Maker Receives High Honor at Kentucky Derby Museum
Posted by Nate Stemen (Editor) , July 18, 2013 at 03:09 PM
resident Gena Conti's hats have been worn by celebrities, models
and hat enthusiasts all over the world.
Photo Credit: Gena Conti
Gena Conti said the idea to make hats hit her
like an epiphany more than 20 years ago.
Gena Conti's hat Moulin Rouge Deux was inducted into the Kentucky
Derby Museum in June.
Wyandotte hat maker Gena Conti doesn't like
to divulge information about her celebrity clients.
"It's a special, private thing," Conti
said. "A lot of my clients don't want anyone to know what
they're buying. They want it exclusive."
Conti's hats, designed for celebrities or otherwise,
have been featured in countless magazines and newspapers from
Forbes to the Detroit Free Press. A recent design was inducted
into the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville, KY in June.
A panel of judges at the museum selects between
20 and 30 hats each year to be featured in an exhibit highlighting
one of the most well-known traditions at the historic and storied
horse race--hat wearing.
Conti's hat, titled Moulin Rouge Deux, sits along
side hats designed and made by some of the world's foremost milliners,
or hat makers.
Models in magazines such as Hour Detroit, Real
Weddings, Metro Detroit Bride and Style Line--to name a few--have
donned Conti's creations.
Throughout all of her success, Conti has no plans
of leaving her favorite place in the world--Wyandotte.
"This is a neat little town," Conti said. "I'm
glad I'm here. I like it here."
Conti especially enjoys introducing people to
Wyandotte who've never been Downriver. One of the perks of having
a by-appointment-only business is showing off the city, she said.
After 20 years of making hats sold to people
all over the world, Conti doesn't see herself exclusively as a
"(Hats) are sculptural," Conti said. "I joke all
the time that I'm a frustrated sculptor. I also love beautiful
things. I also love fashion and, more than fashion, I love style."
To find out more about Gena Conti and her world-renowned
hats or to book an appointment visit the Gena Conti Millinery
Moulin Rouge Deux hat and details here: