Friday, November 14, 2014

Opulent Accessories

In time for this seasons festivities our new jewellery collection has arrived which exudes opulence and class. Featuring delicate Swarovski crystals and rich colour gem highlights these statement pieces of jewellery are perfect for gifts & Special occasions. 

Shying away from the soft muted look of pearls are our coloured gem drop earrings, as featured in the image below. On trend for this Winter season they feature strong emerald and ruby tones which will bring vibrance to any outfit.

Our jewellery collection also includes timeless classics, including delicate crystal tennis bracelets and chic faux pearl drop earrings, perfect gifts for this Christmas.  

For more information on any of the pieces featured please call 01873 855923. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Fascinator Collection

As well as our hat collection we also have an array of fabulous fascinators to suit every outfit and occasion. Our designs are available with either a hair band, clip or comb fastening to suit the wearers preference. 

We have chosen some of the best fascinators we have which are perfect for those special winter occasions. 

Fascinator - Alison Tod Millinery

The fascinators above combine a base of black with a pop of bold colouring in magenta & Royal purple. Elegantly perched on a side they make a statement with their defined, structured details giving a chic finish. 

As well as these striking pieces we also have more subtle colour tones   such as the Dusty Lilac shown below. Perfect for winter wedding guests looking to add a touch of classic femininity to their outfit. 

Fascinator - Alison Tod Millinery

Visit our store at 13 Cross Street, Abergavenny for our full collection of fascinators.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hats Ready For Hennessy

Named as one of the winter's biggest social events the Hennessy Festival has become one of the most anticipated events in the racing calendar.

The festival presents three days of races which capture the competitiveness, history and elegance of the sport. The prestigous event attracts a host style icons and celebrities such as Joan Collins & Elaine Paige. This year the event is set to take place from November 27-29th.

Here are some pieces from our winter collection that would be perfect for this elegant event >>

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Inspired by Downton Abbey

With the return of Downton Abbey this month we've been inspired to put together some winter hat inspiration for those who adore the vintage style.

Downton Abbey Hats - Alison Tod Millinery

Our felt cloche hats encompass the classic, elegant Edwardian styling of Downton Abbey beautifully. With their structured shape they display flawless craftsmanship and are available in a range of colour tones & designs.

During the 1900's, when the Cloche was first introduced, it was said that the decoration on the hat represented the relationship status of the lady wearing it. An arrow shaped ribbon was worn by women who were single but had already given their heart to someone, a knot symbolised marriage and a glamorous bow was for the single women who were interested in mingling.

Downton Abbey Hats - Alison Tod Millinery

To compliment the art deco style of the cloche hats we also have a collection of beaded evening bags which were another statement piece at the time. The hand-pleated silk scarf by Charles & Patricia Lester, which also features in the image above, further emphasises the sophisticated look of this era.

For more information on any of the pieces featured in the post email or call 01873 855923.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Spotlight on our new pieces for Autumn/ Winter 2014

This season we have a range of wonderfully unique pieces which make up our Autumn/ Winter collection.  Here's a closer look at some of our favourites.

These animal print clutch bags are right on trend for this season. Finished with a semi precious agate detailing these bags are unique, stylish and practical.

Our winter faux fur collection includes ski bands along with hats that have both suede or velvet tops. We also have beautiful sets which include fur wraps to compliment the hats creating a timeless, sophisticated look.

Great for bringing a pop of colour to your winter are our italian bobble hats.  Available in a range of fun designs at just £20.00 they will also make great Christmas gifts.

To see our full winter collection visit us in store at 13 Cross Street, Abergavenny NP7 5EH.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Abergavenny Food Festival & Our Conde Nast Feature

The established Abergavenny food festival is set to take place on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st. The event takes over our small market town presenting an array of local food & drinks.

In the current issue of Conde Nast Traveller magazine, Sally Shalam gives a mention of our town's renowned event. She then proceeds to give a special mention of our new shop >>

"Since you will never need to buy packet salad again, fritter your anticipated savings on the kind of glamour wild cress cannot deliver: The marvellous Milliner Alison Tod has opening a new shop at 13 Cross Street Abergavenny." 

Conde Nast Traveller

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fabulous Felts for A/W 2014

The trend of felt hats has been popular this season and it is set to continue through to Autumn/ Winter.

Felt hats with wide brims are among the most popular styles for this season. They are great for easily achieving a chic, sophisticated look while also being practical during the colder months.

Our full Autumn/Winter range, which includes a variety of felt hats, is now available in our Abergavenny store. We have fun felts in bright colour tones with large floral details, as well as more muted tones which have classic styling.

Also be sure to Look out for our fabulous collaboration with Ffolky Ffelt over the next couple of months.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Exquisite Accessories Collection

To compliment our range of hats & fascinators we have a range of accessories to complete your look. From Embellished Clutch bags to diamond earrings we have a collection of exquisite pieces to tie your outfit together. Our Abergavenny hat shop features an array of handbags available in every colour tone and style imaginable. We can also add matching details to the hat or handbag that you purchase so they compliment each other.

Our straw clutch bags, available in a range of colours are always a popular choice. They have a classic style that can be used again and again for a range of different occasions. We also have unique clutch bags if your looking for something a little bit different ideal for those extra special events.

Our jewellery is perfect for adding that final touch of luxury to an outfit. We also have a special collection of broaches (shown in the image below) where upon every purchase part of the proceeds are donated to the alzheimer's society. 
Our jewellery range includes the most intricate, elegant pieces that you can cherish forever due to their timeless style.

For more information on any of the pieces shown in this post, email or call 01873 855923.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Couture Millinery

Over the years Alison Tod has created some iconic pieces of millinery, allowing her to become established within the fashion world. For customers looking for something totally unique one of Alison's bespoke pieces is the perfect solution.

Here she has created a fun feather filled yellow hat finished with a black bow detail. Originally inspired by food this hat was named 'The Lemon Roulade' and it also won a Fashion award in 1996, 

This hat was created for the Qasimi show at London Fashion Week, modelled here by legend Carmen Dell'Orefice. This dark feather hat with it's sweeping shape compliments the victorian gothic style garments beautifully.

This eye-catching piece features a mix of interesting feather textures, finished with a dragonfly detailing. It is shown here being modelled at somerset house during London fashion week 2011. 

Taking inspiration from an outfit Alison can make a bespoke hat or fascinator suited to your style. To arrange an appointment in our Abergavenny store please call 01873 855923 or email

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Goodwood Revival Hats

In preparation for Goodwood Revival which takes place on 12th - 14th September we have gathered some of best vintage hats which are most appropriate for the occasion. 

Since 1998 the Goodwood circuit have hosted an annual three day festival. The event features many vintage racing cars & motorcycles which would have once raced at the course. To coincide with the vintage theme the guests go to great lengths to dress in period style. As a result the event has an incredible nostalgic atmosphere.   

During the war some of the only items that weren't rationed were hat materials, so during this time feathers, flowers and veiling were very popular in hat designs. 

This pastel pink disc shaped hat is perfect accessory to compliment the traditional victory roll hairstyle. Finished with a subtle tone flower detail this piece will add a touch of femininity to any outfit. 

Actress Emerald Fennell is photographed here wearing a blue tone, feather filled, vintage inspired hat. To add an element of fun she has teamed it with a dress from her sister Coco Fennell's collection called 'Play your Cards Right'. 

These felt hats have a classic, sophisticated style that would suit a tailored vintage outfit well. With feather and fabric ruffle detailing they are typical of retro styling. Shown here at a local fashion show styled with a Katherine Hooker coat, these felt hats present a more structured, refined style. 

We have many other vintage inspired hats in a vareity of styles available in store. To arrange an appoinment you can call the store on 01873 855923. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Summertime Hat Collection

Our summertime hat collection features great colours and styles perfect for creating a stylish look this season.

To fit in with the retro style that is on trend this summer we have an array of classic straw hats in a variety of colours and shapes. A selection of the hats have wider brims, so they are perfect for the hotter weather as they provide shade while also adding a sophisticated, feminine style to an outfit.

Our straw hats can also be given a bespoke touch of detailing to make them more personal. You can choose from a range of details that include colourful ribbon bands, floral flowers and bows to customise your hat with. By having the option to alter them you can make them more suited to an outfit or occasion. 

To see our full collection of summer hats visit us in store at 13 Cross Street, Abergavenny.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Glorious Goodwood 2014

To celebrate Glorious Goodwood Ladies' Day we've put together some of our favourite Fascinators for the races from our collection.

With their neutral and pastel tones these fascinators are on trend for this season. Slightly more understated than a hat these headband fascinators provide a subtle finishing touch to an outfit. Ideal for both long and short hairstyles these fascinators are finished with floral and bow details which give them a feminine, elegance.

Famous for being a relaxed yet stylish occasion, gentlemen also adorn to the classic dress code of the event by wearing a panama hat. In a range of styles our authentic mens Panama hats will provide a chic finishing touch to any outfit. 

For more details on any of the pieces in this post you can email us at 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Luxury Handbags

To compliment your special occasion outfit we have a range of luxury accessories with a classic, elegant style. Available in a range of colour tones, shapes & styles our bag collection includes unique pieces that will add the finishing touch to your outfit. 

Our collection includes simple woven bags in a clutch & pouch style, vintage inspired beaded bags and sequin embellished handbags. They all have a high quality finish chosen specifically to work with the sophisticated style of our hats.

To see our full collection of bags and other accessories visit our store at 13 Cross Street, Abergavenny NP7 5EH.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Headwear Trend Forecast Autumn/ Winter 2014

The colour tones for Headwear featured in our forecast for this Autumn Winter include a mixture of:-

 - Ballet Tones
 - Carmine Pink
 - Manganese Blue
 - Viridian
 - Cadmium Yellow
 - Burnt Sienna
 - Slate

Many of our hats in store for the Autumn/Winter season make use of these 8 alluring colour tones  and are presented in a range of styles.

Wide brimmed hats will be a popular hat shape for this Winter season along with Animal print. Combining both features this luxurious Angora felt hat embraces a classic chic look.  

Felt is the perfect fabric choice for the colder months as it provides added warmth while also being able to hold structural forms beautifully. This felt pillbox hat shown here in Cadmium Yellow features a beautiful feather & Rose detailing for added sophistication.

This stunning neutral tone Cloche hat has a 1920's structure, finished with floral and feather accents. it's a great hat for creating a vintage inspired look.  

For more information on any of the pieces shown call us on 01873 855923 or email 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Bespoke Hats & Fascinators

From Bridal pieces to hats for special occasions we can tailor a hat or fascinator to match your outfit perfectly. 

Here are some of our past customers in their bespoke pieces:- 

This Bridal headpiece features floral and feather detailing suited to the classic elegant style of the dress.  It's a great alternative to having a veil or tiara especially for ladies with shorter hair. 

This customer with a bold princeton orange dress had a matching colour tone base to her hat. Finished with large ostrich feather it truly makes a statement and ties together the entire outfit by balancing the one shoulder dress. 

This piece, made for ascot, features layers of ostrich feathers with a large floral centre. The fascinator in a smokey topaz colouring compliments the neutral colour tones of the outfit whilst also adding height.   

To book an appointment you can call us on 01873 855923 or email 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Bridal Hair Accessories

The very talented hairdresser Hannah Mlatem came to visit the store last week to create beautiful bridal hairstyles using our classic hair accessories.

Hannah styled the hair into updos creating a range of elegant and sophisticated looks, perfect for a wedding day.

All with a classic style these pieces have luxurious designs which feature sculptured floral elements, pearl detailing and leaf shaped motifs. They all also include quality fastenings to ensure the piece stays in place throughout the day.

All the hair pieces and tiaras are available at our store situated at 13 Cross Street. 

For more information on booking a hair appointment contact us by emailing