Hats off to Love by Kathryn Andrews EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Author: Kathryn Andrews
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If you ask anyone to describe the great state of Kentucky, odds are
they’ll most likely answer you with “Bourbon and horses,” but if you
ask me, the only thing I’ll ever respond with is “Derby hats.”
Big hats. Small hats. Elaborate hats. Simple hats. Elegant hats. Vintage
hats. Statement hats. Bright hats. Pastel hats. You name it, I love them all.
Every. Single. One.
I’m not sure when or where I was the first time I saw a Derby hat.
Growing up in Louisville, they’ve always been a part of life. From the first
Derby back in 1875 to today, every spring, as the dogwoods blossom and the
tulips bloom, so begins the Derby season and so begins the quest to find the
perfect Derby hat.
After all, the Derby might be the most exciting two
minutes in sports, but before and after the race, it’s all about the parties and
the fashion. The who’s who of the thoroughbred racing industry will step out
dressed to the nines, along with the many celebrities and influential
individuals who come to be seen.
It’s my absolute favorite time of the year, and because of that, I’ve always
known I would one day open my own Derby hat store. Now, at twenty-five,
my dream has come true.
“Do you think it’s too big?” asks the woman standing in front of one of
the shop’s ornate silver full-length mirrors as she twists her head from side to
side to get a feel for how sturdy the hat is.
“Honestly, you’re asking the wrong person. To me, a Derby hat can never
be too big.” I smile at her while smoothing down a long black feather from
another hat she tried on.
Her eyes find mine in the mirror, and she smiles back. “I suppose you’re
right. Plus, they all seem to be about this size.” She glances at the counter
where several hats she’s tried on sit, varying in color and style.
It was after many months of planning and preparation that I opened Rosie
May at the beginning of the year. Yes, I used my actual name, but I love it,
and in many ways, it defines the Derby.
My mother grew up going to the Derby and has always loved the “run for
the roses,” which comes from the blanket of roses they drape over the
winning horse and is how I acquired my first name. Since our last name
happens to be May, the same month the race is run, it’s really just perfect for
my little boutique shop in the East Market District of downtown, which is
also referred to as NuLu for new Louisville.
Could I have come up with a fun hat shop name? Absolutely, but I want
Rosie May to be a brand, a label that one day is recognizable and sought out.
“Okay, I think I’ll take it.” She beams as she claps her hands together.
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