About me

Franco-Brit artist Anna Chocola has been designing and making ladies hats since 2010. Each hat is individually crafted in her Brighton studio, and sent to her customers all over the world.

Mira Calix (composer & performer), Miss Polly Rae (Neo-burlesque singer & dancer), Anna Bromilow (international fashion stylist) and Acid Doll (retro fashion model) are amongst her list of glamorous clients.

Both ELLE US and VOGUE Italia magazines have requested her hats for photo shoots. And the Fashion and Textile Museum shop in London is a regular stockist of her work.

Anna prides herself in offering a tailor-made millinery design service to match any outfit, as well as always stocking a selection of lovingly made unique pieces.

 

Anna Chocola was born in 1979 in France. Now living and working in Brighton (UK).

Artist and Freelance Designer.

2003/2005 Studied at Aix-en-Provence School of Art  (France) :

DNSEP ( final diploma – end of the 5-year course at Art School )

2000/2003 Studied at Pau School of Art & Communication (France) :

DNAP – Felicitations du Jury (Special Distinction)

1997/2000 Studied at Bordeaux University (France) :

Degree in English & American Literature, History & Culture

 

There’s a growing taste for Chocola!

Born in South West France in 1979, Anna was brought up on the family farm by her French father and English mother. From a small child she had always had an interest in drawing and painting and designing. She made her own clothes from the age of 13.

After taking a Degree in English at Bordeaux University, Anna moved on to begin a 5-year Diploma course at the School of “Beaux Arts “at Pau, then Aix-en-Provence, specialising in fine art, textiles, contemporary sculpture and conceptual work in fashion.

In 2006, Anna moved to the UK, settling in Brighton. She started working for a Brighton based hatter over 3 years as her assistant, focussed her love of fashion and improved her skills in a very professional market.

Some years before, Anna had been inspired by finding, in her French great grandmother’s farmhouse, a number of hats and clothes from the 1920s . These consisted of cloches, turbans and toques, and she brought these over to the UK with her.

Sourcing materials from many places, including charity shops in Brighton, fabric shops in London, flea markets in France and even small haberdashery shops in Madrid, her bags were an immediate success. Then the fashion of fascinators came along and this led Anna to add them to her repertoire, designing them and making them in a number of styles. The interest this created led her to turn to the hats that she’d found in her great grandmother’s house. She began to re-create them, using her lovingly world-sourced exclusive materials. Again, interest was immediate, and she sold them, through the Internet to stylish women around the world.

Today, the Anna Chocola label is gaining a reputation for excellent quality, fit and reliable delivery, taking commissions for bespoke headpieces and hats, producing designs that are both super feminine and trendy, using her talent and flair for ideas to not only follow trends but to stay ahead of them.

 

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