Toronto’s Royal Hatmaker: David Dunkley Fine Milliner on Bathurst Street

If you’re looking for a unique fascinator for a special event, your own custom bridal headpiece or just a truly fabulous one-of-a-kind hat, one of the most respected milliners in the world has his studio right here in Toronto. David Dunkley’s hats are works of art that combine traditional techniques with modern design. They have a timeless quality that makes them stand out from the crowd.

David mastered his craft studying under the former royal milliner to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Following in this regal millinery lineage, Dunkley’s masterpieces have been worn by members of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s entourage and gifted to Her Majesty The Queen Consort.

Considered one of the most skilled and innovative milliners in the industry, Dunkley’s hats have been featured in many high-profile fashion events including New York Fashion Week, Toronto Fashion Week and the Royal Ontario Museum’s “Christian Dior” exhibition. Dunkley’s was included in the “Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones” exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England. This exhibition showcased the work of some of the most influential milliners in the world.

Dunkley’s journey to becoming a milliner started in the early 2000s when he was working in the fashion industry in Toronto. He was drawn to hats because of their ability to transform an outfit and add a touch of elegance and sophistication. He began to experiment with hat-making techniques, and soon found that he had a natural talent for creating beautiful and intricate designs.

Since then, Dunkley has honed his craft and become known for his signature style, which combines traditional millinery techniques with modern design elements. His hats are often made with feathers, silk flowers, and vintage lace, which gives them an ethereal quality. He is sought-after for custom bridal designs; you can see his stunning wedding creations at @daviddunkleyweddings.

Dunkley’s men’s hats are incredibly popular; designed to elevate any outfit. He can create anything from classic fedoras to modern snapback caps.

Open Friday 10am- 6pm, Saturday 10am- 3pm. Tuesday to Thursday by appointment; call 416-538-0998. 974 Bathurst Street, Toronto.

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