Celebrated milliner Philip Treacy OBE talks Royal Ascot and relaxation with Cally Squires.

What does a typical working day look like?

Elizabeth Street has become a renowned shopping destination, so we have customers from all over the world as well as our regular hat customers. A typical day involves appointments, taking orders and customer service. The hats are made to order so making the customer feel special and looked after is important.

What do you like about living and working in Belgravia?

It’s like a village right in the centre of the greatest city in the world.


Any favourite shops among your neighbours?

I actually enjoy the street market where I get fresh flowers at the weekend. I also love Les Senteurs and the way they make Elizabeth Street smell particularly beautiful.


How manic are you in the run-up to Royal Ascot?

Royal Ascot is like Christmas for us. It’s the busiest time of the year when the hats go racing!

It gets very hectic, especially for such a small team like ours. But it is always very satisfying at the end.


Tell us about your creations for the Royal Ascot style guide?

[It’s] an understated expression of beauty and grace. The hats reflect distinctive craftsmanship skills and communicate a subtle sophistication that is an ode to British tradition adapted for contemporary society.


How do you relax when you’re not working?

I often go for long walks in Battersea Park with my Jack Russell, TJ.


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