and 2014. 

He regularly exhibits his collections at London Fashion Week, and his hats are stocked in Harrods, Fenwick and Fortnum & Mason in London. He opened his own hat shop in Glasgow city centre in 2014.  The store is based in the courtyard of the Italian Centre in the Merchant City area of town. His largest customer base is mothers-of-the-bride or groom, who are looking for something modern and chic for the big day. His hats are all handmade in his studio below the shop and range in price from £150-£800.

Celebrities who have worn his hats include Kelis, Suzi Perry, Judy Murray, Joan Jett, Ana Matronic, Roisin Murphy, Livia Firth and Anna Della Russo and his work has appeared in Vogue, Elle, Evening Standard, Style.com, New York Post, The Telegraph, Paper, The Sun, Metro, Grazia, Red, Glamour, Conde Nast Brides, Nylon, The Herald, Harpers Bazaar, Sunday Herald, Scotsman and he features in the hardback book Couture Hats.

William seeks to modernise millinery with a fresh look at how we dress the head today. William’s taste for the avant-garde mixed with his knowledge of the retail sector results in designs that are at once both exquisite and wearable. He takes his inspiration from many sources, but the biggest influence on his designs is his own flower-filled back garden, as he is as keen a gardener as he is a milliner. 


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