by Paul Stafford

JUNE 2015

'Elle UK team model our SS15 'Bristol' leather ruffle headpiece.'

'If the Hat Fits'

Paul Stafford, The Season designer, gives advice on how to choose the most flattering hat to wear this summer. Read the full advice in the June issue of Fabric Magazine and contact us to make a purchase.

Article by Paul Stafford on how to choose the right hat for your face shape in Fabric Magazine.

MAY 2015

Goddess Collection by The Season exclusive to Lovehats.com for May and June.

The Season launches an exclusive collection in creams and whites for classic elegance and modern wearbility. Available now at www.lovehats.com. Each piece is made from European leather, hand inlaid with Swarovski pearls and crystals. Perfectly hand made in our London Studio we have included hairbands for summer wearability, perching pieces for the ultimate summer event glam and pieces with bases that meet the Royal Enclosure criteria for Ascot. Whatever your plans for the summer, The Season aims to deliver intelligent and elegant pieces that will enhance your look.

Hand inlaide in our London studio with Swarovski Pearls.Swarovski crystal seamed flowers give this piece 360 degree appealSwarovski crystal edged leather piece by Paul StaffordLeather strap beret with crystal adn pearls inset.Upright leather disc hairpiece with cut outs and pearl seamsCrafted at the London studio of The Season hats. Intricate leaf hairband with inset pearls.Leather with Swarovski seams. Ascot Royal Enclosure ready.The Season leather and crystal coulis hat makes a dramatic statement.

MAY 2015

The Season Wide Brimmed Hats in The Resident Magazine

The Resident suggests that our wide brimmed hat with draped leather brim is a perfect way to complete your summer wedding look...

MAY 2015

SS15 collection from The Season now available on Shopping Affaire

Shopping Affaire are dedicated to providing you with stylish and beautiful items from around the globe. They are a passionate team with a shared interest in finding the most unique and wonderful products and bringing them together on our luxury online marketplace. You can find The Season SS15 collection here, including our combs and headbands which make beautiful gifts.

Triple layer leather haiband hand inlaid with crystals by Paul Stafford.The Seasons 2 layer leather hairband with Swarovski crystal detail.

APRIL 2015

The Season appoint Platform Creative PR

PLATFORM has announced its global representation of bespoke and ready-to-wear headwear label The Season Hats. Established by husband and wife duo Paul and Selina, the brand uses traditional production techniques alongside newer technologies such as laser cutting. The bespoke element of the brand provides alternative colours, adjusted details and new styles whilst the ready-to-wear spring/summer 2015 and autumn/winter 2015 lines feature trilby designs, head pieces and cut-out designs.

Wide Brimmed hat with draped brim.A modern white leather perching piece on a hairband.A trilby by Paul Stafford with leather brim featuring geometric cut outs.A modern leather beret in cherry leather by The Season. Designed by milliner Paul Stafford.

APRIL 2015

New pieces now available at Wolf and Badger

We have new products available at Wolf and Badger, both online and in their Notting Hill store. The additions include some wide brimmed straw hats with draped brim for looking and keeping cool this summer. We also have available some perching leather pieces for a directional look for your summer events.

Modern perching leather headpiece by Paul Stafford.

MARCH 2015

Behind the scenes at our Bridal Shoot

A behind the scenes glimpse of our Goddesses bridal collection. Our model, Sanna Takalampi, took part in Finland's next top model! This new collection in entirely whites and creams makes for perfect bridal wear, or elegant pieces that will match a range of outfits.

Sanna Takalampi having her hair re-touched while wearing a bouquet of leather flowers created by milliner Paul Stafford for The Season hats.

MARCH 2015

The Season Handbags, exclusively available at Wolf and Badger

We have created a limited range of leather handbags available exclusively online at Wolf and Badger and in their Notting Hill store. The range includes two small messenger style bags. These are large enough for your phone, make-up essentials and a small wallet; bags that are both beautiful and useful. The shape of the bag is formed through Swarovski crystal seams that are hand sewn to abut the leather at 90 degree angles. Because the seams are actually formed using the crystals, the Swarovskis become structurally integral to the bags as well as a stunning detail. It takes Paul a full day to do the hand sewing of the crystals alone in each one of these bags - they true luxury artisanal pieces.

The Norfolk bag (pictured in patent cherry) is simply finished with metal fastenings, while the Cornwall bag (pictured in navy) has an additional decorative plate on the front flap. This additional plate has patterning formed through further hand sewn Swarovskis that appear as luxurious studs due to being partially inset into the leather.

Navy Messenger bagNavy Messenger bag by The Season view of the back.Cherry Messenger BagCherry Messenger bag by The Season view of the back.

FEBRUARY 2015

Sneak Peak at our AW15 collection

We've been photographing our AW15 collection this week with the amazing Rosie Collins and beautiful model, Grace Gray.

FEBRUARY 2015

Spring Summer 2015 Collection now available

Our Panama, Leather and Swarovski Crystal Collection is now available. For those in London, pop in and see our pieces in Wolf and Badger, Notting Hill. They also have a small range of our new handbags available exclusively. You can also purchase the collection online at Wolf and Badger, or on www.lovehats.com. Love Hats offer international delivery and also allow you to upload your photo to try on a hat virtually.

JANUARY 2015

Modern Bridal Headwear

A photo from the beautiful wedding of Anna Schwamborn to Kyle Henderson in London 2014. A bespoke piece created collaboratively with the bride.

Leather and Swarovski crystal bespoke bridal hairband by Paul Stafford for The Season.

DECEMBER 2014

The Clothes Show Live 2014

Celebrity Stylist, Karl Willett, paired our Canterbury hat with an Unconditional dress for a modern urban look.

Canterbury Hat from the SS15 collection from The season Hats by Paul Stafford

NOVEMBER 2014

Our SS15 Collection

Our new collection can now be see on our Collection tab. Contact us directly for info, and info on stockists to come in January 2015.

A peacock feather design is laser etched onto the navy black brim of 'Henley' in The Season Hats SS15 collection.

AUGUST 2014

The Season Hats Press Release SS15

New Milliners, The Season Hats, launches to offer exclusive wearable headwear.

The Season Hats: Refined simplicity; hats for grown-ups.

The Season Hats offers hats, headbands and headpieces that are feminine without feeling ‘girly’. Designer Paul Stafford updates the millinery genre by moving away from the industry’s long-held fascination with silk flowers and feathers. Instead of hats that could have been made at any time in the past century, The Season Hats combines classic materials with new technologies to create modern pieces that are appropriate for social events, weddings and casual wear. The Season Hats fulfils a market need for exclusive headwear that can be worn easily and to multiple events, with the wearer always feeling appropriate.

Paul Stafford   (MA Cantab, MA Womenswear RCA) :

“I wanted to create a collection of headwear that takes the heritage of traditional millinery in terms of material, technique and proportion but makes it fresh and contemporary by combining modern technologies and a minimal, almost architectural, aesthetic.”

The Spring/Summer 15 preview collection uses laser cut leather with traditional Panama Straw to update conventional styles and shapes. A nod to, and update of, a customary millinery technique is made using a laser etched peacock feather motif. Made in limited numbers and hand finished by Paul to maintain quality, you can have a timeless piece that is not mass produced...headwear that feels modern, finessed and appropriate.

For additional information, photos of the collection and to arrange interviews with Paul, please contact Selina via the contacts page, or call 07720464654.

JUNE 2014

Caring for your Hat

LEATHER: Clean and condition only with cleaners designed for leather specifically. Leather can withstand showers, but avoid drenching. Should your leather headpiece get wet, dry with a soft white cloth and allow to air dry avoiding direct sunlight and heat. If your headpiece has a leather crown dry on a hat form if possible to prevent shrinking. Alternatively use acid free tissue paper or clean white cloths to stuff the hat to help it keep shape – change the stuffing regularly to speed drying. The process of laser cutting creates a burned residue on the edges of the materials cut. While every effort is made to ensure that this is removed from our pieces, we strongly advise you never to let light fabrics come into contact with these cut edges.

PANAMA STRAW: Panama is a natural fibre and therefore will have natural inconsistencies.

With reasonable care, Panama will last well. The Panama should not be crushed. Pick up hats including panama by the brim, not by the crown.

Panama was originally used as protection from the sun so do not use as a rain hat. However, in the showery British Isles, if you are caught in a shower, and your Panama gets wet, let it air dry naturally, with crown and brim in the proper shape.

Close up of the Panama Straw used in The Season Hats SS15 collection.