Lynne McCrossan: Doff your caps to William

Ann Russell, 27, Greenbank. I love the mixture of texture in Ann's outfit. Her top is from Zara and the skirt is Next. Her cardigan is Asos, tights are Wolford and the boots are from Ravel.
Ann Russell, 27, Greenbank. I love the mixture of texture in Ann's outfit. Her top is from Zara and the skirt is Next. Her cardigan is Asos, tights are Wolford and the boots are from Ravel.
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WILLIAM CHAMBERS is one of the hardest working creatives this country has the pleasure of hosting.

You might not know him to look at but the next time you are walking around the second floor in Harvey Nichols he’ll be there. Attending your next wedding, he’ll be on the head of the most fashionable guest in the room.

Or should you take a shopping trip to London hitting Harrods and Fenwick’s along the way, he’ll be there too.

Since 2007, William Chambers has meticulously moved his way up in the world of millinery. He is a talented hat maker with a head for business – a combination that has assured a steady ascent in a world notorious for its pitfalls.

Last week people all over Scotland gathered in Glasgow to wet the head of his new baby. That would be a shop. In the Italian Centre, in Merchant City. His adorable dog padded around freshly sanded floorboards as people flooded in to congratulate him. Downstairs the studio is crammed full of material and mood boards as William cracks on making autumn/winter 2014 – a collection that is already sold into his key stockists.

It is impressive enough when someone has the ability to make beautiful things. It is mind-blowing when that same person can wear two hats - drive a successful business and deliver unrivalled quality in his product all at the same time.