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Her hats are a staple for Royalty and high society alike. Now everyone can have what the Duchess of Cambridge and Countess of Wessex are having, with the opening of milliner Jane Taylor’s flagship ready-to-wear store in Chelsea.
Situated on fashionable Kings Road, the contemporary boutique is an extension of Taylor’s much sought-after style – elegant, timeless and inspired. “I have personally created and project managed the development of my new and exclusive boutique which offers bespoke pieces along with ready-to-wear hats for every occasion,” says the celebrated artisan, whose work has graced the pages of such glossies as Vogue, Elle, Tatler and Harper’s Bazaar.
Taylor’s celebrity clientele includes pop stars Beyoncé, Rita Ora, Paloma Faith and Coco Rocha; model Kate Moss and edgy royal Zara Phillips. In 2014, her hats were worn by actress Kate Winslet in the film Little Chaos also starring Alan Rickman. HRH Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge has chosen Taylor creations for such grand occasions as the christening of son, baby George; Trooping of the Colour and royal tours of Australia and New Zealand. Meanwhile, HRH Sophie, The Countess of Wessex, a loyal customer for many years, has a worn a total of 33 Jane Taylor hats. In 2015, the stylish royal was named as one of the world’s best dressed women by Vanity Fair.
“It’s an absolute honour to work with the Royal family, but royal or not, I like to treat all my clients the same. My job is to make them look beautiful,” says Taylor whose prêt-à-porter, limited edition hats start at an affordable £80. A range of matching gloves and handbags is also available.
Jane Taylor’s backstory is an inspirational one. Living on a narrow boat on the Grand Union Canal, she scrimped and saved to get her millinery business off the ground. Her father was an engineer and mother a florist who created floral displays for Royal Ascot and Buckingham Palace. Growing up close to Ascot, the home of head wear and watching the annual fashion spectacle, Taylor dreamt of a day when she could create beautiful millinery designs for women to wear.
She’s done that and more, creating a successful business and producing hats coveted by women all around the world. Jane Taylor London is stocked in Harrods, the world’s most famous department store and Fenwick’s. In (year), Taylor was an invited guest tutor at the International Millinery Forum in Australia. Sharing valuable knowledge and skills on her craft, the designer runs popular couture workshops from above her Kings Road store.
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