I was excited to be selected to have my work in the Stitching Art exhibit at the Lexington’s Headley-Whitney Museum. The show opens on March 23rd. Featured in the above photo is Simone, a sculpted fur felt fascinator with curved peacock feathers.
The hat above is called Matisse. I designed Matisse in 1996, while studying at F.I.T. in New York. I was given the subject Matisse and asked to design a hat around that theme. In 2003, the hat won best of show at the T.L.D. Design Center in Chicago. I absolutely adore the outfit the hat is paired with. The dress is a very intricate design by Monica Magdangal. All photography by Anna Esposito.
We have had the very good fortune to have been selected to participate in the $25,000 FedEx Small Business Grant Challenge. It is exciting and an honor.
As you know, we are a small business based in Georgetown, Kentucky. For the past 20 years, I have made and sold hats to clients all over the world. Everything is hand made in our studio from start to finish. We custom make hats for weddings, the races, gala events, bridal showers and luncheons.
Some of the grant monies that we receive will go towards a project very near and dear to us. The Kentucky Equine Humane Center is a rescue group that rescues, rehabilitates and adopts out horses. Our Hats, Horses and Hope line is based on the group’s horses. A percentage of the sales from those hats goes towards the horses at KYEHC.
Remember, you can vote daily for Polly Singer Couture Hats and Veils until February 23, 2014. We so appreciate everyone’s support! Thank you!
At Polly Singer hats, we are selling our custom hat boxes. These make excellent gifts as well as gift boxes. It can be a lot of fun to fill a hat box with teas, candles, vintage items and hats as well!
Here are the hat boxes that we currently have in stock. The boxes are made from heavy cardboard and are very sturdy.
14″ wide – $19
16″ wide – $24
18″ wide – $26
20″ wide – $28
24″ wide – $34
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 859-533-1426 to order.
I have always been an “animal” person. Growing up in Kentucky, I always loved seeing the horses in their fields as I drove along the road. After spending five years volunteering in animal rescue for a local humane society, I wanted to help unwanted and abused horses in some way.
Not long after that, I received a letter from the Kentucky Equine Humane Center. Having worked with them a few years ago, I thought about working with them again. I designed a hat for the Breeders Cup, which did quite well in a silent auction. I drove down to their farm just outside of Nicholasville and fell in love.
Executive Director Karen Gustin showed me around the facility. Immediately, I fell in love with the horses at KYEHC and wanted to help. Karen and I discussed ways to help. What was born of that discussion was the Hats, Horses and Hope line that will benefit the KYECH. 15% of the sale price goes directly to KYEHC.
The first hat of the series that sold was Joey. Oddly enough, Joey was the horse at KYEHC that immediately stole my heart. The victim of abuse, he had a severe case of rain rot, more parasites than the vets had ever seen, two puncture wounds and a right eye that had to be removed. Joey is a strong 2 year old and making progress daily.
Camella was designed as a tribute to the lovely Anglo Arab gray roan horse rescued by the Kentucky Equine Humane Center, of which a portion of the proceeds benefit. This limited edition hat (only 15 available) features a curved 6″ brim in a metallic warm taupe. White feathers, purple handmade flowers and a white silk camellia complete this stylish look in Breeder’s Cup colors.
Camella is a stunning horse available for adoption from the Kentucky Equine Humane Center in Nicholasville, Kentucky. This hat is part of the Hats, Horses, and Hope line to benefit the Kentucky Equine Humane Center. TTheir mission is to provide humane treatment and shelter while working as a clearinghouse. They seek adoptive homes for Kentucky’s unwanted equines, regardless of breed.
15% from the sale of each of these hats benefits the Kentucky Equine Center. Each hat purchased will come with a card about the horse.
We have a busy weekend coming up at Polly Singer Couture Hats. Friday is the Future of Fashion Show in Lexington. Saturday features the Fall Fashion Event at Unique Gifts in Georgetown. On Monday, I speak to the Scott County Woman’s Club, famous for their pre-Derby party fundraiser. Tuesday night sees us at the Arabian Horse Celebration at Churchill Downs!
My first and only intern got married last month. Many of you know that Anne interned for me back in 2007 and 2008. She appears on my site as a model and even played the role of a bride on t.v. when we did a t.v. show about bridal attire.
It was a pleasure designing her fascinator. I used a piece of the sash and sculpted it into a flower, used a vintage pin that Anne had and added a few feathers.
Imagine my surprise on Monday morning when I opened an email from a client. To my amazement, I learned that our hats were featured in NBC’s Preakness Coverage last Saturday!
To view the video, please click here:
Polly Singer Hats at Preakness