Long Island City, Queens — Designer Eric Javits has created hats for some of the world’s most glamorous stars including Sarah Jessica Parker, Serena Williams, Margot Robbie and Viola Davis. earth style.
Javits has come a long way since he was a student at Buckley School on the Upper East Side.
He trained as an artist but accidentally fell into making hats.
The designer made the first hat for a friend so that he or she would be more likely to walk into Studio 54 during the heyday of 1970s disco.
“I heard there would be hundreds of people in line, so I said, ‘Mimi, I’ll make you a hat for you, and I’ll get you in right away,’ and of course I did!” Javits said.
When he started, Javits was warned that making hats was a “dying business”, but he didn’t listen.
Today, thanks in part to his efforts, Chapeau is thriving and surviving.
His work spans generations between Barbra Streisand and Jennifer Lopez.
His hat has graced the likes of Lady Gaga and Madonna. “It’s a great validation,” he told Entertainment Reporter Sandy Kenyon during a recent visit to his workshop in Long Island City.
Javits has become the go-to hat maker for everyone from Emily Blunt on Mary Poppins posters to Kim Kardashian to Beyoncé.
“Beyoncé was being honored as a fashion icon at an event. I held up a picture of her I took with that hat, and she said I love you,” Javits said.
Then the superstar kissed Javits!
We also design handbags and shoes with an emphasis on practicality.
This cool and functional combination is embodied in his trademark squeeze hat invention.
Javits explained to Kenyon, “This is the best example of a packable sun hat that can be rolled up and folded back into shape.”
Javits hats are hand crafted and meticulously finished down to the final embellishment of the fabric.
Everything he sells is guided by his original mission. “I wanted to change and modernize the whole thing a bit so that modern women with busy lives and active lifestyles can do it.”
Javits is a modest man.
In fact, if you blink while watching his holiday video, you’ll miss his cameo appearance. His great-uncle was Senator Jacob Javits (Republican of New York), for whom the Javits Center was named, but he told Kenyon that he grew up around stylish women and that they inspired him. He never made a big deal about simply telling him that he gave a ration.
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