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Garland’s Milano Hat Company Dresses the Crowns at the Kentucky Derby

Whether you have purchased a hat at Buc-cee’s or Nordstrom, you are most likely wearing a handmade hat from Milano Hat Company. Headquartered in Garland, TX, Milano Hat Company is well known for its western brands such as Justin and Larry Mahan’s. But Milano's Biltmore collection is the official hat of the Kentucky Derby.

Hat Styles of the Famous

It is not just the local cowboy or hipster that seeks out Milano hats. Bruno Mars, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Lady Gaga, and even the Duchess of Sussex, Meagan Markle, all don Milano hats. Grammy-winning Latin artists like Jorge Hernandez of Los Tigres del Norte requests custom-made Milano Hats. The factory has a special collection of hats customized for the Regional- Mexican superstar. Even the hat that Indiana Jones is always saving is a Milano Hat.

Derby Hats

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Next weekend, when the bugler sounds the horn at the Kentucky Derby, a large majority of the heads will be adorned with handmade hats from Garland, TX.

President of Milano Hat Company Scott Starnes previously stated in a WFAA interview, "Like I've always said, the Kentucky Derby's just another horse race without the hats!”

While you can’t walk into Milano Hat Company to purchase a headpiece or fascinator, many of the top department stores, western wear stores, and small mom-and-pop shops carry Milano brands. In Garland, you can visit Firewheel Town Center and purchase your favorite Milano style for your upcoming Kentucky Derby watch party. Department stores Macy’s and Dillard’s stock up in Milano styles. Just look for Aegan, Biltmore, Callanan, Cappelli, DPC, Indiana Jones, Mossy Oak, Santana, Scala, Stacey Adams, Stetson, Tommy Bahama and Brixton private label brands.

Where will you be watching the Derby? Be sure to tag Visit Garland and Milano Hats when you show the world the Milano hat that crowns your head while you enjoy the derby. 🏇👒

Shopping & Dinning

Firewheel Town Center
Spend a day shopping and dining at Firewheel Town Center, an open air, urban complex with more than 100 shops - from unique boutiques to major retailers, such as Dillard's and Macy's.

Ferah Tex-Med Kitchen
Experience Modern Mediterranean with a Texan Twist! Now serving lunch, happy hour, dinner, and Sunday brunch at Firewheel Town Center.

Gloria's Restaurant
Located at Firewheel Town Center, Gloria's, a family friendly chain, adds a new alternative to Tex-Mex cuisine with a dash of Salvadoran flavor – plus mojitos and margaritas.

Sunday Brunch is available 11 a.m.-3 p.m.


Firewheel Golf Park
Firewheel Golf Park offers a fun and challenging golfing experience with three regulation courses on 600 scenic acres of rolling hills, winding streams and mature trees. Featuring the Bridges, Lakes and Old courses with 63 holes, the beautiful topography provides championship caliber golf for all golfers to enjoy.
Strike + Reel
The first of its kind, Strike + Reel is a 90,000-square-foot entertainment venue featuring luxury dine-in movie auditoriums with large-format screens, luxury recliners and full bar service.

Downtown Garland
Browse through specialty shops and sample locally owned eateries in the heart of Garland's cultural community.
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