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“My goal with Sharla’s is to inspire women to live beautifully from the top of their heads to the soles of their feet,” Sharla Bush reminded me as we sat in her softly-lit store, a few feet away from the exquisite couture toppers I had come to learn about. Anyone who has visited Sharla’s Boutique on the downtown McKinney square can confirm with me her goal to inspire women to live beautifully is most definitely met through the assortment of luxury goods Sharla’s carries. Seven years ago when Sharla moved her store from the 300 square-foot space in the corner of the Ritz building to the 3000 square-foot space Sharla’s currently occupies, she recognized that goal could encompass so much more than cosmetics and bath products, and so she took her goal international…

In the Fall of 2010, Sharla headed to Paris in search of the most beautiful hats she could find to bring back to McKinney. With Paris being the epi-center of world fashion, you can imagine the dozens and dozens of hat makers showcasing their designs at market. Sharla arrived already having some knowledge of the Marzi Firenze brand of famed hats, but intentionally visited all the other stalls first, not wanting to be jaded against any other designer. The difference noticed when she finally made it to Marzi’s booth was phenomenal. As the 4th generation to lead the Marzi FirenzeΒ design house, Alessio Marzi has kept the impossible-to-find maglina di Firenze (Florentine plaited straw) hats the focus of his company. This ancient technique of millinery combined with his preferred adornments: plumes, feathers, dried flowers and grasses, create an unmistakable elegance Sharla knew the women of McKinney (and beyond!) must have.”Signore Marzi is genuine, loving and personable. He leads his company with the upmost integrity and sophistication,” Sharla raved about her friend.

On the opposite side of the hat dichotomy represented at Sharla’s is an American milliner known as KOKIN. The KOKIN design house launched in 1983 and quickly became a favorite among well known designers, specialty stores, and the Hollywood elite. A born performer himself, KOKIN’S designs have become iconic fashion moments in entertainment history, including features in Pretty Woman, Clueless, and on the pages of Vanity Fair. “When you want to be out there on the edge, you wear KOKIN,” Sharla told me, “His hats make statements like those of their creator, zaney, sometimes off-color, but always genius.”

In April of 2015, the Marzi Firenze hat I purchased at Sharla’s and wore to The Mad Hatters Tea Party in Dallas won Most Elegant of the some 550 guests in attendance.Β  Last year, one of KOKIN’S hats, purchased at Sharla’s and worn by Dallas philanthropist Amy Warren, was selected as Best Hat by Rachel Zoe, who was in attendance as the feature designer and celebrity guest. The calibre of design and quality offered in the assortment of hats carried by Sharla holds a candle to no other. Sharla would like to personally invite you to visit her store and live beautifully in a hat this spring as you shop for the Kentucky Derby, Easter Sunday service, the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, or even a trip to the beach. Her selection is vast and her prices on these treasured pieces of art are competitive.

The Marzi Firenze hat I wore to the 2015 Mad Hatter’s Tea Party won Most Elegant

At Sharla’s with Alessio Marzi selecting the hat I would wear to the 2016 Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

With Hedy Sawyers (Marzi Firenze) and Linda Spina (KOKIN) at the 2016 Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

A few pictures from Mad Hatter’s Tea Party 2017

pictured with Hedy Sawyers (wearing Marzi Firenze) and Debbie Yarborough (wearing KOKIN.)

I am wearing custom-designed KOKIN.

Lydia Inboden, Treena Georgiadis and Amanda Hill all wearing KOKIN from Sharla’s

Sharla Bush and Laura Bush Freeman wearing KOKIN

Amy Warren (KOKIN), Melissa (Marzi Firenze), Rachel Zoe, Linda Spina (KOKIN), and Amanda Hill (KOKIN)

Debbie Yarborough and Kori Green wearing KOKIN

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