Kentucky Derby hats are a tradition dating back over 100 years. Dee’s hasn’t been around quite that long, but we’ve made our share of hats. In recent years we’ve expanded our offerings to include more designer hats, fascinators, 1000’s of yards of ribbon and trim, extra staff, a feather bar, and over 1000 unadorned hats for Dee’s designers to create a perfect Oaks or Derby hat for you.
Kentucky Derby hat season starts in January every year when our buyers head to Manhattan to find the latest styles and colors to bring back to the store. The season ends with you wearing a Dee’s creation on a sunny day in May. Ok, we can’t guarantee a sunny day, but we can promise you a fabulous custom-designed hat guaranteed to wow your friends!
Store Hours: Monday – Friday 10 AM – 8 PM, Saturday 10 AM – 6 PM, Sunday 12:30 PM – 5 PM
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can I bring in my outfit to match it to a hat?
Yes. Most people like to bring in their Oaks or Derby outfit (some even include the shoes and jewelry) so they get a great match.
I don’t know anything about derby hats, can you help me?
Yes, our hat designers can help. Just show them what colors you like and you’ll be on your way to a great hat.
What’s the last day I can get a hat?
We’ll create Oaks and Derby hats as long as time allows. To guarantee the perfect hat designed and custom made for Oaks, please place your order by Tuesday, May 2nd. For Derby, you can place your order as late as Friday, May 5th and we’ll have it ready by Saturday morning, and you can pick it up on your way to the track. Of course, it’s still a much better idea to shop early for the best selection.
Do I have to buy my hat at Dee’s?
No you don’t. We’ll custom decorate a hat from anywhere. However we think we have the best selection, prettiest hats, and great prices.
Can you redecorate last year’s hat?
Yes. You can bring in a hat you wore to another Derby and Dee’s can usually re-make it to match this year’s outfit, depending on how it is put together. We have to make sure we can get the hat apart without destroying it and glue is sometimes an issue, but we can usually cover any glue spots with whatever we are putting on this year’s hat.
Can I watch my hat being created?
Unfortunately, no. Our designers are like Santa’s elves, they work their magic behind closed doors while everyone else is sleeping. You could try bribery with chocolates, Derby tickets, mint juleps, or other treats, but even that probably wouldn’t work.
Does Dee’s sell men’s hats?
Yes, men’s hats continue to gain popularity at the track. See some of the men’s options in the gallery.
I’m arriving in Louisville on May 5th for the Derby. Can you still make my hat?
Yes. Take a look at the hat galleries and then call the store (502) 896-6755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know what you like and we’ll put together a hat for pickup Thursday or Friday before Derby.
How do I order online?
You can order online any of the hats from our 2016 hat gallery or Dee’s can create a custom designed hat for you to match your Derby outfit. Contact Anna at email@example.com or 502-896-6755
Do you ship?
Yes, Dee’s ships hats all over the country and to most international destinations. We also deliver to local hotels during Derby week saving you from carrying that big hat box on a crowded airplane. Details are available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org