Official Kentucky Derby hat provider shows up at Sunland Park Racetrack


Wearing a hat to an event makes a statement. It completes your outfit and starts conversations. Nothing speaks to this more than the Kentucky Derby. Without the hats, the Derby is just another horse race.

Carson Finkle, CEO of Tenth Street Hats says this year's trends for the races centers around hatinators, which are a combination of a fascinator and a hat.

The parent company for Tenth Street Hats, Dorfman Pacific, is the official licensee for the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs with its Scala line for women and its Biltmore line for men. The Biltmore line is American-made and handmade at the Milano factory in Garland, Texas. Finkle says the Biltmore line havehas a lot of panamaPanama and colored straw, with a classic and preppy style. The Scala line represents Derby hats for women and includes a lot of sinamay hats, fascinators and hatinators.

Traditional style for the Kentucky Derby includes the color red since the race is called "the Run for the Roses." The day prior, known at Kentucky Oaks, is a day that benefits breast cancer and ovarian cancer survivors and people traditionally wear pink. The official flower for this day is the pink stargazer lillylily and for every sale of the official Kentucky Oaks drink, Churchill Downs donates $1 to cancer research.

If you happen upon the races on a Thursday during Derby week, you will find that people traditionally incorporate a little purple into their attire. According to Finkle, this day is commonly referred to as "Thurby," a combination of Thursday and purple.

Finkle says, that because of the color combinations leading up to the big race, Tenth Street Hats "makes sure to include some purple, pink and red into their hats to coincide with the three days."

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