How "Hats Off by Helen" Began

Helen Overfield has been making Derby hats, "unofficially", for more than 25 years. Helen and her husband entertained out-of-town guests and clients for countless Derby weekends for the past two decades.  Every year, there were guests who were unprepared for the Derby fashion expectations and arrived sans hats. Helen unfailingly came to the rescue, making these ladies hats or lending them one of her own. Enough of these experiences eventually led her to start Hats Off by Helen in 2014. (Helen realized she was soon going to be an empty nester and needed a project.) She now has  three daughters in three different colleges in three different states, and the hats and fascinators keep her from missing them. Helen says, "I am having so much fun with it!"


Helen's hats are made with the Kentucky Derby in mind, but have been purchased for Breeders' Cup, Saratoga, Del Mar, steeplechases, polo matches, carriage driving and other equestrian events, as well as Mardi Gras luncheons, debutant luncheons, garden parties, teas and weddings.


Hats Off by Helen ships all over the United States. Her hats can also be seen on her Facebook page "Hats Off by Helen " on Instagram and Facebook, and in her Etsy Shop