Friday, May 24, 2013

Tonya Gross Millinery Emerging Designer Boutique on is now open

I am so thrilled to share: has opened the Tonya Gross Millinery Emerging Designer Boutique and is now featuring Tonya Gross Millinery hats online.  Thank you to friends and family and!

Kurt of Heyman Talent Louisville wearing the Damian Cap from the Tonya Gross Millinery CAPSule Collection for at the Original Makers Club and Farmington Foundation's Derby Breakfast, Farmington Historic Plantation, Louisville, KY

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

the derby...oh, and tonya gross millinery hat collection for is now live!

I am thrilled to announce that my hat collection for is now available here! 

In October of 2012, I was selected for the Emerging Designer Program.  It's been a long 6 months of planning and executing my first collection for such a large online retailer.  I made mistakes and learned a lot along the way.  I have created this collection of special event and everyday hats for men and women in a range of price points and colors inspired by my favorite time of year...SUMMER!  My favorite features of the hats from this collection?  Each hat is hand-finished and has an internal sizable millinery grosgrain band to create a unique fit for each customer. 

I am in Louisville, Kentucky writing this post, in between Kentucky Derby-themed events sponsored by Josh Meredith of the Original Makers Club and Garden and Gun at the spectacular Farmington Historic Plantation.  What wonderful hosts!  As a Midwestern girl with a passion for hats and hat making, I feel so welcome here in Louisville.  The hats and I have received such a warm reception and feel so comfortable letting my freak flag fly with my sculptural head wear.  Thank you, Louisville.  Thank you to the buyers and the wonderful employees at  What an amazing week.  We did it!