I was introduced to the artistry of Rebecca Couture Millinery at my very first wedding fair in 2016. It was their first wedding fair too so we were all learning on the job!
However, Rebecca and Lyndsey are by no means inexperienced when it comes to create bespoke headpieces for their customers. Recently moved into a larger premises at Rutland Enterprise Park, Rebecca Couture Milinery began in 2012. Rebecca is a self-taught milliner, having designed and made hats for her mother for a few years. The unofficial business grew through word of mouth and Facebook, and in 2015 Rebecca launched her first collection and a year later, opened her first showroom.
I went to visit Rebecca Couture recently to talk to them about their business and was absolutely blown away by their creations. I have always admired hats from afar but to seem them up close and learn about the process from consultation to wearing.
Rebecca Couture uses a lot of a material called bantal which can be twisted into all sorts of shapes, and remains one piece of material. Rebecca is a particular expert with this – see the picture!
Sinamay and crinoline are also used to create these bespoke pieces which Lyndsey described as very recognisable as every piece is personal to the customer. Making upwards of a thousand headpieces a year, Ascot season is by far their busiest time, although their mother of the bride business is growing. They have worked with some high profile customers including Hayley Turner, ITV racing presenter and High Sheriff of Rutland, Mrs M S Jarron. They are also finalists for The Midlands Fashion Awards in two categories- Independent Designer and Accessory Designer.
When working with Rebecca Couture the customer can be as involved as they like. Although they work with customers directly in the showroom, they can also create pieces for customers who they may never see in person. However, lots of pictures are sent of the piece throughout the creation process.
Rebecca’s first collection was sold in John Lewis in 2016 and they are now stocked in Fenwicks, and have an online shop. They have stockists in America and Ireland; all of these pieces are also handstitched and designed in-house.
I can say that Rebecca and Lyndsey are so lovely and easy to talk to, they work brilliantly together and I’m certain make the customer experience personal and enjoyable. I’m looking forward to being able to use their services for myself!
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