Hat Borrower News

Hat Borrower News

Spring Specials! June 03 2020

Hi Everyone!

If you read my previous blog post you know I am reopening my hat room on June 15th, with some provisions in place.  With that being said, here are some things that may excite you:

1 - My 5th wedding anniversary is June 6th and to help me celebrate, I'm offering £5 off any rental.  Rental does not have to be in June, but deposit must be received during the month of June.  Rental can be for any time within the next year (so until June 6th 2021).  Contact me to arrange a viewing or if you see something online, send me a message to confirm availability and get it booked!


2 - As the lockdown eases and we adapt to a new normal of unease and social distancing (for the next few weeks at least), Brain Tumour Research are bringing celebration, colour and excitement to the nation with a fantastic new fundraising event.  So I have signed up with them along side their Wear A Hat Day With Flowers.  I will have 2 offers to go along with this day which is June 19th.

Option a) If you are holding your own fundraising event for Wear A Hat Day With Flowers, and you need a hat with a big flower, your rental will be 50% off.

Ideas for events if you haven't yet signed up:

  • Shops that are open, you and your colleagues can raise funds together 
  • If you have a zoom meeting on that day, show off your amazing hat
  • If you are just going to be out, walking the dog, and doing a bit of food shop, maybe you want to raise some money while wearing a fabulous hat.

Option b) If you want to wear a hat to show your support for the cause, perhaps get people talking about it as they ask about your fancy hat, but aren't doing any fundraising, then I will donate 50% of your rental to Brain Tumour Research.  And all you have to do is wear a fabulous flowery hat for the day.

Feel free to secure some fresh flowers to any hat as long as it doesn't damage it.

I will wear a hat with flowers on June 19th and will provide a link closer to the time so you can sponsor me if you wish.  All proceeds donated for me wearing a hat will go to directly to the charity.

Rentals can be done over the phone, text or fb/email.  If you see a hat you like, you don't have to make an appointment.  We can arrange a drop off or collection time that suits.

As always, please contact me with any questions. 

Stay safe!

Joanne x 

How you feelin? HAT HAT HAT May 27 2020


OK...cheesy title, but I am so excited!

Due to the government lifting some restrictions, non-essential businesses can start to re-open as of June 15th.  I may be non-essential but I assure you, when your events are rescheduled, you'll need me, and I'll be here.

So with that being said, I'll be reopening and following the advice of the government where applicable:

  • Hat Borrower is by appointment only and that won't change.  All I ask is that you come on your own or if you need to, bring just 1 other person with you.  I have a comfy waiting space in the office while I get you started in the hat room and I can always swap out with your guest, or you can go in to show them your selection.  And as always, you are welcome to video chat someone, and take as many pictures as you'd like.
  • There will be hand gel available which I will ask you to use upon arrival.  You're welcome to use it as you leave as well.
  • We will have the ability to stay 2 meters apart in the hat room and office, but I will wear my mask anyway, it makes me feel better and you are welcome to wear yours.
  • The hat room is located on the ground floor of my home, and my living space is on the 2nd and 3rd, which means the risk of visiting my home is almost null and the door handles and downstairs w/c are disinfected daily.

If you have any concerns about visiting us at Hat Borrower, please contact me and I'll try my best to put your mind at ease.

Although your 2020 special events may be cancelled, there are some other reasons why you may need a lovely summer hat.  A potential day out for a picnic with the family or a walk in the countryside with a special person.  Maybe you'd like a lovely hat to go with your beautiful sun dress on that day.  You may also be planning ahead for that rescheduled wedding.  Whatever the case, I'm here to help you find just the right piece.

Can't wait to be back in the hat room playing big girl dress up!

Lots of love

Joanne x

How are you all? May 19 2020


Hi hat lovers!

How is everyone?  It's a tricky time isn't it?  So much uncertainty and it can actually be a lonely time if you relied on seeing people in shops and on walks.  If you are feeling blue, reach out by any means necessary.  See my contact page for all details.

I've been doing what I can around the house, and homeschooling (trying) and going on long walks with the little guy (attempting to wear him out...fail).  But, we're hanging in there.  I've also been busy in the hat room, making sure it's perfect for when I can reopen again.  The hats were relocated at the end of February into my home shop to allow for more flexible hours and just 3 weeks after that it all came to a halt.  This has actually allowed me to have a good stock take, and have ended up donating quite a few to Henlow Court.  I got some new pieces photographed, named and uploaded, and the website had a complete overhaul.  So I'm trying to see the silver linings.

Also a wonderful thing happening is that an Instagram page called 'Cotswoldsweddings' started following me, so I of course followed them back.  I saw they list local suppliers and vendors etc.  We've been in touch and actually they started their website and social media pages because of this lock down, to help wedding business keep their name out there.  So many businesses may close because of this, especially small family run businesses, not just in the wedding sector.  So, I will be featured on their website and I am so excited to see my little business listed somewhere so fab!  So keep your peepers open, we should be listed under the new 'accessories' page:  https://cotswoldswed.com/

Stay safe, and I hope to be open again soon.

Lots of love,

Joanne x



Coronavirus and the hat room March 13 2020

Hello my lovely followers! 

Just wanted to put your mind at ease if you are concerned about your appointment and the coronavirus.  As I am not a shop front, I don't have the public foot traffic coming in and out, or passing outside.  The hat room is on the ground floor, and you don't need to enter the living space of my home, which starts on the 1st floor.  I've taken extra precautions making sure door handles are all wiped clean with disinfectant every time I, or anyone, comes in or out.

Also, as you would normally for any appointment anywhere, if you are feeling unwell, please let me know and I'll be happy to reschedule your appointment.

If you see something you'd like to hire, you can do so by messaging or calling me, coming for the viewing is not a necessity.  

Hope you are all feeling well & do contact me with any questions on hiring.

Love - Joanne :)

The hats are home! March 01 2020

I am so pleased with the new hat room!  It was a lot of work and the turnaround was so fast by everyone involved.  My supervisory skills are bar none!!

A massive thank you to my hubby who spent all day and some evenings for 3 weekends working tirelessly on the hat room.  Thank you to CTRoberts Professional Property Maintenance for building the fantastic room, Tim Frampton for the lovely carpet and Dylan and co at Dylan's man and van services for carefully moving the ever so delicate hats and furniture without incident.

The hat room is all set up and ready for its first appointment in its new home.  Contact me today to book a viewing. 

Hat's are on the move! February 28 2020


The hat room was partially packed up today and tomorrow is the big moving day into the new hat room.  Today took a little longer than it should have as I admit I played a little dress up in the hats.
Stay tuned for pics as the move is completed and the hat shop is ready for appointments!





We have a room! February 21 2020

We certainly have been busy here at Hat Borrower HQ. We have a new hat room with some amazing track lighting!  This weekend the carpets go down, paint goes on and next weekend is the "big move"....very exciting times.  Fiver fest is still running until February 29th and we are open as normal for appointments - currently located above Daisy Belle Floral Design.  Stay tuned for more updates.

My 2 cheeky chaps hard at work.  Fascinators really are for any occasion!  Contact me to hire either of these!... the hats not the chaps :)


Fiver Fest 2020! February 10 2020

Hat Borrower has joined in with some other small businesses in town and will participate in #fiverfest.  My offer will be £5 for any fascinator booking made between February 15-29th (can be booked for any future date).   To tie in to this, I will also offer £5 off any hat or hatinator hire during this event.

Contact me today to arrange a viewing so we can find you that great accessory for your event at a fantastic price!

Operation 'Hat Shop' is underway... February 01 2020

Garage has been cleared out (mostly) over the past week or so, plans drawn up and contractors are coming February 15th.  We're away next weekend so we MUST get it bare asap.  Can anyone see the potential here?  



I'm so excited...& I just can't hide it! January 28 2020

WOW what an incredibly busy but fantastic few days.  Such a whirlwind but I'm loving it!

The website is still a work in progress with some updated pictures coming shortly along with lots of  new pieces too!  And construction on the new shop starts Feb 15th and Hat Borrower should be in it's new home early March.

Also new to Hat Borrower for 2020....party handbags & clutches!  

While all of this is going on, we are still open for viewings, so please contact me at info@hatborrower.com,  01453453345 or 07860150778 to arrange a viewing or with any questions you may have.

Thank you!


End of a era and exciting changes for Hat Borrower's location! September 13 2017

Oh my… things have been busy! We’re well into September now and exciting things are coming to Hat Borrower. Just over a month ago, we paid a visit to Phelp’s Mill Close (previous home of Hat Borrower), where we met with Hat Borrower founder, Heidi Kirley. Heidi’s pride and joy was sadly looking for new owners as she was moving out of the area to a new property which she would not be able to transfer the hat room over with her.

To cut a long story short, in a matter of weeks Della and Eve are the new happy owners of Hat Borrower and have been busy converting a room above Eve’s flower shop, Daisy Belle Floral Design, into a new home for the wonderful selection of hats and fascinators.

We have hired out our first hats and have even exhibited at Woodchester Mansion Wedding Fayre! There’s still work to do in the new hat room and finishing touches to add but we’re so excited for new things ahead.

We’d like to give a huge thanks to Heidi and her husband Barry for the hard work they have put into establishing such a wonderful little gem and for entrusting us to take Hat Borrower to its next stage of its business venture.

New Hat to Hire - Pauline March 31 2015

We are delighted to announce another new hat to the Hat Borrower collection...

Pauline is now available to hire for weddings, christenings and race meetings. This beautiful hat features a subtle combination of feathers in a variety of blush tones with a rich chocolate brown undertone.

With a wide brim and tall center crown, this hat looks fabulous whatever the occasion!

To Hire Pauline contact us today.


New Hats to Hire From HatBorrower.com March 29 2015

We've been busy this afternoon making the most of the inclement weather, to update the www.hatborrower.com website with the latest Hats and Fascinators for 2015. So far we have added all of the new hats and fascinators below. But we have lots more to come! Including some new colours and designs for 2015 we know you will love.

So far we have added...





 And these are just a few of the 35 New Hats we are going to be adding to the Hat Hire Collection over the next few days.

Also don't forget that we now have a collection of hats available to buy. We can even ship them out to you anywhere in the UK. Click here to take a look at the Hat Boutique.


Hat Hire Style Guide for Ascot March 28 2015

If you are considering a visit to Ascot this year and would like to know what you can and can't wear, take a look at this handy video created by the racecourse itself.

Royal Ascot is synonymous with sartorial elegance. This is upheld by their dress code, which invites guests to contribute to an occasion heralded as a major fashion event in its own right.

Hats are available to hire right now for Ascot. Contact Heidi today to arrange a fitting or visit http://www.hatborrower.com


Busy Time of the Year June 17 2014

It's always so good to see so many of the Hat Borrower hats going out to weddings, christenings, Ascot and parties this time of year - and what a great selection have already been hired. Many of out hats have made their way to the Royal enclosure at Ascot - hopefully we might have some photos to post on the Hat Borrower blog soon.

Even though we are very busy at the moment, we always have time for visitors to visit the Hat Room in Dursley. Please remember to make an appointment before you arrive, as Hat Borrower is located in our family home.

This weekend we have hat hires in Yate, Chipping Sodbury, Berkeley and Cirencester. If you are still looking for the perfect hat to hire, take a look at the Hat Hire section, or give Heidi an email and we'll try our best to find the Hat!


Hat Hire Ascot

Exciting Changes at HatBorrower.com May 18 2014

You might have noticed some slight changes here at HatBorrower.com! We are very excited to announce, that due to demand you will soon be able to hire and buy stunning hats from us here at Hat Borrower.

There is a lot of activity happening behind the scenes to make this happen - we will let you know once we have our hats to buy collection up and running.

Don't forget - the Hat Hire collection is still as big as ever... Click to see our Hats to Hire