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About Rachelle Willnus


Derby Hats by Rachelle was established in 2009. She has been handcrafting fascinators and hats for many different occasions and even gets orders for commissioned pieces. Every piece is a unique custom work of art and is made from authentic English sinamay (lightweight organic banana plant fiber). Feathers on pieces are from naturally molted birds. Pricing available upon request.

  • Designs have been featured on FOX 2 News, WDIV Local 4, and Channel 7 Action News.

  • The Pink Flower fascinator was also on display at The Detroit Historical Museum’s Fashion D.Fined Exhibit; celebrating the Past, Present, and Future of Detroit Fashion. 

  • Designs have been featured in The Metro You, Detroit News, StyleLine Magazine, Modern Model Magazine, The Metropolitan Detroit, Cover of Farmington Hills Life, SOLIS Magazine - New York, KEEL Magazine – International, Ellements Magazine – New York – International, Dedicated Magazine - Detroit.

  • Creations were featured at New York Fashion Week 2016 with designer Mila Pershyna, who once worked with DVF - Diane von Furstenberg

  • Celebrated in Louisville, Kentucky at the Live Out Loud charity fashion show; where Rachelle showcased 26 pieces from her spring collection 2019. 

  • Featured runway designer - 2017 North American International Auto Show Main Event.

  • 10% of proceeds from fashion events go to various charities.

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