If you're a faithful reader of Vogue, Glamour, Elle, The New York Post, The Telegraph, or The Sun, you've seen William Chambers' designs in action. This famous hat designer also has his own show at London Fashion Week , is a three-time winner of the prestigious Accessory Designer of the Year award at the Scottish Fashion Awards, and is a winner of the Creative 30 competition that honors the UK's most creative young people.
So, where did William Chambers come from?
Before making a splash on the designer hat scene, Chambers was busy in the classroom. He earned a First Class Honours degree at the Scottish College of Textiles and then went on to get a degree in Millinery at Metropolitan University in Glasgow.
Chambers' big break came shortly after he finished school, when pop star Roisin Murphy wore several of his hat designs on her European tour. After that, the celebrities came flocking, and Chambers' hats were spotted on everyone from Joan Jett, to Kelis, to Suzi Perry.
Unlike other, more traditional hat manufacturers, Chambers is inspired by a wide variety of things. He uses the flowers he sees, the birds near his home, and even nearby buildings as an inspiration for his hat designs. He also mixes and matches different materials -- like felt and latex, or sinamay and leather -- to create one-of-a-kind hats.