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Kentucky Derby Hat show
features Amar collection

Trunk show offers customers
one-stop shopping experience

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 2009) – The search for the perfect Kentucky Derby hat is on. A special Kentucky Derby collection from Frank Olive Hats by Gabriel Amar will soon be available for those who want to look their best while spending a day at the races or attending gala parties.

Gabriel Amar Hats

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Frank Olive hats by New York’s
Gabriel Amar will be available
at The Summit’s Clay & Cotton
store in April through May 1.

Clay & Cotton, located at The Summit at 4025 Summit Plaza Dr. on Brownsboro Road in Louisville, will be featuring Frank Olive hats by New York designer Gabriel Amar from late March through May 1. Amar will be at Clay & Cotton at The Summit from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, April 10, for a Derby Hat Trunk Show.
Clay & Cotton also has a second location at 1341 Bardstown Rd., where Amar will appear from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 11, to meet customers and assist them in selecting the perfect hat to be the crowning jewel of their Derby outfits.
“These hats are one-of-a-kind,” said Clay & Cotton owner Margaret Taylor. “They come in some of the most beautiful colors-pastels to black and white to everything in between.”
The Derby Hat Trunk Show is a big event for Taylor as she gets ready for Derby season. “These are very special hats. Some of the best hats made,” she said.
This will be the second year Amar has offered his designs at Clay & Cotton, said Becky Norton, property manager for The Summit. “He visits Louisville every year to showcase his different styles.”
Amar, whose business is located in Brooklyn, N.Y., designs hats today in the same tradition that Frank Olive began. Olive was a milliner known for creating one-of-a-kind hats. He died in 1995. He designed hats for fashion houses, celebrities, theatre and produced hats to specifically accompany fashion designer’s collections.
Born in Milwaukee, he designed costumes while at the Chicago Art Institute. Olive went to New York hoping to make a name for himself in theatre through costume design. He became a milliner and drew world attention to his creations. He once said, “I think that hats are an essential part of being a woman.”
The goal of The Summit in hosting this trunk show is to offer customers one-stop shopping, Norton said. Customers can purchase a Derby hat and shop for a coordinating outfit at the same time at Clay & Cotton or the other apparel shops in The Summit.
“We’re trying to take the stress out of getting ready for the Derby,” she said. Pink will be a popular color choice for Derby fashion this year, Norton believes, due to the partnering of Churchill Downs and the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Foundation. These two entities will use Kentucky Oaks 135 as a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness and research. Churchill Downs plans to donate at least $100,000 to Komen by dedicating funds from Kentucky Oaks 135 general admission and reserved seating attendance.
Taylor and her husband, David Schriner, began Clay & Cotton in March 2004. The store location in The Summit opened one year ago.
Clay & Cotton carries women’s apparel and accessories, home décor items, decorative pottery, rugs, kitchenware and gifts. “Our motto is to sell things people love and use in their everyday life,” said Taylor.

• The Summit Louisville is located at Brownsboro Road (KY 22) via exit 34 off the Gene Snyder Freeway. For more information about the Derby Hat Trunk Show, contact Clay & Cotton at The Summit at (502) 420-0701 or at the Bardstown Road location at (502) 456-5536 or visit the website: www.clayandcotton.com.

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