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A Derby Hat Countdown; 101 Derby Hats by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS

A Derby Hat Countdown; 101 Derby Hats by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS, Second Annual Countdown Launched: MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® , a custom millinery located on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, has launched its second annual Derby hat countdown to celebrate the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby.

Kentucky Derby Hats

The “Hanalee” Derby hat by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®.

To mark the 101 days leading up to Derby Day, couture Derby hat milliner, Sally Faith Steinmann of MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® will be showcasing one selected hat each day from her Derby Hat Collection in “A Derby Hat Countdown: 101 Derby Hats by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®”. Each featured hat has a brief introduction and a link to its own webpage where it can be viewed from all angles and one can read about what inspired its creation and the materials that were used to fashion it.

Steinmann states, “On Derby Day at Churchill Downs, it’s all about the hats and the horses. Whether you are attending the Run for the Roses and searching for the perfect hat to wear or simply love fancy Derby hats, I hope the Countdown satisfies your passion one day and one hat at a time!”

This year, the MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® road to the Derby began with the stunning wide brim Derby chapeau, the “Hanalee”.

This gorgeous silk Derby hat was inspired by a MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® customer named Sally Hamlin, a dedicated horsewoman from Washington, D.C., who was looking for something stylish yet comfortable for her Kentucky Derby adventure. The result of their Derby hat collaboration was an amazing style that incorporates sumptuous black dupioni silk, silver silk organza, wispy tulle and coral shantung; very stylish yet comfortable for a day at the races.

Kentucky Derby Hats

The “Hanalee” Derby hat by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®.

To learn more about the “Hanalee” visit the Hanalee hat webpage which features more views of the hat and tells the story of its creation.
A Derby Trivia Question will be a new addition to the Derby Hat Countdown this year. Steinmann states, “I hope it will be fun for both longtime horse racing fans as well as new ones. In researching the questions I know I certainly learned a lot about both the race and the horses that have run at Churchill Downs over the years.”

For additional information contact MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® at [email protected].

Maggie Mae Designs® Custom Millinery offers magnificent hats for all occasions – from glamorous racing events such as the Kentucky Derby and the Royal Ascot to stunning bridal wear and handsome cocktail fashions. Every hat is carefully handcrafted by milliner Sally Faith Steinmann from her home base on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Four unique salons of her Derby hat fashions featuring everything from fascinators to wide brim hats can been seen on her website at


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