Bates Hatter - an old established family firm

"Bates Hatters", Adventures and survival ... hat-makers to the Royals ... After a long tradition and more than 100 years as a family enterprise, Bates Hatters were forced to move from 21 Jermyn Street to 73 Jermyn Street! We currently have for sale one of their finest mahogany display cabinets and signs, in rare and beautiful condition. Pictured below when it was still in situ and daily use. 

"Bates was indeed a London institution, to which enthusiasts eagerly travelled from all over the world. So in 2009, there was great consternation when it was announced that the whole of the block that housed it was to be comprehensively redeveloped, and all of the shops were given their marching orders. Well now … the two chaps who had run the place for a very long time were both getting on in years, locating and setting up alternative premises in Jermyn Street (for surely it was unthinkable that Bates could ever leave Jermyn Street!) would be arduous, as well as prohibitively expensive … and so it truly did appear as though the writing was on the wall: Bates, the 110 year-old hatter, was to close down for good ".

"At this point there really should be a trumpet fanfare – for here is the cue for the entrance of the knight in shining armour, galloping on probably no less than a white steed to the rescue of something far more worthwhile than merely a damsel: it was Bates who was in distress! Jermyn Street’s own St George took the form of Mr Michael Booth, who for more than forty years has been the sole owner of another fine institution just a few doors down: Hilditch & Key – established in 1899, and the finest shirtmaker in the world. Now Mr Booth is never seen without a hat – grey or black fedora in winter, panama in summer – and of course he always bought them from Bates (where else?). And therefore he was doubly concerned: not only about the imminent demise of his hatter, but also for the very profound loss to Jermyn Street that the closure of Bates would undoubtedly spell. And so – very statesmanlike, this – he bought the business, lock stock and barrel. He saved the day …! Three cheers …! At least! Really, you know, we ought all to club together and strike a medal for him, so that he could pin it on to his hat band and flaunt it daily ".
( Text extract with many thanks from )

Reclaim Magazine February 2016

La Violette, French original vintage corset sculpture/mannequin, 1930.

Chantelle, Original vintage corset/sculpture mannequin, France 1930.

Very old wasp waist mannequin, Iron turnkey engraved Stockman, Paris 1880.

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Passing by...

We love this Upcycled sculpture/ installation by Swedish artist Michael Johansson who gave the fa├žade of the historic Royal British Society of Sculptors a ‘facelift’ for the exhibition 'Skulptur' which took place last Autumn in London.

The Royal British Society of Sculptors is a centre for contemporary sculpture, headquartered on Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, London.It is the oldest and largest organisation dedicated to sculpture in the UK.

Established in 1904,with a selective membership of around 600 professional sculptors, which promotes excellence in the art and practice of sculpture. It aims to inspire, inform and engage people of all ages and backgrounds with sculpture, and to support sculptors’ development of their practice to the highest professional standards.

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