Bespoke Clerical Millinery for the Discerning Clergyman

Thursday, 7 April 2011


Here with fabric specially imported from Italy, from Gamerelli no less, and courtesy of friend and mentor to this blog, Mr Dieter Phillippi, we present a completely authentic bona fide Cardinalatial Biretta. Princes of the Church are given this hat at a special ceremony, known as the Consistory. The Cardinalatial Scarlet is limited specifically to the College of Cardinals, and no other red in ecclesiastical clothing or insignia is like it; technically it is closer to vermilion, but is commonly called scarlet.

It is quite exquisite to look at, we’re sure you’ll agree, and regarding rank, this is the daddy of Birettas. It is not possible to get a more swish hat than this no matter how hard you try, and indeed we’ve been admiring it so long today’s blog post is late. Mother Prioress has told us all to stop looking at it, claiming it will give us ‘airs’.  


  1. Congratulations! A fantastic biretta. I fully agree: The biretta of a cardinal is the most splendid one.

  2. Oooh, I like the vermillion model, too.