I am happy to report that our daughter's wedding went off without a hitch, even allowing for a good layer of snow! A proper white wedding. The hat that you designed for me was perfect. I received so many compliments on the day and have given your details to friends and family so I hope that you will have lots of follow up requests. I found the whole process of meeting you, sitting down with a blank sheet and you working with me to get the exact style, fabric and finishings a real eye-opener! I had no idea how you go about making a hat. You were so patient with me and when you sent me your initial sketch design and had managed to find the graphics for my outfit, I could see exactly what you were suggesting. The finished hat was a triumph. Thank you so much. I wish you well with your business and will recommend you to all my friends. With kind regards, Geraldine"
Geraldine W, Chalvington, E.Sussex
"B. came home yesterday absolutely thrilled with her hat, and I also concur. She has enjoyed the experience and her meetings with you just as much as the end product, so I think the feeling is mutual.
Thank you for making this an extra special treat for her."
Alberto S, Hove
"I first saw Joanna at an Open House in Brighton, and as my daughter and I love hats I took a card. The following year I needed a hat to go to Ascot. I took along an outfit and had various ideas, but in the end we adapted the style from another hat there. I have ended up with a 1940's style hat which stayed on despite a very windy day and was comfortable to wear all day as well, I have three people stop me to comment on how nice my hat was!! The beauty of it is that the actual hat is neutral and I have two very stylish turquoise feathers on it, and it can be retrimmed to be another hat next year. She has also made two of my daughters hats, one for every day and another trimmed for ascot. We will be back next year for more. Thank you Joanna."
Fiona H, Albourne, W.Sussex
"I discovered Joanna Zara on line when I was searching for a Mother for the Bride/Groom hats to wear for my daughter and then my son's weddings .Working with Joanna was a pleasure and she instantly understood just what I was looking for, and was able to design two hats - both unique and taking into account my individual needs and tastes - I am thrilled with the results and impressed by Joanna's skill both in consultation and design."
Jody M, Bangor
"I did not want to travel to London but I did want a very special hat for a very special occasion - my god daughter's wedding. So I googled "milliners in Sussex" and up popped Joanna Zara Millinery. I 'phoned Joanna and explained that I wanted a 1920's, art deco "as seen on Poirot" type of hat. She was very excited at the prospect of tackling this request. I wore my wedding outfit on my first visit and provided some examples of the style I had in mind. Joanna took some measurements, sketched a design, we discussed materials and feathers etc and she did all the rest. Three visits in all to her unique, architect designed home and I came away with the most stunning creation - perfectly balanced, comfortable to wear and "not another like it in the whole of Sussex"! The wedding was lovely, despite the cold weather. The hat was a knockout - I am afraid I stole the show. I had several very complimentary comments about it."
Anne S, Hassocks
"I love Joanna's hats...for a special occasion she has a knack of creating something to suit your face, personality and budget, an individual piece with "your name on it". Her everyday hats are fun and funky...can't help going back for just one more.
Lyn T, Hove
"Joanna made me three hats from one by designing three different trimmings to match three different outfits: sheer genius and such a fun experience."
Patricia H, Hove
"Hats off to Joanna for solving the eternal perfect gift dilemma. Our Mother's Day was transformed by one of her gorgeous bespoke hats and my mum loved her fitting sessions almost as much as the hat itself!"
Sarah G, Brighton