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Hat Designer Creates One-of-a-Kind Hats for Kentucky Derby and Breeders' Cup

Complete With Lucky Betting Numbers for the Track

Louisville, Kentucky

Home of the Prestigious Kentucky Derby, the Fastest Two Minutes in Sports


Looking for that perfect hat? At the Kentucky Derby, Louisvillians know for women, “It’s all about the hat” on the first Saturday in May. Helen Overfield knows the tradition well, having attended the Kentucky Oaks and Derby for over 25 years. She has been creating her one-of-a-kind hats and fascinators for decades for friends, family and select clients with her Hats Off by Helen business. “Of course they are made with the Kentucky Derby in mind,” says Overfield, “but I have worn them to the Breeders' Cup, Kentucky Oaks, Preakness, Belmont Stakes, and Keeneland….anyplace where wearing a hat is de rigeur.”


Two Hats Off by Helen creations were chosen by the Kentucky Derby Museum to be featured along with 18 other hats in a year-long exhibit entitled “It’s My Derby” complete with American Pharaoh’s trainer’s attire 2015-2016. The Judge's Choice Award was given to a Hats Off by Helen fascinator for the 2018-2019 exhibit at the Museum.

In addition to the Kentucky Derby, attendees at the Breeders' Cup, Saratoga,  Atlanta Steeplechase,  Preakness   Belmont,  Del Mar,  Nashville Steeplechase, Carolina Cup,  North Carolina Steeplechase, Queen’s Plate and other equestrian events have all inquired about buying a hat made in the Bluegrass State.


Besides the fancy feathers, flowers, ribbon and trim embellishments, each unique Hat’s Off! creation is creatively named with titles resembling the announcer’s call of the fastest two minutes in sports. Names such as “Winner by a Nose,” “Millionaire’s Row,” “Fleur de Filly,” and “Pink in the Paddock” add to the headwear experience. An added bonus coming with each hat (or fascinator) are two “lucky boxed exacta numbers” specific to the buyers hat. “They can have fun betting at the track with their personalized lucky numbers” Overfield adds, “The payoff can be a pretty as their hat if a long shot wins!"

Photos can be seen on the web site www.hatsoffbyhelen.com or in her ever popular Esty Shop www.etsy.com/shop/hatsoffbyhelen and her Facebook page “Hats Off  By Helen”.


Over 123,000 Etsy Shop followers have been from all over the United States and 45 other countries – such as England, Ireland, Canada, Spain, Japan, Egypt...and even Australia!


Overfield takes limited private appointments for those that need the perfect hat or fascinator and can be reached at (502)553-4342. She holds semi private trunk shows and various e-commerce sites and boutiques (including the Kentucky Derby Museum Gift Shop) carry her headwear.


Hats Off by Helen hats and fascinators retail in the $50 - $350 price range.