About Rachelle Willnus

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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.