Style meets convenience with The Season’s origami-style hats

Want to wow at Ascot but don't fancy carting around a bulky hat when the sun goes down? Rock up in showstopping style then pack it away whenever you please thanks to The Season hats at Fenwick of Bond Street.

The stunning origami-style collection of satin hats are constructed to fold flat into small boxes, much like a fan, to help for easy transport and storage, perfect for your day at the races.

Designer Paul Stafford says: “The biggest dilemma I have heard from customers is how to transport their hat. Often made from fragile materials, hats are generally supplied in large boxes packed with tissue paper and this can be cumbersome."

Luckily, the simple snap fasteners make each of these bespoke hats, made up of as many as 46 precision laser cut pieces sewn together, the perfect partner for your race day look. Read on to hear how to wear your hat, or head into our millinery department from June 4th to 13th to meet Paul Stafford at our 'Meet the Designer' trunk show...

Sitara Hats, £895

1. To wear your unfolding hat, hairband or headpiece, simply untie your bespoke box and remove your 'flat-packed' hat. The snap fasteners are stitched onto wooden inlays with the hat structure and these can be popped together to securely hold the piece in its 3D form.

2. Pull the piece over your head so the elastic is sitting around your neck and the satin piece is in front of you (like a pendant). Pull out any hair trapped under the elastic - this will hide the elastic under your hair while wearing the piece.

3. Pull the satin headpiece over your face, careful to avoid make-up, and position it on your head in the position that is most comfortable and flattering for you.

Kintara Hats, £595

4. To ensure that your piece stays in place all day long, try using a couple of kirby grips around the hat elastic under the side of the headpiece that is closest to the ear. 

5. To keep your hat pristine, store in its box between wears. Carefully prise open the snap fasteners by gently inserting your fingers between the wooden pieces close the the centre of your piece. Lay flat back into its box and your hat will have pressed itself in time for your next outing. 

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The Season Hats are available at Fenwick of Bond Street.

By Alison Millington