Custom Hat For Preakness

Custom Race Wear – Preakness

It all started with a skirt. A really great skirt that’s perfect for a horse race. My customer wanted a hat to go with it that had a touch of whimsy and a lot of impact.

The biggest challenge was to dye the parasisal straw to coordinate with the pretty pear green in the skirt. Through trial and error, I was able to come up with a color that worked great. From there it was a matter of pulling in the other colors of the skirt, including a terra cotta riding pant on the women featured on the skirt. Fortunately, I had a ribbon that was woven with terra cotta one way and green the other for a perfect complement. Dotted netting, black, white and green feathers, a custom made silk and striped band and dotted ribbon finishes the look.

An added bonus: the hat looks great worn as intended with the embellishment on the right as well as turning it around and wearing the embellishment on the left. Such a fun and colorful ensemble!

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Style Monday

With Kentucky Derby right around the corner, I want to share an image of a couple that captures the spirit of the Derby so well. LOVE the women’s simple dress so the hat takes center stage (as it should). And the gentleman looks equally as handsome in his smart Fedora and suit. Now if we could only get rid of the accessory that doesn’t compliment either outfit…the cellphone.

KD Couple

In-Studio Perspectives

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a busy time in the studio as I prepare to send a slew of hats to Louisville, Kentucky. I’ll have some of my hats for sale at Clay and Cotton, a boutique with cool clothing and home accessories. If you’re going to be in Louisville anytime soon, be sure to stop in. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the details…

And if you’re going to the Derby or a party here in town that requires a fabulous hat, be sure to contact me soon!

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This is how to dress for the Kentucky Derby

How many occasions require a look from head to toe that’s totally special and over-the-top? Well, the Kentucky Derby comes to mind since is all about the hat and the clothes. I’m partnering with Audrey’s Sweet Threads, a fabulous women’s boutique at Eton Collection, to bring together great hats and lovely clothing to help you look your best. The outfit in the photo is a gorgeous tiered lace dress with subtle shots of gold. See how the light filters through the hat onto the model to produce a lacy effect? So elegant. Find Audrey’s Sweet Threads at 28601 Chagrin Blvd. in Woodmere. (216-831-8880) You can see two more of my hats to the left of the mannequin in the photo below.

A Great Kentucky Derby Look by What a Great Hat and Audrey's Sweet Threads

Another Kentucky Derby Hat

Here’s another fabulous Kentucky Derby hat in shades of cafe-au-lait and cream. It’s hand blocked and sewn – the marks of a well-made hat. Dreamy satin ribbon and vintage dotted trim add a splash of luxury and vintage feathers provide a touch of whimsy. Lovely and sophisticated!

Cafe au Lait wide brim Kentucky Derby Hat