J Smith Esquire
Justin Smith is the milliner and creative that leads the brand J Smith Esquire. After graduating from the Royal College of Art, he launched the brand J Smith Esquire following the success of his 2007 graduation show. From there Justin has been involved with fashion weeks all over the world featuring his hats and headpieces.
He has made pieces that have featured in major motion pictures such as Star Wars, and the Man from U.N.C.L.E, and the iconic Maleficent headpiece worn by Angelina Jolie. The pieces created within Justin’s London based studio aim to push the boundaries of the traditional millinery world. Justin looks to passionately upholds the traditions of millinery, whilst redefining classic headwear, challenging conventions and technique alike.
Justin’s peices have featured in numerous shows and exhibitions including Hats: An Anthology curated by Stephen Jones for the Victoria and Albert Museum of London, 2009 to 2012, Hedonism at London Fashion Week by the British Fashion Council, three seasons of Alta Roma Limited / Unlimited supported by Sylvia Fendi, the 2010 Vogue Young Talents exhibition in Milan, and the 2009 Fashion in Motion exhibition of selected milliners at the Victoria and Albert museum in London
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Images provided by J Smith Esquire. Pieces on mannequin heads from the Gold Collection