Kentucky Derby Hats by SHOW PONY Millinery

KENTUCKY DERBY & OAKS 2018: Shipping Times


If delivery to the USA is required, we suggest ordering your headpiece by ABSOLUTELY NO LATER than Monday 23 April (the earlier, the better!) – which should hopefully mean you receive it by Thursday 3 May* – literally just one day prior to the Kentucky Oaks and two days before the Kentucky Derby.

EEK! That’s super tight timing! (You could always just buy your Kentucky Derby hat today & avoid all stress…)

2017 Kentucky Oaks hat by SHOW PONY Millinery

At the time of publishing, the majority of our Kentucky Derby hats are ready to be dispatched to the post office within two working days. That time may extend the closer we get to the event date due to an increase in orders so keep an eye out in our online boutique where we will update hat processing times accordingly as that will also extend the time in which you can expect to receive your Kentucky Derby hat.

Once your hat has been dispatched, it takes roughly 5-7 working days to get to the United States, though this timeframe is not guaranteed by our postal service provider.

We use New Zealand Post’s international courier service to ship all our hats and they stress that 5-7 working day timeframe is a best estimate only and NOT a guarantee of delivery.

So by working back from that and assuming you have selected a headpiece that has a 2 working day dispatch period (check though – others are longer!), the absolute latest we suggest placing your order with us is Monday 23 April 2018. From there, cross your fingers that there are no delays in the postal service! (It’s very rare, but it can and does happen and we take no responsibility for that).

* We cannot stress enough how important it is to purchase your headpiece well in advance of an event and that this cut-off date is the absolute final day we would ever suggest you purchase your hat by for the 2018 Kentucky Derby or Oaks. Even then, we can’t guarantee it will arrive in time – you really are leaving it up until the last minute and we all know that delays in shipping can & do happen.

We’ll do what we can from our end, and we work super long hours during this period doing our best to make miracles happen but we aren’t responsible for hats that are delayed or lost in the postal service, especially when they’ve been ordered at the last minute. It is up to you as the purchaser to take any issue up with the shipping provider.


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