McKinney's Bay Willow Design offers custom-made hats for all occasions, people

Jenny Mathison-Foster opened Bay Willow Design in downtown McKinney in 2015.

Jenny Mathison-Foster opened Bay Willow Design in downtown McKinney in 2015.

Image description
Bay Willow Design
Image description
Bay Willow Design
Image description
Bay Willow Design hat
Jenny Mathison-Foster stumbled across a love for millinery, or women’s hat making, when she discovered the intricacy of the process about 20 years ago, she said.

In September 2015, Mathison-Foster opened Bay Willow Design in downtown McKinney. Bay Willow sells ready-to-wear hats and makes hats to order.

“I am a little bit different than all the rest of the stores downtown,” Mathison-Foster said. “More of my business is custom [orders] than people buying from the shop.”

Bay Willow’s custom-client base varies, Foster said. Some customers need extravagant hats to wear to the Kentucky Derby or to Mad Hatter tea parties, while others order more casual hats to wear day to day.

Mathison-Foster, whose background is in fabric design and art history, said millinery is a way to use all her knowledge and express her creativity. She said she has the tools and materials to make hundreds of hats in different sizes, shapes and colors.

“There is so much you can do with hats for women; it’s crazy,” she said. “Almost everything I do is hand-sewn.”

Bay Willow is both a shop and Mathison-Foster’s design studio. She said a great thing about a shop connected to a studio is having clients come in, try on different hats and find the perfect style for them.

“A hat changes your attitude; it changes your look; and it changes who you are,” she said.

Bay Willow expects to undergo renovations this summer. Foster said she is planning to remove the dividing wall between the shop and studio. She hopes this will make the space more welcoming to customers who would like to learn more about the hat-making process.
SHARE THIS STORY


MOST RECENT

Noble Wolf Vodka will no longer be coming to McKinney. (courtesy Noble Wolf Vodka)
Noble Wolf Vodka no longer opening distillery in McKinney

Noble Wolf Vodka announced it will no longer be coming to McKinney on Dec. 12.

CBD Plus USA will sell various cannabidiol products, including drops, creams, edibles and more, to alleviate stress-related and physical ailments. (courtesy Adobe Stock)
CBD Plus USA is now open in McKinney on University Drive

CBD Plus USA opened a location in McKinney on Dec. 10.

RaceTrac reopened on Nov. 21 at 1608 S. McDonald St., McKinney.  (courtesy RaceTrac)
RaceTrac reopens on McDonald Street in McKinney following renovations

RaceTrac reopened on Nov. 21 at 1608 S. McDonald St., McKinney. The gas station began renovations in May.

The Estates of Verona offers houses built by Grand Homes. (courtesy The Estates of Verona)
Featured neighborhood: The Estates of Verona

The Estates of Verona offers a relaxing lifestyle conveniently located close to shopping, business and recreation. Homes are located on sites up to a half-acre in size in a community with th

Collin County voters will have a chance to decide Republican and Democratic nominees in the March 3 primaries. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Collin County voting: State, local primaries take shape for Republicans, Democrats

Republicans and Democrats have filed for their respective primaries, which Texas voters will decide on March 3.

The Magic Needle Piercing Studio offers a variety of body piercings. (Courtesy The Magic Needle Piercing Studio)
The Magic Needle Piercing Studio now open in downtown McKinney

The Magic Needle Piercing Studio opened Dec. 10 in downtown McKinney.

McKinney City Council member La'Shadion Shemwell will host a town hall meeting on Dec. 16. (Cassidy Ritter/Community Impact Newspaper)
McKinney City Council member La'Shadion Shemwell to host town hall Dec. 16

McKinney City Council member La'Shadion Shemwell will be hosting a public town hall meeting on Dec. 16 at 7 p.m., according to a city news statements release Dec. 10.

Body Machine Fitness has a location in Plano (courtesy Body Machine Fitness)
Body Machine Fitness to offer nightclub-like atmosphere at new McKinney gym

Body Machine Fitness is opening a new center in McKinney at Hub 121, located on the northwest corner of SH 121 and Alma Road.

McKinney's senior population on the rise

Senior over 65 years of age make up about 10% of McKinney's population.

McDonald's is opening a new location in McKinney at University and Lake Forest drives. (courtesy Adobe Stock)
McDonald's to open restaurant on University Drive in McKinney

McDonald’s is opening a location at the southwest corner of Lake Forest and University drives, according to …

My Vinyl Craft is now open on University Drive in McKinney. (courtesy My Vinyl Craft)
My Vinyl Craft now open in McKinney on University Drive

My Vinyl Craft opened Dec. 6 at 1971 University Dr., Ste. 110, McKinney.

Local officials say seniors are one of the groups most targeted for financial fraud. (courtesy Adobe Stock)
Local officials say seniors more likely to be targeted for illegal finance scams

Seniors are one of the groups most targeted for financial fraud, local officials warn.•In 2018, there were six validated reports of financial fraud against Collin County residents age 65 and older, according to data from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. 

Back to top