Hat Experiences with Master Milliner, Jenny Pfanenstiel

Corporate Hat Experience

Are you attending the Derby, going on a Safari, or Luxury Ski Adventure?  Are you looking for a Kentucky experience for a large group and would like custom hats?  Why not collaborate with the "Official Milliner" of the Kentucky Derby Museum, Jenny Pfanenstiel.  She can work through your event planner, or directly with your attendees to create a custom hat experience like no other.  Options can include: Custom hat shapes and styles, custom hat colors to coordinate with a specific outfit for an event, or company colors.  Painting by local illustrator of each custom hat for each individual.  Custom bow ties and/or pocket squares for the gentlemen.  Hat "Reveal Celebration" for the attendees at your location, or the Formé Millinery Hat Shop.

Due to the planning and the time involved in making each hat, we suggest contacting us during the beginning stages of planning your event.  This will allow the appropriate time to create a memorable hat experience for all attendees.    

Millinery Presentation with Optional Fashion Show

Jenny will discuss how she got started in the hat business, the different millinery materials and vintage machines she uses, and her hat blocks (some dating back 100 years).  Jenny will talk about the relationship of hats and the Derby and the proper way of wearing different types of hats.  She will bring onsite the raw materials, hat blocks, and hats for attendees to be able to see up close.     

Presentation is approximately 30-40 minutes. Can customize content discussed.  Power Point available. 

Optional: Fashion Show of hats.

Hat Shop Tour

Minutes from downtown Louisville, is the Formé Millinery Hat Shop.  Join us for a private tour and meet Master Milliner and the "Official Milliner" of the Kentucky Derby Museum Jenny Pfanenstiel.  Tour her hat shop and personal workspace where she creates the hats.  You will understand the uses of the different hat blocks, some dating back 100 years, and see up close the raw materials and vintage machines she uses.  She will demonstrate creating a sculptural hat on her braid machine from the 1800's (something she is known for throughout the world).

Each person will leave with a signed copy of her book, "The Making of a Milliner".

Speed Hat Making Workshop

Hat Making Educational Program and Hat Decorating Workshop “Speed Hatting”

This course starts off with a tour of Jenny’s Hat Shop and personal workspace where she creates the hats from scratch. You will be able to see up close raw materials and vintage machines and items she uses to create her creations. You will understand the uses of the different hat blocks, some dating back 100 years and be able see them up close. Each attendee will be provided with a hat already blocked and ready to go for decorating. Jenny will demonstrate how to manipulate different embellishing materials to be used to complete your hat. This will include feather flowers, to sculpting horsehair. 

Each person will walk away with a hat they decorated. 

Custom Hat Experience

Are you a part of a convention or group coming to town and are looking for a true Kentucky experience?  How about a fun "Speed Hat Making Workshop"!  We can accommodate any size group and timeframe. 

Do you want to surprise someone special with a custom hat?  They will work one-on-one with Jenny to create a unique, custom hat just for them.

Please contact us at info@formemillinery.com for further information and to receive a quote.

We look forward to creating an unforgettable experience for you.

Experience Testimonials

National Street Rod Association, Millinery Presentation and Fashion Show - Stockton, CA

"I wanted to drop you a note to thank you for your very enjoyable and informative presentation at the National Street Rod Association Ladies Tea.  I have received many complimentary comments on your program and how very much they enjoyed your creative talents come to life with the fashion show."

Louisville Convention Center, Millinery Presentation - Louisville, KY

"Thank you for all your help with the event…the ladies loved the hats! It was a pleasure meeting you and working together."

Woman's Club, Millinery Presentation and Fashion Show - Louisville, KY

"I want you to know how much we enjoyed your program today.  We have had a hat program every year at the Woman's Club but this was by far the best we have ever had.  You actually taught us something and the models were so awesome.  You and the health committee deserve major Kudos!!"

Drake Hotel, Hat Fashion Show - Chicago, IL

"You are great to work with !!!!!!!"

Alliance Française, Millinery Presentation - Louisville, KY

"Excellent & passionate presentation! Thank you for this experience—what a pleasure to meet you. Splendid, extraordinaire, passionnée, très bien présenté"

AMEX, Derby Experience - Louisville, KY

"Your service is appreciated beyond words, and everyone truly loved the special attention you provided."