If you want to get ahead, get a hat – so the saying goes.
And Caroline Fox and Sue Jones would certainly agree.
The pair have just launched their new business, The Hat Studio, on Victoria Road West, Cleveleys, and held a grand opening day this weekend.
It is based above what was once Cudworth’s fashion boutique. Among the attractions on Saturday was the appearance of a rare 1959 Cadillac coupé – the same kind famously owned by Marilyn Monroe – parked at the front.
The day also included refreshments and a chance to have a look around the new business, view the ranges on offer, as well as chatting to the two women behind the store.
Caroline, who worked in conjunction with the late Constance Fox, proprietor of Cudworth’s, said the new shop would be a “jewel in the crown of Cleveleys”.
She said: “Sue and I between us have 40 years’ experience in the fashion industry. So we really know our stuff – and we make a great team.
“People will be able to come along to the shop and get the perfect hat for any occasion.
“It’s a pretty specialist market and there is a bit of a gap in the market in the area.
“We have a large range of hats for sale and for hire. We also have accessories, fascinators, jewellery and handbags.
“It’s really on-trend at the moment to have a matching hat and handbag and team them with a nude shoe.
“We have many different styles of hat – from very petite and pretty through to abstract and everything in between.
“We have handbags in the same dye as the hats, so they can match perfectly.
“Somebody could come along with even the plainest dress and we can help dress it up.
“We are absolutely passionate about fashion and committed to getting it right for the client.
“Sue and I both know about hats and which styles suit which outfits and face shapes.
“I am also a qualified make-up artist, so I can give make-up tips and tutorials.
“It really is such a lovely business to be in, to help people look their best for a special occasion.”
Sue added: “There’s something for everyone, there’s a hat to suit anyone – whatever their face shape.
“People can bring their outfit, their dress, along and we will help them find a hat to match.
“And we cater for so many different occasions with the styles we have – weddings, formal events, ladies day.
“The hats are so pretty, they look lovely.”
There are also plans to hold regular fashion shows for good causes at the store.
Search on Facebook for The Hat Studio, Cleveleys or call 0790 3797305.