William Chambers Millinery
William Chambers gained a First Class Hons degree in Textile Design at the Scottish College of Textiles before studying millinery at Metropolitan University. He set up William Chambers Millinery shortly after this and received a kick-start to his career when pop star and fashion icon Roisin Murphy wore one of his hats on several dates of her European tour, resulting in great press attention. In 2008 he won the UK-wide Creative 30 competition – a project set up by Vice Magazine, Volvo, The Independent and Yahoo to discover the UK’s most talented creative young people. Following this, he opened his Glasgow city centre studio and showroom in January 2009. William won Accessory Designer of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards in both 2010 and 2012. He exhibited for five seasons at the Stephen Jones-curated Headonism showcase at London Fashion Week and has also exhibited in New York at the Scotland Re:designed showcase. In March 2014 he opened his own hat shop in Glasgow's fashionable Merchant City area, and in September takes his own solo stand at London Fashion Week, having garnered several stockists during his time as part of Headonism. Other celebrities who have worn his hats include Kelis, Suzi Perry, Joan Jett, Ana Matronic, Livia Firth and Anna Della Russo.
His work has appearred in Vogue, Elle, Evening Standard, Style.com, New York Post, The Telegraph, The Sun, Metro, Grazia, Red, Glamour, Conde Nast Brides, Nylon, The Herald, Sunday Herald, Scotsman and the new hardback book 'Couture Hats'. He has created pieces for clients such as Cruise, Scottish Fashion Awards, Harvey Nichols, Disney, and Sunday Herald and is stocked in Harrods, Fenwick Bond St, Fortnum & Mason, Harvey Nichols Edinburgh and Lovehats.
William’s taste for the avant-garde mixed with his knowledge of the retail sector results in designs which are at once both exquisite and wearable. Taking inspiration from sources as diverse as floristry, Scottish history and art, British birds and his own plant-filled back garden, William seeks to modernise millinery with a fresh look at how we dress the head today. He mixes traditional materials such as felt and synamay with contemporary materials like latex, plastic and metallic leather, creating headwear that is both challenging and desirable.