Bespoke & Special Commissions

J Smith Esquire has always been about providing a premium bespoke service, whether collaborating with companies across a diverse range of sectors or working with discerning individuals to fulfil exacting requirements. Each hat is curated around a dialogue with the client, that makes the wearer feel understood, so that every piece is unique.

For more information or to collaborate on a special project, please contact us.


J Smith Esquire × Gladstn London


A collaboration with luxury luggage brand Gladstn London. We created a unique alternative to the traditional hat box, a carry-on piece of luggage, large enough for your wide brimmed hat and small enough to take on your flight for a trip away, around town or a special occasion. Follow the link to see more details and to purchase.

Swatch Commission for ITS


A special art commission for International Talent Support (ITS) will be permanently displayed at the ITS HQ in Trieste, Italy, part of the new Arcademy, opening in 2022. To watch the documentary or more information on Swatch Art-Peace hotel.

Design Museum Commission


Justin was commissioned to re-make his ‘Amy’ hat to mark the 10 year anniversary of Amy Winehouse’s death. His original hat from 2009 is currently held in the Victoria & Albert Museum. The Design Museum approached Justin to make a ‘New version’ for the Exhibition ‘Amy – Beyond the stage’.

Amal Clooney Wedding Hat


Amal wears a J Smith Esquire cream wide brimmed sun hat. This was a collaboration with Stella McCartney to create the whole look especially for her wedding day.

J Smith Esquire × Manish Arora

Justin worked closely with the team at Manish Aurora to design and make six uniquely embellished ‘Bob Hairstyle’ hats, especially for their show at Paris fashion week. – For more information or to  collaborate on a project, please contact us.

Wedding Flower Tiara


An example of one of our bespoke wedding commissions, a hand rolled silk rose headdress designed to compliment both the dress and hairstyle.

J Smith Esquire × Moschino


Justin colloborated with Moschino to create a number of hats for Spring 2010. The hats were floating silk chiffon hearts and net cage hearts in the style of mini berets.

J Smith Esquire × Stella McCartney


A unique baseball cap in wool felt for Stella McCartney A/W 2013. Justin worked closely with the team at Stella McCartney to create this original shaped baseball cap for the show.

Bespoke Headscarf


An example of some of our bespoke work, a series of hand draped silk turbans made out of the clients Hermés luxury silk scarfs. Each one was unique and fashioned around the pattern on the scarf, making the most of each scarf design.

Painter’s Hat


An example of one of our special commissions. Painter Stuart Pearson Wright commissioned a bespoke Stetson, made of leather and aged to give it a distinctive well-loved appearance, to wear for his self-portrait.