Paul Bernstock and Thelma Speirs met whilst studying Fashion/Textiles 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.
Today, the spirit of the brand remains vibrant and youthful and a new generation of hat wearers are being seduced by the witty, fashionable and innovative styles. The hats are sporty and fashion forward using unconventional fabrics and techniques, crafted into unique designs with an emphasis on detail and quality.
In 2004 the first Bernstock Speirs hat store opened in Shoreditch, the heart of London’s East End, where Paul and Thelma have lived, worked and partied for the last thirty years. The shop is a treasure trove of hats, caps and head pieces and also allows an enticing glimpse into the atelier situated behind.