William Chambers gained a First Class Hons degree in Textile Design at the Scottish College of Textiles before studying millinery at Metropolitan University. He set up William Chambers Millinery shortly after this and received a kick-start to his career when pop star and fashion icon Roisin Murphy wore one of his hats on several dates of her European tour. In 2008, he won the UK-wide Creative 30 competition and shortly after this in opened his Glasgow studio and showroom. William has won Accessory Designer of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards in 2010, 2012 and 2014.
He exhibited for five seasons at the Stephen Jones-curated Headonism showcase at London Fashion Week and now shows at his own solo stand - he has also exhibited in New York at the Scotland Re:designed showcase. His hats are stocked in Harrods, Fenwick and Fortnum & Mason and in his own hat shop in Glasgow's Merchant City, which opened in 2014. Other celebrities who have worn his hats include Kelis, Suzi Perry, Joan Jett, Ana Matronic, Judy Murray, Livia Firth and Anna Della Russo.
His work has appeared in Vogue, Elle, Evening Standard, Style.com, New York Post, The Telegraph, The Sun, Metro, Grazia, Red, Tatler, Glamour, Conde Nast Brides, Nylon, The Herald, Sunday Herald, Scotsman, the hardback book 'Couture Hats' and the official Royal Ascot Style Guide. He has created pieces for clients such as Cruise, Scottish Fashion Awards, Harvey Nichols, Disney and Sunday Herald.
William’s taste for the avant-garde mixed with his knowledge of the retail sector results in designs which are at once both exquisite and wearable. Taking inspiration from sources as diverse as floristry, Scottish history and art, British birds and his own plant-filled back garden, William seeks to modernise millinery with a fresh look at how we dress the head today. He mixes traditional materials such as felt and synamay with contemporary materials like latex, plastic and metallic leather, creating headwear that is both challenging and desirable.