Hats Off to the Milliners of the Kentucky Derby: Epically Long Post


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This time of the year is the highest season for milliners and hat-lovers in the US. For the next few weeks there will be photo galleries of the best dressed and best hatted ladies for the Kentucky Derby. For once, the hats are in the spotlight.

Oddly, all of these beautiful galleries will tell us who the lucky lady is underneath the splendiferous hat and what sort of dress she’s wearing— like the dress is the focal point. PAH! It’s all about the hat. And it should be all about who spent hours and hours creating it.

The race is next Saturday. I was one of those girls who was entirely enthralled with horses at a young age. I took riding lessons and read all the horse books I could get my hands on. I fantasized about racing on the Black Stallion. Misty of Chincoteague. National Velvet. Couldn’t get enough of them. (except My Friend Flicka. Couldn’t stand that one.) Lately I’ve been missing horses, and thinking of English riding lessons .

In any case, I humbly offer my own gallery of derby beauties. They come from my beloved Etsy and from the center of racing fashion in the US, aptly titled Fashion at the Races. This latter site has a very well curated collection of the finer hats, made in America. I was assisted in curating this list by two of my Milliners of Etsy Team Leaders, the marvelous Amanda Joyner and Belle McCluskey.

In any case, bring on the hats!

Louise White Millinery

aMuse: Artisanal Finery

Boring Sidney

Katarina Hats

ruby3

Martha's Modes

Over the Top Hats

Boring Sidney

Arturo Rios

Makowsky Millinery

Jasmin Zorlu

aMuse: Artisanal Finery

All Ginned Up

Martha's Modes

HatTrix

Boring Sidney

Chef Bizzaro

andrea blohm millinery

Millistar

Arturo Rios

What A Great Hat

Millistar

katherine carey hats

Luminata Co

Emily Moe is a milliner who, since 2007, has slowly been taking over the world of Millinery and captains the Milliners of Etsy, a collective of artistan hat-makers from around the world. She lives with her husband in Minnesota and gets up to all kinds of creative mischief.


Emily Moe

Emily Moe

Milliner, millinery instructor at Moe Sew Co
Emily Moe is a milliner who, since 2007, has slowly been taking over the world of Millinery and captains the Milliners of Etsy, a collective of artistan hat-makers from around the world. She lives with her husband in Minnesota and gets up to all kinds of creative mischief.
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obsessed with knowing how, milliner, piano teacher, lover of Busby Berkeley films, watcher of far too much television (crafting does that to you)
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