Farlows and Lai Hats - Fly Fishing Collection

Farlows is keen to support British craftsmanship and has recently engaged with QEST scholar, and leading milliner, Lai Symes to showcase her stunning collection of 'Fishing Fly' hats.

Lai Symes trained in London with Rose Cory, who was milliner by Appointment to the Queen Mother. In 2000 she was awarded The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship to study couture millinery. The award and examples of her work were featured in the media including The Guardian, The Financial Times and on the BBC.

Lai SymesLai runs her business in Eastbourne on the south coast of England making finest couture hats to order using traditional millinery techniques. Since each hat is made by hand the result is an exquisitely finished, individual and beautiful-looking hat. Materials can be hand dyed to achieve an exact match with a customer's outfit. Lai's great skill and passion is in working with the customer to design their unique hat for whatever the occasion.

Farlows of Pall Mall is currently selling Lai's limited collection of ladies' couture felt hats entitled 'Fishing Fly'.

Each design is unique and was inspired and named after a fishing fly with all the romance, beauty and craftsmanship the tying of the traditional Scottish salmon flies evokes and individual appointments can be made with Lai in-store for advice or a personalised bespoke fitting of the hats.

Lai is pictured above in-store with her magnificent ‘Pale Evening Dun’ and her full collection of ‘Fishing Fly’ hats may be viewed in-store, or on her website laihats.co.uk

Lai Couture Fly Fishing Hats

For further information, or to make an appointment for a fitting, please contact Farlows by telephone on: 020 7484 1000 or by email at: [email protected]

Ian Welch

A freshwater biologist by training I drifted into angling journalism and am now Farlows Group marketing manager. A hopelessly inadequate fly angler (the team are hoping to put that right.) I have fished all over the world and am now most at home fishing for River Test grayling, River Ebro catfish, Indian mahseer, or battling giant freshwater stingray on the Thai rivers. Away from my rod I do a bit of shooting and a lot of fruit and vegetable growing!