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Cheltenham’s acclaimed Courtyard shopping centre in Montpellier offers an eclectic mix, from delicious dining at Flynns, original art at The Burlington Gallery, luxurious underwear at Verite Louise and exclusive fashions at Caroline Charles and Silks of Cheltenham.

Needless to say, Silks isn’t just about silk - it’s intriguingly named after a restaurant! It was the brainchild of business partners and firm friends, Susan Launchbury and Anne Forsyth and provides a quality collection of designer clothes for women of all ages.

The sumptuous store stocks a wide range of fashions from special occasion clothing to designer separates and they pride themselves on a personal service second to none. Many customers have become great friends and their aim is to help you choose that all important outfit, complete with accessories, in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Try outfits on and take your time over a coffee!

Susan said: “We will be holding a sale of our Summer range in July and preparing for our Autumn collections. We offer stunning Mother of the Bride and Occasion Wear with a feminine touch and limitless sophistication and supply wonderful hats, fascinators, bags and jewellery to complete the look.”

Silks of Cheltenham provides pretty and edgy, elegant and timeless, fully co-ordinated collections of feminine separates, suits and dresses, which incorporate soft colours with unusual trims, textures and silhouettes.

Sizes range from 10-24 and flatter every figure at a very competitive price.

Special occasion designers include Presen, Carina, John Charles and Ann Balon amongst others while separates includes clothing from top names such as Pomodoro, Lisa Campione and Gerry Weber. Chic hats and fascinators from Nigel Rayment, Snoxell and Vivien Sheriff complete the look – whether for a wedding or a day at the races.

Silks also supply a wide range of jewellery, bags and scarves to try at your leisure. Pop in on your own for a warm welcome, or drop in with friends to try a few new looks and get some expert advice.

Silks also has its own very useful website - - so you can browse the collections from the comfort of your home before trying it out for yourself - but nothing beats the personal touch from the experts!

Customers can also sign up for emails giving you details of the latest collections, sales and special offers so you don’t miss a thing.

Next time you’re near the Courtyard, drop in to Silks and take a look - you won’t be disappointed!