Derby Feathers – Couture Designer Hats by Arturo Rios

140th Kentucky Derby 2014! What sets the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks apart from other sports and entertainment events? Is it the world-class horses? The Hollywood stars? The romantic Twin Spires? Well, first and foremost, it’s the hats!! Part Southern tradition, part spectacle, the Kentucky Derby hat parade is much of what makes “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports” one of the greatest people-watching events in the world! From the fantastic to the sublime, there are no rules or limits when it comes to choosing your Derby hat. -

Kentucky Derby Hats,  Royal Ascot, Melbourne Cup, Dubai Cup, Tea Parties, Weddings & more, Arturo Rios is your go to milliner for Derby hats & facinators! Don’t wait till last minuet, the 140th Kentucky Derby is on May 3, 2014. Get your couture design from Arturo’s Etsy shop before it’s too late! Here are a few of our favorite Derby Feathers…! We love love love the Black & White feathered looks! SO Classic yet Modern, Perfect for today’s Derby attendee.

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And one for our Spring and Summer Brides…! Arturo Rios has you covered in feathers on your special day! We adore this White Goose Feather and Ostrich Fringed Facinator! You could also DIY with our White Ostrich Fringe and Pearl Pick and your choice of either our White Coquille Feather Flower Corsage or White Marabou Feather & Pearl Corsage. 

Couture Designer Hats by Arturo Rios

Fowl Play Exhibit The Feather Place has proudly collaborated with FIT, The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, to bring a wonderful feathered exhibit created by Visual Presentation students. Named “Fowl Play”, the exhibition explores ornithology (the study of birds) and how nature inspires fashion. Students researched different species of birds including their behavior, habitat and diet. They then visited our showroom in the heart of NYC’s Garment District to learn about feathers and their use in the fashion industry.

The students were instructed to transform the mannequin into a bird by considering the design and pose of the mannequin, and the variety of feathers provided by The Feather Place.  Each student emphasized one specific appearance or behavioral trait and was to include references of fashion designs inspired by their particular bird.  We absolutely love these student’s creations and hope you get inspired and are able to stop by!

“Fowl Play” exhibit at FIT, 27th street and 7th avenue NYC, until the end of April.

Blue Guinea Fowl A Blue Guinea Fowl makes a statement in spots

Pohnpei Lorikeet A Pohnpei Lorikeet stuns in vivid pinks and yellows

Snow OwlThis fluffy Snow Owl strikes a fierce pose

Rockhopper Penguin and Great CurassowA child mannequin perfectly embodies the Rockhopper Penguin joined by a yellow beaked Great Curassow

AlbatrossThis high flying Albatross has a massive wing span!

Bald Eagle and Bearded VultureA Bald Eagle and Bearded Vulture perched on high

FlamingoAn elegantly statuesque Flamingo

Victoria Crowned PigeonThis Victoria Crowned Pigeon is known for its’ intricate crestBlue JayA beautifully layered and detailed Bluejay

ParakeetA colorful Parakeet playfully swings

RavenA Raven peeking through the shrubbery

Hummingbird and Wood StorkA puffed chest Hummingbird and a Wood Stork celebrates its’ prey

BlackbirdA Blackbird with intricate wings

Red Crowned CranesA pair of Red Crowned Cranes performing a mating dance

All of the feathers used in this exhibit were supplied by The Feather Place and can all be purchased right here at!

Watching our gardens bloom and grow green, we can’t help but feel that springtime is the time for color, creation, and crafts. Today we present a springtime project for the fresh and flowering little ladies of your lives. A cute feather caplet or shawl to greet the spring chill. The Sweet Springtime Feather Shawl is an easy sewing project to complete any dress or spring ensemble.

Sweet Springtime Feather Shawl

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Fabric (about 1 yard of main and lining fabrics)
Marabou or Chandelle Feather boas
Sewing supplies (needles/sewing machine)
Ruler or compass


STEP 1: Start with your fabric folded over once and then again, so you will be cutting through four layers of fabric.


STEP 2: Using a ruler or compass, measure out the neckline. A 3-inch radius is what we used for this little girl size, but feel free to increase or decrease that to fit.


STEP 3: Now measure out the outer border of the shawl. For this small size, we went out 11 inches from the neckline, but again, increase or decrease to a length that feels comfortable to you!



STEP 4: Cut your folded fabric along the drawn lines and unfurl it to a flat circle like this.


STEP 5: The next step is very flexible; you are going to cut a section of the circle out—if you want a more draping shawl, cut a small section out. For a more structured and straight look, cut a larger section! You can also decide to leave the edge straight, or to cut a scalloped shape.


STEP 6: With wrong sides in, pin your two pieces of fabric together and sew around the outer edge leaving the neckline unsewn.


STEP 7:  Now flip the piece inside out and press down your seams. Press the neckline under as well, and hand stitch it closed with a blind stitch.  (If you’d like to add a collar, insert into the neckline before stitching close.)


STEP 8: Arrange your feather Boa onto the pressed caplet, starting at the edges. Using a whipstitch, tack the feather Boa onto  the first layer of fabric only, not the lining. You can just trim edges of the piece or you can cover the whole thing by continuing to lay down parallel lines of feather Boa.


STEP 9: Finish the piece with some ribbon, a snap, or button to secure at the neckline. You now have a very sweet shawl for your favorite little lady!

For more Easter DIY feather crafts please see our HOW TO blog page! 

kid's feather costumeA Springtime DIY Idea for Your Chicklet!

Spring is here and we are giving you another reason to go outside and enjoy the weather! Get crafty with your kids this season and DIY a wonderful look for your pretty princess. We felt inspired by this Children At Play Photography image above which features a fabulous feather skirt and easily attachable feather hair clips you can buy right here! To make this fluffy skirt for a costume or just a fun day out, we recommend using one or two of our Chandelle Feather Boas… Or if your short on time, you can order an all ready made feathered skirt straight from BiddyJACK&Co !!!


Fat Tuesday Celebrations 2014

by Cristina on March 7, 2014


Fat Tuesday Celebrations 2014 - Revelers didn’t let anyone “rain” on their FAT Tuesday parades. Despite the damp and cold weather, krewe and crowds alike went all out to shake their tail feathers down the streets of New Orleans.

Photo by Todd Price, The Times-Picayune

Photo by Chris Granger,  The Times-Picayune

Got rain? A Shocking Pink Chandelle Feather boa trimmed umbrella will do the trick!

Marabou, Ostrich Feather Spads and Nandus adorn this Zulu Krewe members headdress and costume.

Photograph Jonathan Bachman - Reuters


Colorful Turkey Quills,  Marabou feathers and boas in these lively Mardi Gras youth’s costumes! Beyond adorable!


Who let the dogs out…!? Even mans best friend reveled at the 2014 Barkus parade! Check out how cute they look in their feather masks and parade float!

Mystic krewe at the 2014 Barkus Parade : photo g geiselman

Mardi Gras 2015 comes early next year on Tuesday, February 17th… Plan for next years fat Tuesday celebration costumes in advance and SHOP at The Feather Place for all of your feathered needs! Until next years Mardi Gras friends.

Photo David Grunfeld, AP


Get a head start on springtime weddings with our floral mini picks and stems, perfect for any arrangement! These versatile Feather Mini Picks come on wire for an easy way to attach them to practically anything! Not only are they a romantic addition to bouquets and arrangements, but you can make a beautiful bouquet alternative by attaching them to a styrofoam ball and adding ribbon!

Shop 15% off Feather Mini Picks both online and in our showrooms for Bridal Season and check out some arrangements we put together below to inspire you.



Want more DIY ideas? See our NEW Idea Gallery here!

Mardi Gras Parade Shades

by Becca on February 21, 2014



The magic of Mardi Gras is fast approaching! Are you ready to party and parade in style? This DIY project will take those boring, but necessary, sunglasses and turn them into a Mardi Gras mask fit for a king!

It’s all fun and functional with today’s DIY, Mardi Gras Parade Shades with feathers!

DIY Mardi Gras Parade Shades


  • Pair of sunglasses
  • Packaged Feathers from The Feather Place
  • Hot glue
  • Embellishments-paints, jewels, sequins, etc.


  1. Prepare your sunglasses with a bit of paint or maybe some glitter or sequins. Lay the stage for the real stars of this project—the feathers!DSC00390edit
  2. Glue feathers along the top and sides of your shades.  Feathers can be curled, dyed, glittered, and much more.DSC00395edit
  3. Add any final creative touches. Slide those shades on and go enjoy your local Mardi Gras parade in style and comfort._DSC7948editFor more great DIY feather crafts, make sure to check out the HOW TO tab on our Homepage!

Flurries of Feathers at New York Fashion Week!

by The Feather Place NYC on February 14, 2014



The blizzard and freezing temperatures didn’t dampen NYC’s fashion week plans, and the Fall/Winter 2014 runways were full of warm, fuzzy and feathery looks! We continue to see Ostrich Fringe used to create voluminous silhouettes, and the Nicole Miller show above was our favorite for using a mix of iridescent Peacock Eye Feathers and Ostrich for a truly unique party girl look. Use our Peacock Eye Fringe to create a similar look of your own!

The Fall/Winter 2014 season was full of subdued hues, from navy and eggplant to a deep goldenrod. Even the bright pops of colors were saturated, such as the maroons and reds on the Marchesa catwalk. We also loved the Ostrich Feather Boas used at Tracy Reese (below) because it doubles as a warm accessory that makes any outfit elegant!

Below: Kate Spade New York shows how city girls do chic, with ostrich feather trim, neck warmer and a voluminous ostrich coat. Try our Marabou Feather Jackets to stay warm this season!


Naeem Khan used a golden mix of colors to match their leopard spots, while black and iridescent Rooster Coque Tails reminds us of a high fashion mermaid!


Peter Som gives us flurries of feathers as he creates volume with Ostrich skirts in a popular color for this fall season- Navy Blue.


Below: Fierce dresses in all black by Reem Acra, using iridescent Rooster Coque Tails to create body hugging silhouettes. Wear our Coque Collar to get this look!


Tracy Reese used feathers more sparingly, and showed us that a simple accessory like an Ostrich Boa can turn a look from drab to fab!


Christian Siriano uses feathers almost every season, but this season we loved his interesting use of white Stripped Rooster Coque feathers and delicate accents of Ostrich fringe.


Black Rooster Coque makes for fierce looks down the Herve Leger runway, making an emphasis on sleeves.


This Marchesa collection is for the romantic woman, featuring lightly feathered looks fit for queens.

BLOG-MARCHESA Love these looks? Get DIY ideas at, and check out our Feather Garments to help you stay warm this season!



Feathered Love Notes

by Cristina on February 7, 2014


Feathered Love Notes

The Feather Girls are getting ready for Valentines Day with these lovely Feathered Stickers from The Feather Place! They are the perfect accent needed to turn these simple pink cards into fabulous feathered love notes! With 4 different styles at only $3.50 for a package of two, you really cant go wrong. These are perfect for Bridal Shower and Bachelorette Party invites too!!!

Feathered Love Notes

Shop The Feather Place and get your’s today!

Carnival- The Celebration Heard Around the World!

by The Feather Place NYC on February 2, 2014



We are all geared up for Carnival season and envious of everyone about to celebrate in warmer climates! Carnival season is typically in the month of February and occurs annually before Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of Lent. The celebrations involve masquerading, dancing, floats and street parties depending on location. These festivals can be found around the world, from Brazil to Trinidad and even European countries such as Italy and France. We compiled Carnival celebration pictures to give you a taste of what’s to come around the world for Carnival 2014!

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (above and below):


Port of Spain, Trindad & Tobago (similar festivals celebrated in Toronto, Brooklyn, Miami, and Notting Hill):



Mardigras in New Orleans, Louisiana:



Faschnact, which is celebrated in Germany and Switzerland:


Rosenmontagsumzug in Köln: Gruppe mit Clown- Marionetten

Nice, France:


france-nice-carnival4Venice, Italy: