Hats off to Hatwoman as store celebrates its second birthday
Elizabeth Gomersall Bradley was not very interested in hats until three years ago when she suddenly started thinking that wearing hat is a good idea.
'It's very practical - it keeps you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. And you don't have to bother about your hair so much. It's also very flattering to wear a hat - it gives you a much more pulled- together look,' said Bradley.
'I've felt very embarrassed wearing a hat most of the time but the way to get over it is to wear one every day. Once I started wearing one every day, then I found out I needed a lot more hats. I only had about five at that time.'
But Hong Kong proved to be a place that was not very friendly to hat lovers and Bradley found it hard to find nice ones.
So she opened her own shop, Hatwoman, at Man Yee Arcade in Central, offering products from more than 16 brands and designers.
Last Thursday Hatwoman celebrated its second birthday and the launch of an online shop.
London-based milliner Noel Stewart and Hong Kong's Jay Cheng, of Jaycow, were among guests invited to share the joy with champagne and canapes.
Cheng, donning her own headpiece from the latest collection, said a hat is like the icing on the cake.
'It gives you a unique look and enhances the image you want to portray. For instance, people may see you as mysterious, sexy and feminine if you're wearing a headpiece with lace veil.
'For an informal look, you can go for wide leg pants with a more boyish style for that chic yet edgy touch,' Cheng said.