About Us


Paul Bernstock and Thelma Speirs met whilst studying Fashion at Middlesex University and in 1982 established the label Bernstock Speirs. Inspired by the underground club and music scene, they began creating men’s and women’s hats which challenged the traditional ideas of millinery. 


Bernstock Speirs design and manufacture the hats from their studio in Shoreditch, where they have been based for the past 40 years.


The hats are sporty and fashion forward using unconventional fabrics and techniques, crafted into unique designs with an emphasis on detail and quality. 


They have also collaborated with many fashion designers, producing hats for their shows including:  Martine Rose, Maison Kitsune, Peter Jensen, Lou Dalton, Sibling, Preen, Gianni Versace and Jean- Paul Gaultier.


Their hats have been worn by many celebrities over the last 4 decades, from Kylie Minogue, James Brown, Will Young, Miranda Richardson, French & Saunders to Cara Delevingne, Katy Perry and will.i.am.


They have been sold in the most prestigious shops globally: Liberty, Dover Street Market, Le Bon Marche, Isetan and Colette to name but a few.