Siegfried Hesbacher, known just as Siggi, studied art and design in Germany where he graduated
He moved to England and gained essential skills in tailoring, cutting
and sewing through hands on experience in a shop on Londons Portobello
Road. At the same time he learned hat making by working with Francis Wilson,
the theatrical designer, who made head-dresses and hats for stage, films
In 1982 he sold his first collection of cocktail hats to Harvey Nichols.
Since then his business has gradually grown and Siggi now trades from
his West London shop and sells to department stores, independent
retailers and private clients throughout the world.