While living in Paris, Iona was surrounded by an incredible array of hats; from berets to fedoras. These hats were essential accessories, made to be lived in and were treasured daily. Iona has always wanted to make berets and ‘baker-boy’ hats for her sub-brand Monty as these were the first hats that she made while working at Maison Michel, an experience which very much shaped her millinery journey. Inspired by an inky colour palette of blues and blacks, Iona has made a range of berets and ‘baker-boy’ hats with juxtaposing brightly coloured linings. Both designs are perfect for all seasons and are made using surplus fabrics, including velvet and crêpe-de-chine. Given that the fabric is surplus, there is limited availability with each style being made-to-order in sizes, Small (56cm), Medium (58cm) or Large (60cm), to avoid any wastage. Iona also offers a bespoke service to make either style in any fabric or colour for an additional fee.
Monty’s brand mission is to inspire confidence in everyday life and to reflect the perfect balance between design and practicality. Each piece in the collection reflects the fusion between traditional hat styles and innovative design. Monty prioritises outstanding quality and craftsmanship with each product being designed and hand finished in London, using the highest quality of materials.