On & Around the Street

SLOANE STREET’S MILLINER – GABRIELA LIGENZA

In the lead-up to summer’s glamorous flurry of weddings, events and race meetings, as London celebrates its creative milliners with London Hat Week (March 26-April 1), let’s take a look at Gabriela Ligenza, who has been creating hats for 28 years and has had her shop on Ellis Street, just off Sloane Street, for 18 of those years.  

When she arrived in London in 1984, she initially worked as an interior designer and architect, but she “fell” into millinery when the hats she had been designing for friends on the side were noticed and eventually stocked by Joseph (which has stores on Sloane Street and in nearby Duke of York Square). Demand for her hats grew and soon the likes of Harvey Nichols, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman came calling.

Her background as an architect is evident in her obsession with pure form and detail, and her interest in obscure and modern technologies, but she balances that with femininity and romance. “Hats are like sculptures on the move, more three dimensional than garments; they come to life when worn.  You really need the face to make the hat one hundred percent,” she says.

Gabriela’s hats are produced using traditional techniques at her studio in Montavarchi, Italy, where each hat can take around five days to make from start to finish, as all the work is done by hand, her clients.


Gabriela Ligenza SS’15

For spring/summer 2015, Gabriela Ligenza’s new collection has two distinctive looks.  For a larger-than-life but still soft and romantic feeling, there are large, ultra- feminine, sheer hats using light, iridescent metallics trimmed with luxe, oversized organza florals and, on the flip side, she has produced some sharp, elegant silhouettes with graphic feathers and unstructured bow trims, meaning that no matter what your preference with regards hat style, Gabriela Ligenza has ensured that no one will feel left out this season.


Gabriela Ligenza SS’15

Gabriela Ligenza, 5 Ellis Street, London SW1X 9AL, 020 7730 2200.

 

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SLOANE STREET’S MILLINER – GABRIELA LIGENZA

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SLOANE STREET’S MILLINER – GABRIELA LIGENZA