Official Milliner of Kentucky Derby Museum selected for prestigious Tory Burch Fellowship
Jenny Pfanenstiel heading to New York to gain business knowledge from fashion designer Tory Burch
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 30, 2019) – Kentucky Derby Museum is proud to announce its official milliner, Jenny Pfanenstiel, has been selected as one of just 50 female entrepreneurs into the very competitive Tory Burch Foundation Fellows Program. The Fellowship is extremely difficult to get into, with over 1,000 women applying under strict criteria and a very lengthy process.
Next week, Pfanenstiel heads to the Tory Burch headquarters in New York City to meet with the famed designer and entrepreneur, Tory Burch. Pfanenstiel will also meet with business leaders from Google, Spotify, Whole Foods and more, to learn how to take her business to the next level. For one year, Pfanenstiel will have access to a community of leaders to support and guide her to more exposure, expansion and growth. She receives $5,000 to use towards advancing her business.
“I am looking forward to meeting with Tory Burch, Foundation Members, and other powerful female entrepreneurs and influencers. I am grateful to a part of this amazing community of game changers! I am so incredibly grateful and look forward to taking my hat business to new heights.” said Pfanenstiel.
Pfanenstiel, a Master Milliner and owner of Formé Millinery, specializes in using age-old techniques that date back over 100 years, as a true couture milliner once did. She describes her unique creations for men, women and children as "sculptures" for the head.
Pfanenstiel has a degree in Fashion Design and has created hats for Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, former First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Madonna.
Her work has been featured in specialty boutiques around the world and in publications such as Vogue, Country Living and Southwest In-Flight Magazine.
Pfanenstiel currently has a signature hat on display inside the Museum’s hat exhibit. A select number of her hats are available for purchase in the Kentucky Derby Museum gift shop.
“Exposure is huge for a small business owner like myself. Partnering with the Kentucky Derby Museum has been a big boost, and this Fellowship is the next big step for Formé Millinery,” said Pfanenstiel.