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Fiona Bennett

Fiona Bennett Milliner
Contact
German, English
Hours:
Monday to Saturday 10:00 - 19:00
Phone:
+49 3028096330
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An icon of German hat design

  • • Fiona develops new techniques for every collection
  • • She is Germany’s most famous hat maker
  • • Her hats can also be found in movies and theatres

The story of Fiona Bennett is also the story of a city. A story that began when the British native moved to Berlin in 1972. With her childhood dream of becoming a sculptor still in the back of her mind, she decided to use her unique sense for shapes and colours by becoming a milliner instead, “I was thrilled to revive the dying craft, to transfer it into our time, and to develop and experiment with new techniques”. The creative freedom and experimental spirit in Berlin encouraged her to unwaveringly follow the path of her imagination, ultimately leading her to become Germany’s most well-known and distinguished hat maker. Today her creations are valued by celebrities and the German nobility alike.

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  • © Katia Wik
  • © Katia Wik
Photo: © Joachim Gern
Connor

This felt fedora is finished with elegant contrasting bands and lined in silk. It was designed with a medium brim, flat at the front, turned up at the back.

Fiona Bennett Milliner
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Marcel

This grey cap was made with handwoven Harris Tweed from the Outer Hebrides. A robust, prestigious fabric, it is much lighter and softer today than when originally produced, but it has lost none of its sturdy and warm character.

34 cm

Fiona Bennett Milliner
Photo: © Katia Wik
Shine

One of the models from Fiona’s 2019 Couture Collection, this hat was inspired by her study of Japanese kimono textiles and designs. The fabric was upcycled from a vintage wedding kimono, and silk tassels were added on each side, like earrings.

29 cm

Fiona Bennett Milliner
Photo: © Katia Wik
Shine

Sinamay is a strong fabric woven from the fibres of the abaca tree, a banana palm native to the Philippines. Goose feathers add height and distinction to this summer hat, part of Fiona’s Couture Collection.

29 cm

Fiona Bennett Milliner
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Cosy

This light beige top hat was made from melusine, a special long-haired felt that comes from rabbit fur. This hat has a noticeably elegant profile, standing at 18 cm. It was finished with a pearl grey Melusine brim and silk lining.

Diameter 28 cm

Fiona Bennett Milliner
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Cosy

This mustard crushable hat was made from Melusine, a special long-haired felt that comes from rabbit fur. It was finished with machine embroidered details on the brim and a silk lining. It was fully handmade, just like every single one of Fiona’s pieces.

Height 11 cm
Diameter 11 cm

Fiona Bennett Milliner
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Couture

The Couture hat is a full head cap made entirely from stiffened lace flowers hand sewn together. For every collection Fiona tries to develop something new with regards to designs, materials and processing techniques. Every single one of her pieces is created in purely manual labour over multiple days.

Diameter 28 cm

Fiona Bennett Milliner
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Unlock Your Power

This fur felt, flat crowned women’s hat was inspired by third eye imagery seen on a trip to India. The collection focuses heavily on the idea of symmetry and the centre point. It is adorned with miniature mirrors and a large felt eye.

Diameter 31 cm
Height 8.5 cm

Fiona Bennett Milliner
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Gentlemen

Gentlemen is a classic men’s hat with an oversized crown. This tall model was created from a long haired Melusine fur felt in a cold light grey with a white Petersham band and a light grey wired brim finish.

Diameter 30 cm
Height 15.5 cm

Fiona Bennett Milliner

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