Elise Gustilo creates unique, handmade hats & headpieces specially designed for individual clients and occasions. She began her career at luxury uniform provider, Studio 104, creating award winning designs and headpieces for London’s most prestigious 5 * hotels. Elise was then employed by fashion powerhouse Ralph & Russo, designing embroidery artworks for Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week AW15/16. Following a swift promotion, Elise created design packs for orders with Ralph & Russo’s illustrious clientele, developing her technical expertise working closely with the company’s London based Atelier.
Elise was engaged in crafts from a young age and later developed her skills in traditional British Millinery with the legendary Rose Cory, Royal Warrant Holder to the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. In 2017 she received the Cockpit Arts / Prince’s Trust Creative Careers Award and to date produces her designs at her central London Holborn studio. Her hats fuse time-honoured techniques with contemporary concepts and materials, with the quality of her work reflective of her notable experience. Elise’s designs combine an element of playful experimentation with scientific curiosity, stemming from her love of art, knowledge and culture.