Monday, April 25, 2011

New Retailer: Fino Fino. Also, Kate Middleton.

I've just delivered my first order to another retailer, Fino Fino in Menlo Park, CA.

It was my first (long overdue) trip to Fino Fino, a beautiful space packed with tons of great hats arranged for fun and easy browsing. Proprietress Carolyn Busch has a great eye for good headwear, and is very welcoming and helpful to her customers. If you're in the area, it's definitely worth a visit.

Carolyn picked out some mini top hats from my 'Belle Epoch' line to add to her collection of cocktail hats and minis, which she said are increasing in popularity as Kate Middleton appears more and more in the press in similar styles. Here's a link to a great set of photos of Kate in different hats. Growing anticipation over Kate's upcoming wedding to Prince William seems to be having a noticeable effect on fashion in the US, with more and more young women showing greater interest in hats. As hats are a de rigueur part of ladies' wardrobes in the UK, undoubtedly Kate will continue to wear hats out and about once she's a princess, which will give the millinery industry a continuing boost. Great news all around.

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