Bundle MacLaren Millinery was founded by Bundle and Ellie who run the business from the showroom in Fulham.
Their hats first hit the press when they designed a dozen bespoke hats for the Royal Wedding back in 2011 and they have since attracted worldwide attention.
Read on to see what happened when TARLEE met Bundle, Milliner & Founder of Bundle MacLaren Millinery.
Bundle, please tell us a bit about yourself ...
I'm a mum to three little girls, living between Uganda and London, and have never been happier. The creative freedom and stimulus that designing hats and meeting clients gives me is the perfect antidote to dirty nappies and lego!
How Bundle MacLaren begin?
I started going to weddings in my mid-twenties and just couldn’t find a fabulous but affordable hat anywhere in the whole of the UK. So I decided to try and make one (with dire results) but it spurred me on to do an apprenticeship with the wonderful Gina Foster and after a year working alongside her I got a stall at Portobello Market and it all just kind of snowballed from there really. I was very lucky to have lots of hats on parade at the Royal Wedding and that really helped to establish my brand.
Why should TARLEE customers check out your collection?
Because we're the only milliners designing bespoke, fabulous, statement hats at an affordable price.
When you have a creative block, what do you do to spur ideas?
Get up and walk out of the studio. I get a lot of inspiration from nature. We're so lucky in London to have 4 such definite seasons (which we don’t in Uganda and I really miss). There's always something clinging on to it's last days of glory or bursting into an extravagant full bloom! We get a lot of inspiration from our clients too. Every client comes to see us with their outfit and we all collaborate to design a totally unique hat for them there and then so there's always loads of new ideas flying around the studio.
Where do you see your brand in 5 years time?
I hope our brand will continue to spread around the world. We courier a lot of hats to the States, Europe, the Middle East and Australia now and that's great as we get to design for a different audience and different occasions so I hope our global presence continues to grow. Our trilbies and sun hats have proven really popular too so I expect we'll be seeing a lot more of those in the future too.
What is your essential style piece that you can’t live without?
It's got to be my 'Bundle' felt trilby. It funks up any outfit and I immediately feel really confident and care free when I put it on.
What is your favourite part of the world?
East Africa. In particular Malawi and Uganda. The most beautiful, raw, friendly, welcoming, unspoiled places I've ever travelled and lived.
What is the best advice that you have been given?
You'll regret the things you don’t do far more than the things you do - so stop faffing and go for it!
If you could take a road trip with anyone (dead or alive), who would you choose?
Bob Dylan. Easy.
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See the full Bundle MacLaren collection here.