Chicago Creation: Kentucky Derby Hats From Tonya Gross Millinery

May 01, 2012 | by —Elle Eichinger | Homepage

Whether you’re making the trek to Louisville to see the Kentucky Derby live this weekend, or rooting for your favorite horse from home, you’ll need a haute hat from local milliner Tonya Gross to complement your mint julep.

Although Gross will be manning her Tonya Gross Millinery pop-up shop at the 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville during the Derby, she’s been planning event-appropriate toppers for a while. For men, the bold, salmon-colored Leo Trilby ($325) is preppy and perfect for the occasion. To shade still-pale skin from the Southern sun, we suggest the Marisa ($400), a hand-blocked and -dyed women’s parasisol hat in pretty shades of magenta and eggplant, accompanied by a damask silk chiffon scarf. Available at Kentucky Derby pop-up shop or on 773-988-0279

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