Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Milliner Sarah Havens to Demonstrate ‘Hat-Making for the Holidays’ at Kentucky Artisan Center Oct 10

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, October 06, 2015  
Contact Information:  Gwen Heffner
Information Specialist
Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
859/ 985-5448, Ext. 230

On Saturday, Oct. 10, Louisville milliner Sarah Havens will demonstrate hat-making for the holidays from  10:30 to 3:30 at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

Originally from Louisville, Havens learned to make hats in college where she studied theatre and specialized in costume design. She then honed her craft working in internships and learning millinery at professional opera companies such as the Santa Fe Opera where she worked under Sharon Stone, one of the milliners for the movie “Titanic.”

Havens did free-lance work and then worked seven years as a craft artisan at the Cincinnati Play House in the Park, building hats accessories, masks and dying fabric for their shows. Tony Award winner Catherine Zuber then offered her the chance to create hats for the Metropolitan Opera’s production of the “Barber of Seville.”


Photos, left to right: Sarah Havens in her studio; hats by Havens are designed for both women and men

“Theatre has been and still is influential to my hat designs,” Havens states. “My designs range from whimsical to classical styles. I love that hats create a sense of mystery that our culture craves.”

Moving to Louisville from Newport, Rhode Island in 2012, Havens re-established her hat business in the historic Hope Mills Building in the Germantown area of Louisville. The annual Kentucky Derby soon became a major reason for specialty hat commissions and her Derby hats, created for men and women, range from simple to whimsical to classic.

“I like to make hats for men and women that not only fit the size and shape of their heads, but their lifestyles as well,” she states. “Your first impression is always important – so why not make it a lasting one by wearing the perfect hat!”

Hats by Havens are regularly available at the center, located just off Interstate 75 at Berea, Exit 77. The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel information areas are open daily, year-round, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the cafe open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

The center currently features works by more than 700 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. A gallery exhibit, “It Takes Two: Collaborations by Kentucky Artisans.” is on display through Feb. 27, 2016, and in the lobby “Weaving in Kentucky: A Continuing Tradition” is on display through Nov. 14. For information about the center’s events call 859-985-5448, visit us on Facebook at, or go to the center’s website at

Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.