The Dos and Don’ts of Henley Royal Regatta


As with all events in “the season”, the rules on dress at Henley Royal Regatta are numerous. An important point to remember is that the Regatta itself does not have a dress code. Indeed it is possible to watch the races wearing whatever you want, however much like Ascot, if you want to get into certain areas, there are distinct rules which must be adhered to. According to the official website, these are the dos and don’ts if you want to watch the races from Temple Island or from the Stewards’ Enclosure:


  • Wear collared shirts, lounge suits or blazers and flannels for the gentlemen (and yes, a tie is preferable).
  • Show your support by wearing your club blazer.
  • Wear skirts or dresses down to the knee for the ladies – no trousers or culottes.
  • Wear a hat – it is customary though not compulsory.


  • Wear jeans, shorts, denim or trainers.
  • Opt for a large Ascot-type hat as it will undoubtedly block other people’s view.
  • Leave your mobile phone at home – anyone seen taking calls will have their badge number noted by security guards and anyone who commits the offense twice will be escorted out of the enclosure.

That’s it from us, enjoy the show!



Stetson Summer Hats

As Stetson celebrate their 150th anniversary, we are dedicating our social media channels to saluting this marvellous brand on their milestone.

The Stetson Spring Summer’15 range is true to the brands own aesthetic of classic shapes with a rugged edge; harmonizing it’s Western heritage with the current fashion landscape. We have a great selection of their straw and raffia hats which are the perfect accessory for effortless and understated summer style.

See below the Lamesa Toyo, a light straw hat with folded ribbon. The Merton Fine Tripilla Palm (Malibu Traveller) is a heavier hat peppered with dark flecks of colour and a embossed leather band. The Marrero Raffia is a pork pie influenced shaped hat with cobalt and red ribbon. The Millis Raffia, a pork pie shape with two tone ribbon and a lighter raffia on the underside of the brim. Finally the Hatteras Stripe an eight-piece stripe baker style cap with the classic button on the top and aeroplane brooch detail on the left back.

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FullSizeRender (8)You can find these beautiful Stetsons, along with us at: 102 High St. Rye, E. Sussex, TN31 7JN// 01797 225261


Sticks & Stones


One of the newest additions to our shop is a leather accessories brand Sticks & Stones. They produce a range of intensely coloured leather handbags and purses, which are stylish and understated despite their bold colour. However their is more to our new favourite brand than just pretty accessories.

Sticks & Stones started as a young vintage leather brand in 70’s Amsterdam, being showcased at the infamous Waterlooplein market- a hive for emerging fashion and creatives. It wasn’t until the 1980’s-1990’s that Sticks & Stones unique brand identity and products began to form. Noticing a gap in the market for colourful leather goods Sticks & Stones became the first leather brand to produce collection consisting entirely of brightly coloured leathers.

Another reason why we love them so much is because of their responsible and concious manufacturing. All of the leathers used by Sticks & Stones are AZO-free and they only work with tanneries with strict compliance and environmental regulations (which complies with EU regulations). The metal frames used in the handbags and purses are from a high quality German based supplier who complies with the implementation of REACH. A quote from Sticks & Stones website details the companies philosophy beautifully and cements our admiration for them- “We engage in running our business with great sensitivity to the world around us.”

Hot Bun Pudding


Hot Bun Pudding is a sumptuous treat. An alternative to the plain hot cross buns we all like to devour on Good Friday and a perfect way to end your Easter Sunday leg of lamb roast.


300ml double cream//600ml Milk//100g golden caster sugar//1 1/2 tsp vanilla essence//8 hot cross buns//40g soft butter//100g marzipan (cubed)//3tbsp chunky marmalade//icing sugar for dusting.


Preheat your oven to 170/150 fan/gas mark 3.

Cut the hot cross buns in half and spread the butter on them. Place in a shallow baking dish. Dot the cubed marzipan into the baking dish with the buns and glaze with marmalade. Set aside til later. Pour the double cream and milk into a pan and warm over a gentle heat. In a separate bowl whisk the egg, sugar and vanilla extract together with a fork. Once combined gradually add this to the warm milk and cream mixture. Pour the mixture over the hot cross buns and leave to soak for 15 minutes. As the buns soften push them further into the dish and mixture.

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Bake for 50 minutes until set. Remove the pudding from the oven and allow to stand for 10 minutes before dusting with icing sugar.

Serve your hot bun pudding while still warm. It’s perfect with a splodge of cream or a scoop of velvety vanilla ice cream.

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January Blues

Blue Monday has passed but you may still be suffering from a case of January blues.

If so, Herald & Heart have some little treats to brighten up your month. A colourful smorgasbord of pick-me-ups, that are kind to your purse strings in this post Christmas period.

Wool Berets & Patterned Silk Scarf

Wool Berets & Patterned Silk Scarf

Our vibrant selection of wool berets are a great little way to add colour and style anytime, anywhere, any ensemble. The patterned silk scarves are a bit of luxury you can indulge yourself in or gift to someone (Valentines Day and Mothers Day is fast approaching…).

Pop in and feast on all of our delicious hats and accessories!

Let’s Go To The Movies

The Kino Cinema in Rye is due to open at the end of the week. Award winning films, Hollywood glamour and great tragedies will grace the silver screen.
Herald & Heart has long been inspired by visually enchanting nature of the film industry. The 2015 collection draws upon great colour, shape and scripts to create exciting millinery with our own aesthetic. Throughout the range, pieces of millinery has been named after iconic lines from classic films.
"Wiggle your big toe"- Kill Bill Vol.1, 2003.

“Wiggle your big toe”- Kill Bill Vol.1, 2003.

"Don't call me 'Shirley'"- Airplane!, 1980.

“Don’t call me ‘Shirley'”- Airplane!, 1980.

"In the jungle you must wait until the dice read 5 or 8"- Jumanji, 1995.

“In the jungle you must wait until the dice read 5 or 8”- Jumanji, 1995.

"Made it, Ma. Topper the world."- White Heat, 1949.

“Made it, Ma. Topper the world.”- White Heat, 1949.

" Your going to need a bigger boat"- Jaws, 1975.

” Your going to need a bigger boat”- Jaws, 1975.

That’s all folks!

Happy New Year!

Herald & Heart would like to wish you a Happy New Year!

A new year for Herald & Heart means new enterprises and adventures. While we don’t want to indulge you in all of our top secret projects, we can be sure 2015 will be great for hats, business and you- our loyal friends and customers.

Let’s kick start the year by shaking off those January blues that everyone has thanks to gloomy skies and possibly, possibly eating and spending a little too much in December. Herald & Heart is having a ‘specstacular’ sale on all of our reading glasses!! Pop in to see what styles, colours and strengths we have for you. We are also having a crazy cap sale!! Choose from bold dogtooth or a classic black cap as a perfect little January pick me up.

Christmas Gift Guide

The Gift Guide

There are fewer than 10 days until Christmas 2014 arrives. If you still haven’t managed to get your Christmas shopping don’t worry!- Herald & Heart have the perfect gift guides for Him and Her.


Christmas Gift Ideas for Him

Christmas Gift Ideas for Him

Bring Him a little bit of festive sophistication with our suave red mason trilby, add a little charm to his wardrobe with our grey wool flat cap or give him some old school style with our royal blue Harris Tweed baker boy- Herald & Heart have some great Santacana scarfs to help complete the look in a range of colours.  Gift Him fashion and practicality with a pair of hand crafted wooden sunglasses by England based eyewear company Moat House, perfect for those crisp, sunny January mornings. For those days when its not crisp and sunny- just grey and wet the gadget umbrella is ideal, with a click of a button it puts it self up and is ready to protect him from those winter showers.


Christmas Gift Ideas for Her

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her

Shabby chic, effortlessly undone or eclectic vintage however you wish to label it this particular style is big this season so why not indulge entirely in frivolous fashion to find Her perfect gift this Christmas. Knitted arm candy from Kusan in both festive handbags and chunky clutches delivers the key trend of knit, complete the gift by popping a felt sheep coin purse in with the gift (it also makes a fun stocking filler!).  Our floppy 70’s inspired hat keeps it seasonal with the velvet band and felt flower, a definite must for our aspiring Bianca Jaggers; But for a quieter look, why not get Her a So Felt cloche with subtle patterns and embellishments. However if you just need a couple of wintery accessories to complete you presents under the tree try a pair of our feminine colour block gloves or perhaps a knitted turban to keep your gal trendy and cosy!

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