Nelly Bichet Hats


Nelly Bichet, the thoroughly mobile milliner

Nelly Bichet is a talented young French designer-milliner with a background in fine art and costume design

Nelly Bichet studied milliner’s techniques in Paris and was apprenticed to a traditional hat-making company before opening her own studio in Le Mans in 1999. Nelly designs her hats, head pieces and accessories to enhance the face and the figure of the wearer.

Her creations reflect her interest in form and colour and her love of couture techniques and fabrics. She has designed costumes and hats for the theatre and the opera and also collaborates with young fashion designers.

Working from a beautiful converted barge in the centre of historical Le Mans, Nelly Bichet provides a bespoke service by appointment for clients in Le Mans, Paris and London to where she travels regularly.

Nelly Bichet’s hats are hand-made using natural and sustainable materials. Her limited series “prêt à porter” collections are distributed through boutiques and hat-shops in Paris, Rome and London.

A floating studio for hats that will travel

Nelly lives and works on a beautiful houseboat based in the city of Le Mans, France.

The Santez Anna is a converted barge, dating from 1911, which has been beautifully restored to house both Nelly’s young family and a light and spacious workshop-boutique where she creates her hats.
Within easy distance from Paris and close to the Loire Valley, Le Mans is famous for it’s medieval city centre and amazing 24 hourmotor-race.