Wednesday 7 December 2016

How Kate Middleton's favourite hat designer guarantees exclusivity

Published 11/05/2016 | 11:28

Kate Middleton and (inset) is Jane Taylor
Kate Middleton and (inset) is Jane Taylor
June 2013: She dresses her growing baby bump in a pink Jenny Packham dress, LK Bennett shoes and a Jane Taylor fascinator.
Duchess of Cambridge carries her son Prince George after his christening
Jane Taylor attends the Jane Taylor Millinery store opening on December 1, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton and her daughter Charlotte in the official christening portrait
Here she is on the balcony of Buckingham Palace as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in an Alexander McQueen lace dress and a Jane Taylor hat.

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.

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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.

Here she is on the balcony of Buckingham Palace as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in an Alexander McQueen lace dress and a Jane Taylor hat.
Here she is on the balcony of Buckingham Palace as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in an Alexander McQueen lace dress and a Jane Taylor hat.

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.

Kate Middleton and her daughter Charlotte in the official christening portrait
Kate Middleton and her daughter Charlotte in the official christening portrait
Duchess of Cambridge carries her son Prince George after his christening
Duchess of Cambridge carries her son Prince George after his christening

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