Just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating
The brooches listed here have been exclusively designed for Brain Tumour Research in collaboration with celebrated Milliners and Hatters. We are proud of our partnerships and the creative beauty of their designs.
Our latest brooch is available for just £10 (plus any donation you'd like to make on top) and limited to a run of just 500. It comes with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity to verify this. Any previous years' brooches still available are indicated below.
You can order your brooch in our new shop or you call to place your order directly with us on 01908 867200.
2023 - Purchase here
Renowned for her hybrid of functionality and ornate elegance, couture milliner Misa Harada’s main goal is to encourage more people to wear hats on any occasion. Her signature whimsical style hats are tweaked with her couture essence, and she has
caught the attention of artists such as Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Jennifer Aniston and The Rolling Stones. Misa Harada's collections are sold in more than 100 retail outlets across 15 countries.
“I lost a close childhood friend to a brain tumour. We were at the same high school in Japan and I keep in touch with other classmates to remember his life and the wonderful time we shared. Having this premature loss from a brain tumour in my life means this is a personal cause for me and I am so proud to have my ‘Love’ hat as the inspiration for this brooch.”Read more Show less
Rachel Trevor-Morgan is one of England's top milliners. Based in London, she has been making hats for over 30 years, preserving traditional methods whilst meeting the demand for perfectly exquisite handmade hats.
As Milliner to Her Majesty The Queen, she has held a Royal Warrant since 2014. Rachel provided the inspiration for our limited-edition brooch in 2013 and we are pleased to be working with her again for Wear A Hat Day 2022.
This year's brooch is based on a couture hat from her 2021 bespoke collection - a pale pink fine straw disc trimmed with silk flowers. A beautiful hat fit for the Platinum Jubilee Year!
"I am thrilled to be designing another brooch for Brain Tumour Research. Their Wear A Hat Day events are now key fundraising fixtures that attract huge support every year - thank you for helping to make a difference."Read more Show less
Harvy Santos Brooch
2021 - Purchase Here
Harvy Santos creates hats and couture headpieces that fuse traditional techniques with new materials and timeless elegance with 21st century panache. Harvy has been featured widely in leading fashion magazines and won multiple awards for his work, including The HAT Magazine's Hat Designer of the Year.
His hats appear in fine boutiques around the world and are enjoyed by many leading celebrities. Known for his rich colours, floating scatters and exploding pompoms, Harvy’s vivid and bold visual style make this year’s brooch totally joyful!
“I am thrilled to be amongst the millinery doyens who have influenced Wear A Hat Day brooches. We support Brain Tumour Research as a community and I am absolutely delighted to play my part this year. Spread a little joy on Wear A Hat Day and smile as you help us to make a difference”Read more Show less
Philip Treacy Brooch
2020 - *Sold out*
Described by Vogue magazine as “perhaps the greatest living milliner” Philip Treacy OBE is the world’s most in-demand hat designer. He is widely credited for changing the perception of the hat and creates exclusive designs for celebrities and royalty, as well as film and television.
Philip became our Patron in 2011 and provided the design for our first brooch.
We’re delighted that he agreed to provide inspiration again for this
year’s brooch, reflecting our brand as we celebrate our 10th anniversary
and a decade of achievements.
“Congratulations to Brain Tumour Research on 10 years of making a difference; revolutionising research and bringing us closer to a cure.
Wear A Hat Day is such a brilliant event and I’m proud to be part of it.
Please enjoy this new brooch and wear it to continue to help raising vital
awareness for brain tumours. Together we will find a cure.”
Edwina Ibbotson Brooch
2019 - Purchase Here
Edwina Ibbotson has been designing and creating beautiful bespoke headpieces for around 30 years.
For Edwina, the most important part of a hat is the silhouette. She loves feminine lines and hats that are beautiful from all angles.
With a striking feathered silhouette, our 2019 Wear A Hat Day brooch is based on one of Edwina's beautifully-crafted designs using traditional techniques.
“I hope it gives pleasure and please remember that, by wearing it, you are an ambassador for Brain Tumour Research. Be proud to be part of the fight to fund increased research and get us closer to a cure for this devastating disease.”Read more Show less
Noel Stewart Brooch
2018 - *Sold Out*
Noel Stewart is a London-based milliner with an international reputation. His collections combine luxury materials and traditional craftsmanship with contemporary innovation.
Striking and multi-coloured, our 2018 Wear A Hat Day brooch beautifully captures the sophistication of Noel’s original wide-brimmed design.
“I have been aware of Wear A Hat Day for many years and I am convinced of the need to fund vital brain tumour research. I am so pleased to be joining the illustrious company of milliners that have supported this campaign and hope wearing the brooch, inspired by my design, brings pleasure.”Read more Show less
Blending chic, fun and pop aesthetics, our 2017 brooch is based on a design by cutting edge milliner Piers Atkinson. Wearing his famous Pom Pom cap design is a striking way to support Brain Tumour Research.
Sadly, there is a serious intent underpinning this collaboration as Piers has a close friend who was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
"Having learned more about this devastating disease and the need for increased research to get closer to a cure I am so pleased to have contributed in this way. I hope everyone who wears this brooch enjoys the comments of friends and strangers and it happy to explain with pride that they wear it to support Brain Tumour Research."
Stephen Jones Brooch
2016 -*Sold Out*
Our fifth Wear A Hat Day signature brooch is modeled on an exclusive design created for Brain Tumour Research by one of the world's leading milliners, Stephen Jones OBE.
An inspirational couture artist, Stephen's vision was for an immediately striking fashion piece that would evoke a worldly freshness and optimism whilst remaining faithful to British millinery style.
"I am thrilled one of my drawings has been transformed into this beautiful multi-coloured and limited-edition brooch for Brain Tumour Research and Wear A Hat Day. In every situation to me flowers are always inspirational."
Lock & Co Brooch
2015 *Sold Out*
Lock & Co of London is the oldest hat shop in the world. Our fourth Wear A Hat Day brooch depicts the iconic top hat they designed for Brain Tumour Research in 2014.
The brooch design was based on a photograph of celebrated model and supporter Kerri Parker. Kerri has been one of our most active campaigners since a brain tumour diagnosis in 2013.
"I want my story to highlight the lack of funding going into brain tumour research. Wear A Hat Day is a fantastic campaign raising both awareness and funds. Thank you for your support and enjoy wearing this fabulous brooch!"
Vivien Sheriff is a leading light of English heritage millinery. Our third Wear A Hat Day brooch was inspired by 'Dressage', a classic Vivien Sheriff hat, decorated with pheasant plumage contouring the sweeping brim.
"Being chosen to provide the inspiration for the brooch is both meaningful and poignant to me as a close friend of mine died from a brain tumour in the prime of his life. I hope you wear it with pride in being able to support the vital cause that Brain Tumour Research is campaigning for."Read more Show less
Rachel Trevor-Morgan Brooch
2013 *Sold Out*
Rachel Trevor-Morgan, a couture milliner based in St James, London, has been making hats for over 20 years. She is milliner to Her Majesty The Queen and is passionate about her work. Rachel provided a beautiful hat design for our unique brooch in support of Wear A Hat Day 2013.
“I am delighted to support Brain Tumour Research and Wear A Hat Day. I am always trying to encourage people to wear more hats – what a perfect way to raise awareness and make a statement for such an important cause."
Philip Treacy Brooch
2012 *Sold Out*
Philip Treacy, celebrity hat designer and Patron of Brain Tumour Research, contributed to Wear A Hat Day 2012 by providing an image of a hat that he designed for our first exclusive brooch.
For the Pagoda hat, Philip took inspiration from a trip in Japan where he was moved by the majestic pagodas and the beautiful magnolia plants, where the colour of the hat comes from.
“This hat is like a protection for the mind and the body and is why I thought of Brain Tumour Research.”