In the summer of 2017, Elly Stemerdink and Piet de Meijer became the owners of The Hat Magazine. Elly Stemerdink is a Dutch milliner, photographer, graphic designer, and editor-in-chief of Hatlines (NL/EN magazine for hat lovers). Piet de Meijer is an entrepreneur, specialising in administrative financial solutions.
The Hat Magazine reports on news, events and international trade shows, while inviting designers to impart their skills and expertise. The publication has an independent voice and a commitment to the promotion of hats, and is thereby an essential read for everyone within the industry worldwide.
Where it all started
The Hat Magazine was created in 1999 by Carole and Nigel Denford following 17 years as niche retailers of hats. As the owners of six specialist outlets, including The Hat Shop in London’s Covent Garden, Carole and Nigel promoted a new vision for both men's and women's styles.
At the end of the 1990s, Carole and Nigel decided to move into publishing. With all their knowledge, experience and interest in promoting and producing hats, Carole and Nigel set up a specialist magazine. As such, The Hat Magazine was established as a trade journal for the international industry to satisfy the needs of hat buyers, retailers, designers, hatters, milliners and enthusiasts alike.
From the beginning, Carole and Nigel realised that specialised headwear was created around the globe and for the next two decades visited and wrote about designers, manufacturers, trade shows and industry events in different parts of the world. After many years of non-stop stewardship and having seen the publication expand and take on a life on its own, Carole and Nigel found it was time to pass on the baton in 2017.