The Art of Hat Making

Fall at the Hat Shop

We have lots of exciting things coming up this season at the studio but most importantly, our annual sale is Saturday September 28th from 11-4.  If you’ve been before, you know to come early!  Our fall/winter hats from 2018 and spring/summer 2019 will be up to 50% off.  It is an excellent time to find a new hat.  I like to clear out all the old styles before we roll the new ones in (and they are looking so on point for this season).   Below are a sampling of some of the goodies you will find on discount!  You will find many more on Instagram and Facebook so be sure to follow The House of Macgregor there!

August at The Studio

It’s the start of August, Dallas is hot, and the hat shop kids are all out of camps!  The studio will be closed August 1st- August 10th while we squeeze one last drop out of summer vacation.  Email or call 214-942-1966 to make an appointment on my return.


July at the Studio

We are coming up on 11 years in business at our current location above Bolsa restaurant in Oak Cliff.  That’s a lot of hats made!  I still love what I do, especially when it comes to connecting with my clients and matching them up with the right hat for their needs.  We make men’s and women’s custom straw and felt hats but also have a wide selection of pieces available to purchase off the shelf.  Stop by our studio and try some on!  We are open by appointment Tuesday- Saturday so it can help to call before you come, 214-942-1966.  These are just a few of the hats available right now!




Summer Inventory

Here is some of what we have in the studio – all will be 20% of at our summer sale this Saturday! From men’s hats to boaters and headbands we’ve got your summer style covered!

Summer Hat Sale – Donuts & Discounts!

Be the first to show off your MacGregor this summer! This Saturday, we’ll be hosting a “Donuts & Discounts” summer sale at the studio. We will be open from 10-4 offering 20% off EVERYTHING! Our summer hats as well as the new headbands I’ve been working on (which are only $55 originally!). I’ll have donuts, mimosas and plenty of options for your summer style!


A few new fascinators!

We’ve added some new fascinators over the last week to our available inventory! We are open this week 10-3 every day through Friday. Saturday we will close to enjoy the race! Come by if you still need a hat!

Chic Derby Day Raingear!

So it’s going to rain at the Kentucky Derby? Don’t let the weather cramp your style! There are so many great options for making the most of your weekend while staying dry and warm. I recommend you carry your hat in a plastic bag and once inside and under cover don your beautiful headpiece with pride! Dry cleaner bags work well and you can wrap it around your hat if you want to take a walk around outside to take a look at the beautiful horses. The hats are very resilient and you won’t damage them by putting them in a plastic bag! 

If your hat does get caught in the rain, be sure to let your hat dry out slowly to retain its shape and size.

 Clear, plastic trench coats and galoshes are IN so do a little shopping and you’ll be able to show off that Derby Day dress no matter what! you’re not allowed to bring in an umbrella to protect your hat and clothes so pick up an adorable poncho or trench. A great trench can add stylish flair!

Here are a few great trench options:

Transparent Waterproof Raincoat – Amazon – $22

Madewell Translucent Anorak Raincoat
  – $99

Clear Vinyl Raincoat – Urban Outfitters – $89


Harper’s Bazaar 11 Ways to Beat April Showers in Style – some great high-end rain ponchos and jackets here! 


Forget the heels and wear some adorable rain boots to match your outfit. Chanel makes a very fancy pair of them but you can find cute clear boots on Amazon and many other sites!

Or we saw these fun polka dot high-heeled rain shoe covers that are fun! Only $11! 


Don’t forget to set your makeup, protect your hair, and wear waterproof mascara! And we still want to see those hats!!! So be sure to tag us in your pictures – #HOUSEOFMACGREGOR.

Fascinators Available!

We have a few new fascinators added to our inventory today! This is a great option for Oaks as they can conveniently be packed in the same box as a big derby hat. Most of ours are priced around $265.


Hats in Inventory

We are moving into “fall in love with a hat, find a dress to match” time at the hat shop but we have quite a selection of hats in inventory ready to go! We have a few new ones in this week and my hat supplier reminded me that this is time to “be prepared to compromise” this close to the Derby. If you are still looking for a hat, we have plenty in stock! The more open you are to falling in love versus having a set idea in your head, the happier your hat shopping experience will be!

This mocha straw number with roses will make your decision easy! – $405






I make no secret that Jill Courtemanche is my millinery bestie and carrying her hats for the Derby gives us even more reasons to hang out. These are a few of her hats above and they would make a perfect addition to your race day fashion!

Let us know how we can help!

More custom Derby hats for 2019…

A few more custom hats that I’ve been finishing up in the studio as Derby Day gets closer!

This one is being paired with a gorgeous leopard and rose dress.

This one with white plumage is being paired with the prettiest lavender dress.

Oh this old thing? Skirting the edge of being ridiculously big, it’s somehow also practical. Take the trim off after the Derby and you have 9″ brim sun hat!

If you weren’t able to get a custom hat made, no worries! I am happy to text or email you photos of the hats we currently have in stock that are ready to go. Please check out my previous blog posts, my Facebook page or Instagram page as I’m keeping those updated with current inventory as well. I’m also available to schedule appointments if you would like to come in, fall in love with a hat, then go find your dress!!