Posts

Showing posts from July, 2015

Hats Off! A brief History of Derby

Image
The colourful, wide-brimmed hat is a statement piece. Sailing around premiere derby events like The Packwood Grand atop the heads of well-heeled guests, this iconic accessory has made a name for itself that dates back to the late 1800s. Before its time, the racetrack left little to be desired. It was a place of vice, not fashion. Gambling and drinking went hand-in-hand lending itself to a dodgy crowd. It was no place for the socially affluent.  With the help of a few business people and the likes of Kentucky Derby founder Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr., by the early 1900s horse racing events were a regal affair – a place to show off your wealth and affluence.



The colourful, wide-brimmed hat is a statement piece. Sailing around premiere derby events like The Packwood Grand atop the heads of well-heeled guests, this iconic accessory has made a name for itself that dates back to the late 1800s. Before its time, the racetrack left little to be desired. It was a place of vice, not fashion. Gamb…