Derby Hat show
features Amar collection
show offers customers
one-stop shopping experience
Helen E. McKinney
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
Olive hats by New Yorks
Gabriel Amar will be available
at The Summits 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 designers 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.
Were 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
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 womens 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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