Herbert Johnson Collection

Peaky Domino




Ordering This Product

This style, part of our hatters Signature Collection, was commissioned by the costume designer for season 5 of the internationally popular BBC series Peaky Blinders.  Worn on screen by the character Polly Gray played by Helen McCrory.

The Peaky Domino is handcrafted to order by the highly skilled hatters at Herbert Johnson.  This black rabbit fur felt open crown style with bespoke origami ribbon-work was created to coordinate with the proposed costume, picking up on the cream and black geometric motif patterns of the dress and coat. This versatile vintage inspired millinery design has a soft head-fitting and posable 2¼ inch upturned brim which allows it to be worn in a variety of ways to suit the wearers preference of style.  

Specifics :

  • Felt: Black 100% rabbit fur felt
  • Brim: Classic 2¼ inch raw-edge snap-brim, upturned at the front
  • Ribbon: Vintage black & cream Danish-Origami ribbon-work
  • Interior: No liner, soft head-fitting & branded logo label
  • Bash: Open domed crown shape

Women's right sided bow as standard (as seen in this display option)

Once ordered you will be notified of the lead time. 

Designing the Peaky Domino for Peaky Blinders

Our Master Hatter Michelle Poyer-Sleeman designed this style working from a brief with photographs of the proposed costume pieces to be worn by Helen McCrory in the show.  Inspired by the cream and black geometric art-deco motif patterns of the dress and coat, she chose to mirror these motifs in the ribbon-work design for the hat.  The resulting design is an eye-catching handsewn trio of Danish-Origami in cream and black on a smooth black hat band that compliments the hat and the completed costume perfectly. 

Creating the hats for Peaky Blinders Season 5

In the summer of 2018 the costume designer for the popular BBC Peaky Blinders season 4 series, Alison McCosh, walked into our London store looking for new costume accessories for the next season of filming. She immediately fell in love with our recently created Smoulder style thinking it perfect for Cillian Murphy's character of Thomas Shelby in the show.

Over the next few months our Hatter worked closely with Alison, designing and creating unique bespoke designs for several of the actors in a variety of styles to match the proposed costume pieces.

We are incredibly proud to have designed such a wonderful collection of hats for Alison McCosh for the cast of season 5 and look forward to collaborating further with this great designer.



This product will be handcrafted to order by our specialist hatting team at Herbert Johnson Hatters.  Please email workshop@herbert-johnson.co.uk to check our current lead time for this product.


Place the string or tape around your head above your ear and across the mid forehead, completely circling your head.  Hold the tape firmly, but not too tightly.  Measure your head exactly where you want the hat to sit.  Measure in centimetres.  If your measurement falls between sizes, round up to the nearest centimetre.  It may help to either do this in the mirror or have someone to help for accuracy.

Bespoke Options:

Please note – If the Customer wishes to order something which varies from the standard options provided in the product listing (such as this model in a different colour or with the addition of a bound edge etc.), their order will need to be placed as a ‘Bespoke’ order.  Please follow the link for more information about our Bespoke Range

Our Materials:

All our hats are completely bespoke & handcrafted to order from only the finest sustainably sourced materials here at Herbert Johnson.  We work closely with our fur felt hood suppliers in Portugal, choosing only the highest quality fur felt which is ordered to our exacting specifications.

All our felts are preshrunk during the blocking stage to avoid later shrinking as much as possible.  Our rabbit is pounced to a smooth finish and a coating of protector is applied to prolong its resistance to the elements.  Whilst not as dense as our beaver fur felts, our rabbit makes a very fine quality fur felt hat.

A note on Lead Times for our handcrafted hats:

  • Lead Times are variable depending on our current volume of new orders being received.
  • Please note that our handcrafters fulfil orders on a first come first served basis
  • When new orders are received at our Hatting Workshop, they are entered into our making schedule in the next available position in the queue.
  • Once your order reaches the front of the queue, it will take approximately 10 days to be handcrafted to order by our specialist hatting team at Herbert Johnson.
  • The wait time for our handcrafted hats is normally between 2-8 weeks but please be aware that this can be subject to change.
  • The wait time for our custom bespoke orders may be longer depending on what materials and supplies may need to be specially ordered in to fulfil the order.
  • If you would like to inquire about the current expected lead time for your order, please contact the hatting workshop directly via workshop@herbert-johnson.co.uk
  • If you are hoping to order your hat for a particular event, please ensure you place your order in plenty of time prior to your deadline.  Please inform our hatting workshop directly if your order is time sensitive and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Postage & Packaging:

  • Once ordered you will be notified of the lead time.
  • Our hats are carefully packaged in cardboard postal boxes for dispatch internationally. 
  • We ship worldwide.
  • We calculate delivery costs based on the weight of each product and country to which the item is to be posted.
  • Postage costs may be included in the purchase price for some items.

Hat Care:

Store your hat somewhere dry placed brim down or preferably in a hat box. We recommend using a soft bristled hat or clothes brush to care for your hat.  Brush your hat counter clockwise to free any particles from the felt. Avoid handling your hat by the crown as you could wear out the front pinch.  Holding your hat by the brim is the best way to handle any hat or by gently cradling the crown in an open palm.  Whilst we preshrink all our hats, under extreme moisture conditions the felt may still be vulnerable to shrinkage or losing its shape if not properly cared for.  We advise against force drying your hat and it is best to allow it to dry naturally brim side down.  For more advanced cleaning needs and repair work, please consult your Hatter.