Friday, August 7, 2015

A Flapper's Evening With The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny

We recently collaborated once again with the amazing Angel Hotel in Abergavenny on a recent Gatsby style photo shoot ready for their event on Friday September 11th from 7:00pm - 12:30am.  

The fabulous flapper soiree will include a cocktail on arrival in the Grand ballroom bar along with some guests who will be there to discuss the 'Lost Generation' and their anecdotes of the age. With dancing until late to the sounds of the twenties it's certainly an evening not to be missed! 

Tickets £35 per person available to purchase from The Angel Hotel events team on 01873 857121

The dress worn in the images above is a flapper dress in black with a medieval leaf print in metallic gunmetal by Charles & Patricia Lester. To compliment this piece we chose our classic statement hats filled with feathers to mimic the timeless elegance and glamour of the 1920's. Finished with our luxurious diamante jewellery and brooch this look perfectly encompasses the chic, alluring style of this era. 

For further information on the dress please email 
or call 01873 853559

To book an appointment to have you very own bespoke piece of millinery created please email or call 01873 855 923. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Summer Collection 2015

The summer we have an array of millinery delights to suit all of the current trends from brighter, bolder hues to a more muted pastel palette.  

The pillbox shape, favoured for it's simplicity and elegance is bigger than ever this season. Our summer collection presents a variety of pillbox shapes which adorn classic millinery details such as bows and quills in a host strong, striking colour tones.    

For the summer wedding we also have an option of the more muted pastel palette with hats to suit a chic traditional style along with our complementing jewellery and clutch bags. For a bespoke creation appointments are advisable, call 01873 855923 or email 

As well as our occasion pieces we also have a range of straw & linen summer hats perfect for taking away on holidays as well as for more casual summer events.  

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Key Millinery Dates For July

As always the summer season plays hosts to a number of exciting events where a hat is a must-have accessory. From classic shapes to bold colour tones we've selected our key events along with some styling suggestions.

Henley Regatta 1st - 5th July

Hats for Henley always take on a classic form with details that encompass minimal elegance. These sophisticated hats with simple bow details are the perfect choice for those looking for an accessory to complement their timeless tailored look. 

The Moet & Chandon July Festival Ladies Day at Newmarket - 9th July

At Newmarket Ladies Day a statement hat is a must, these bold pieces are sure to get you recognised at the event's annual best dressed lady competition. This season we adore the bright, tropical inspired hues of pink and orange to add an element of exuberance to your attire.


As well as these statement hats our exquisite handbag collection includes an array of designer pieces helping you create an outfit that will stand out from the crowd.  

Goodwood Ladies Day - 30th July

A stylish yet relaxed occasion the Glorious Goodwood ladies day is a great opportunity to be bold and have fun with your outfit. These pillbox hats exude classic glamour, teamed with a vibrant pink hue making them into simplistic statement pieces.

Not to forget the male guests who can adopt the quintessentially British look with the addition of one of our authentic Panama hats.

For any queries or to book an appointment for a bespoke creation email or call 01873 855923

Friday, June 26, 2015

Royal Ascot Ladies Day 2015

As a couture milliner in Britain one of the main highlights of our calendar is of course the much acclaimed Ascot races. We look forward to the opportunity to maximise our creative expression in the lead up to the races to produce inspiring new designs that are set to make a statement. This year at Royal Ascot Ladies Day, our creations once again played a part in presenting a fantastic spectacle of extravagant and vibrant pieces of millinery. 

This year bespoke pieces were created to both complement and enhance our clients outfits ready for the special event yesterday. From brightly coloured ostrich plumes to contemporary structural designs our creations this year were filled with flamboyance. 

Royal Ascot Millinery 2015

If you have a photograph from this year's ladies day with your Alison Tod hat we would love to see it! Tweet us @Alison_tod or email 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Mad Hatter's Tea At The Angel Hotel

We had an amazing time collaborating with The Angel Hotel this weekend with an event to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the story of Alice in Wonderland. The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny, served up a whimsical version of their award winning afternoon tea complete with edible flowers and drink me potion. All guests wore their most spectacular hats for the occasion with selected guests having a chance to wear one of Alison's creations to tea. Here are some of the photos from the weekends events >

For more information on any of the hats featured or to book an appointment with Alison Tod please call 01873 855923 or email

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Women of Wales Luncheon In Aid of Save The Children

Every year we are invited to showcase our statement collection of millinery creations at the Women of Wales luncheon in aid of Save the Children. This year the event was held at the Swalec Stadium and the theme was theatre. Therefore we chose to present our most spectacular pieces which were modelled during the event by students of Howells school. 

As always we had a great time and look forward to the next time, 
here are some of the images from the day >> 

Miss Wales with Howells school students modelling Alison Tod hats

For more information about the event visit

Friday, April 17, 2015

Mad Hatters Tea Party At The Angel Hotel

Model wearing a stunning pure silk hand pleated dress by Charles & Patricia Lester

At the beginning of May we will be collaborating with The Angel Hotel in Abergavenny to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. 

The Angel will be transformed ready to host high tea with a difference for one weekend only. For the event we ask that guests wear their most colourful hat from their collection. If you don't have a hat to wear then a visit to our cross street store is a must. From our vast array of classic and contemporary styles we will be sure to have something to suit your style. 

Five guests, who will be chosen at random prior to the event, will be given the chance to wear one of Alison's most spectacular millinery creations. 

Throughout the month of May we will also be giving preferential rates on purchases in store for tea party guests on presentation of their ticket. 

For Further details about the event and how to purchase tickets visit -

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Our Ready-To-Wear Millinery Picks For Spring

Now that Spring has finally arrived we've chosen three key pieces from our Spring millinery collection perfect for wedding guests, race goers or even garden party attendees.

To suit the pastel tones that are featuring strongly in the current occasion wear collections, this floral fascinator, pictured above, is perfect. With the use of light fabrics and feminine floral detailing this delicate headband design is ideal for guests attending weddings throughout the spring and summer season. With our library of decorative details you also have the option of having a bespoke piece of millinery made, one that takes inspiration from this floral bouquet.

For those looking for a statement hat to become either the feature of a neutral tone outfit or as a complimenting accessory to a colourful garment, this cerise tone hat is ideal. With it's combination of strong colouring and soft draped floral detailing this hat presents a contemporary yet classic design. It's wide brim and curved crown provides a chic, sophisticated look that would be suited to a glamourous day at the races. 

This timeless neutral tone hat has a beautiful minimal design providing understated elegance. Outlined with a cream ribbon trim and band, this wide brimmed hat is perfect for providing shade from the sun during outdoor events.

To book an appointment in store for a occasion hat or fascinator call us on 01873 855923 or email

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Hats & Fascinators for All Occassions

For those of you searching for the perfect occasion wear hat here is a little more information about each collection. 

Prêt-à-Porter Millinery 

We have an extensive ready to wear collection of both hats and fascinators. Incorporating our luxurious style, each of the fascinators and hats in this collection are made using the most delicate fabrics. Perfect for wedding guests our impressive collection in our Abergavenny store allows customers to be able try on a range of styles in order to find out what compliments them and their outfit the best.    

Semi Couture Millinery
With our semi couture service we customise a hat of your choice from our Prêt-à-Porter range to suit our clients requirments. With the addition of beautiful details and trims from an extensive collection spanning years of Alison looking out for the charming and the unusual.  We have the ability to enhance the piece so that it maximises accent details of your chosen garments. We can often replicate certain elements from the garment such as the detailing and colour tone in order to have an accessory that is perfection. 

Couture Hats

This service involves the studio creating a one-off exclusive piece of model millinery for those who want to make a statement at an extra special occasion. During your first personal consultation with Alison we work out the style of hat which is best suited you, your event and your chosen outfit. Together we can decide on colour tones, fabrics and designs inspired by that of the garment in order to create a cohesive final look. In order to achieve an exact tonal match we offer an exclusive, unique service to dye millinery. The design is then created using meticulous craftsmanship and the finest quality materials in our studio resulting in the ultimate statement accessory.

Super Couture

This is for serious fashionistas. Alison using her 35 years of expertise will create a sensational show piece of millinery which will be entirely unique in concept and make, something that has not seen before other than gracing the international catwalks, a product of Alison's acclaimed dramatic imagination for those ladies who want to be pursued by the press at a public event.

We are unique as a millinery boutique offering this extraordinary skill set, talent and library of materials. For more information on any of the services we provide call us on 01873 855923 or email 

It is imperative that you bring your outfit so that we can match or contrast shapes and colours to the best effect. Please note appointments are advisable as we are a very busy studio. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Dame Kristin Scott Thomas

We would like to say congratulations to Dame Kristin Scott Thomas who was recently honoured for her services to drama. Soon to play the Queen herself in The Audience at London's West End, Kristin Scott Thomas came face to face with Her Majesty when she recently accepted her dame-hood at Buckingham Palace. 
She opted for a classic sophisticated Navy coat and dress along with our pillbox hat which we dyed exclusively to match. We worked with her chosen garments to create a simplistically chic design that complemented the colour tone and incorporated her style.

For more information on our bespoke service please call us on 01873 855923 or email 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Hats for Ascot 2015

At last years Royal Ascot our customers hats caught the attention of the press, featuring in both Grazia & Daily Mail online. 

We work with all our customers individually to create an outstanding piece of millinery that will make them stand out from the crowds. We incorporate each customers style as well as taking inspiration from their chosen garment in order to create a totally bespoke piece. 

If you have found your outfit ready for Ascot 2015 you can book an appointment in our Abergavenny hat shop in order for us begin making the perfect hat to accompany it! 

To avoid disappointment please book an appointment by calling 01873 855923 or email

Here are some more of our hats that featured at Royal Ascot Ladies Day last year......

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

In The Press: Tiara Magazine Feature

In the current Spring issue of Tiara magazine you can find out more about Alison's story about how her business began in her exclusive interview. 

You can also find our blue fascinator featured on the outfit inspiration page. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Mother Of The Bride Hats

Whether your looking for a traditional or statement piece of millinery for your daughters wedding, here at our Abergavenny hat shop you'll be sure to find something unique to compliment your chosen outfit.

Over the years we have worked with a number of ladies looking for their perfect Mother of the Bride Hat. By working closely with each client to find a shape which suits and feels comfortable we create a hat or fascinator that has an extra special tailored design. We use the client's outfit as inspiration for the design, achieving the same colour tone and finish, which allows both elements to compliment each other bringing the whole ensemble together. 

As Mother of the Bride, a hat is a must-have accessory as it allows you to stand out from the other guests while enhancing the elegant and sophisticated look of your outfit. With the Spring season fast approaching we have an array of delicate pastel tones hats to choose from that are suited to the current occasion wear trends for this year. 

We can take away the worry and stresses of finding a hat to match your outfit by creating a bespoke piece inspired by the garments that you have chosen. The beading, colour tone, fabrics and style can all be replicated within the design of your hat to create a spectacular piece that you will feel comfortable with. We also offer an exclusive dyeing service which allows you to give your hat a bespoke colour tone, one that mirrors the hue of your occasion dress or accessories. 

Here is a selection of the past Mother of the Bride hats that we have created over the years >> 

Alison Tod - Mother of the bride hats

Alison Tod - Mother of the bride hats

Alison Tod - Mother of the bride hats

For further information on our Mother of the Bride service please contact 01873 855923 or email  We will also be at Glanusk Wedding Fayre which is taking place on Sunday 29th March from 11am - 4pm.