How Kate Middleton's favourite hat designer guarantees exclusivity
Published 11/05/2016 | 11:28
Kate Middleton's favourite milliner has a unique way of guaranteeing exclusivity for the Duchess - she simply doesn't sell to anyone else for years.
Jane Taylor, whose headpieces are regularly worn by the Duchess of Cambridge and other members of the royal family, creates bespoke pieces exclusively for some of royal clientele and won't sell a similar style for at least two years after.
Kate first wore one of her designs in 2012 for the Diamond Jubilee and Taylor said she "nearly fell into the road" when she first saw the image on a billboard while out for a run. Now, she maintains a tight relationship with the Duchess by simply staying tight-lipped.
"I was going for a run and I saw a billboard with images flashing up, one of which was of the christening. It was such a shock, I nearly fell into the road," she told hello! magazine.
As for a way to avoid copy-Kates?
"[I] wouldn't ever use them for anyone else for the first two or three years."
The mother-of-two has worn fascinators by the British designer countless times in the last four years, namely to Prince George and Princess Charlotte's christenings in 2013 and 2015.
"All I can say is that it's a huge honour to work with the Duchess. She's a great ambassador for British fashion," she added.