The Carriage Driving Hats are here!

I create ladies’ custom hats for all kinds of equine sporting events: the Derby, Royal Ascot, polo matches and steeplechase. For years I have been dying to create a collection of carriage driving hats; stylish chapeaux for women to wear for their carriage driving competitions in a uniquely MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® style!

As luck would have it, this spring a woman named Lynda St. Andre from Norwood, MA contacted me and asked if I would create two carriage driving hats for her upcoming country pleasure driving events.

Lynda St. Andre of Norwood, MA Photo courtesy of Lynda St. Andre
Lynda St. Andre of Norwood, MA
Photo courtesy of Lynda St. Andre

Lynda owns a striking 6-year old American Saddlebred gelding named Attache’s Chocolate Thunder. She needed the perfect chapeaux to suit her sense of style and also to match her horse’s chestnut coloring.

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American Saddlebred Attache’s Chocolate Thunder, owned by Lynda St. Andre of Norwood, MA – Photo by Shiflet Photography

I was in heaven as Lynda and I together brainstormed on the designs for her two hats. Finally, we arrived at a custom version of the “Meg” chapeau and the Dianne’s Chelsea. The hats turned out wonderfully, and Lynda and Thunder have already won two Reserve Champion ribbons this season!

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Lynda St. Andre of Norwood, MA and her American Saddlebred, Attache's Chocolate Thunder - Photo (on left) by Shifle Photography
Lynda St. Andre of Norwood, MA and her American Saddlebred, Attache’s Chocolate Thunder – Photo (on left) by Shiflet Photography

After all these years, Lynda has inspired me to put together a collection of hats specifically created for carriage driving. Function and fashion go hand in hand with carriage driving hats. Special consideration needs to be given to designs that are comfortable, can withstand considerable wear and tear as well as wind, and yet are stylish and elegant. In the new Collection you’ll find hats with wide brims…

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Short brims…

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Hats with simple trims and hats with more detail in a wide variety of colors and fabrics that will work for every season!

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And the Carriage Driving Collection will keep growing, as all MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® collections do, with new hats being added as I experiment with designs and receive valuable feedback from customers and supporters alike. I do hope you enjoy the following slideshow of some of the new hats, and I invite you to visit the actual Carriage Driving Hats webpage to see the entire collection.

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Once again, thank you for visiting Hats and Horses!

Sally

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Author: hatsandhorses

Sally Faith Steinmann is the owner and designer of MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS Custom Millinery. A native of Cape Cod, Sally creates couture hats for the Kentucky Derby, Royal Ascot, Saratoga, weddings, teas, and garden parties. MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS sponsors "Hats Off to the Horses", an annual online Derby hat fundraiser for the retired racehorses of Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement facility in KY.

6 thoughts on “The Carriage Driving Hats are here!”

  1. Your collaboration with the client was a huge success; she looks wonderful in both of her carriage driving hats. Beautiful collection, too. Brava, Sally! 🙂

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