Meet the Team

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Victoria Rex-Lees

Founder of The Women’s Society

Victoria has a Retail Management degree and previously worked at the BHS head office. Victoria has always had a passion for fashion and style and with her background in retail she started The Women’s Society 17 years ago. The collections are hand picked by Victoria for the boutique and the website, she’s always on the hunt for new and exciting designers. Her favourite go-to brands are the British label by the designer Hayley Menzies and Essentiel Antwerp, which is designed in Belgium.

Victoria’s style advice
“Assess your lifestyle when searching for key pieces for your wardrobe. Your look should not only reflect your style but also your lifestyle. Go for quality over quantity.”

Silvana Newton

Assistant Manager & Stylist

Silvana joined our team back in February 2016 with previous work experience at Harvey Nichols, Versace and Harrods. Silvana’s educational background in Business & Fashion Design along with her high end retail history makes her styling knowledge second to none.

Silvana is always in Sunday, Monday & Tuesday if you would like to book a denim consultation with Silvana please give the Boutique a call.

Silvana’s style advice
“If it looks great and you feel great wear it! Age is no concern.”

Claudia Marcellis

Personal Stylist

Claudia moved to England from Holland over 15 years ago and has worked in various fashion retail positions. Including helping to establish the Laundry Industry brand when it came from the Netherlands to London.

She joined The Women’s Society Boutique in 2008 and has been a Sylist there for over 7 years meeting and dressing so many wonderful people. Claudia now offers one to one wardrobe detox and personal shopping sessions. If you would like to book a Personal styling session please contact the boutique at, for a wardrobe detox Claudia can be found at

Claudia is always in the Boutique on Wednesday 9.30am-5pm pop in and detox your wardrobe!

Claudia’s style advice
“Smile! Of course, that is easier said than done. On a purely clothing level, my advice is to only wear what makes you feel good. If it doesn’t feel right, take it off. Also, don’t try too hard and remember that “Less is more”. Oh, and only wear shoes that you can actually walk in.”

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Yllka Plaka

Sales Assistant & Stock Coordinator

As one of the newest residents in Hertford, Yllka had her eyes set on bringing her passion for style and years of customer services experience to the boutique. The Women’s Society was a match made in fashion heaven and now, Yllka assists our daily customers to find stylish standouts that help them look and feel their best.

Yllka’s style advice
“‘Allow yourself to be bold, creative and playful in your fashion choices, no matter your age or background!”

Ellie Hackworthy

Sales Assistant & Stock Room Assistant

Ellie has lived in Hertford all her life. She joined the team earlier this year and is super organised. She adores shoes and handbags – “you can never have too many”. Her brands of choice in the store are Soaked in Luxury and Scotch and Soda Ellie’s future plans are to study fashion and business in university.

Ellie’s style advice
“If you can’t stop thinking about it buy it “

Lucy Upton

Sales Assistant & Stock Room Assistant

Lucy studies at the local secondary school Presdales and has lived in Hertford all her life. She may be the youngest member of the team but she has a real eye for style with her favourite brands being Soaked in Luxury and in particular Dutch brand Fabienne Chapot. “I always love to have a statement piece or a bold, bright colour in my outfits”.

Lucy’s style advice
“I always love to have a statement piece or a bold, bright colour in my outfits”.

Sophia Tappa sales assistant at the women's society boutique

Sophia Tappa

Sales Assistant

Sophia’s style inspiration

“Fashion is such an exciting industry where you can express your yourself and make people feel confident and stylish. Every outfit is a canvas through which you can convey your personality to the world. I love a chic outfit with a style twist so my go-to brands are Essentiel Antwerp and Fabienne Chapot”.

Magdalena Gluszak – Holeksa

Online Assistant

Magdalena is a visual artist with an eye for design. She is passionate about fashion, which she loves as a way of being creative. She believes that fashion is an integral part of ones’ lifestyle – from making sustainable choices to wearing one-of-a-kind pieces crafted by designers. She assists Victoria to reflect her vision of the Boutique online and in store. Her favourite brands are Essentiel Antwerp and Hayley Menzies. She loves embrodiery details and eclectic colour combinations.

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