Harlem’s heaven of hats

Renee Minus White | 10/23/2014, 2:31 p.m.
Evetta Petty, designer and owner of Harlem’s Heaven Hat Boutique. Renee Minus White

While walking along West 117th Street at Frederick Douglas Boulevard, especially on the weekends, you will find Evetta Petty showing off her stylish hats. The hats look the best on her, even though she designs a marvelous collection for men and women around town.

Hats were all over the fashion runways this season. Colors are in, along with wide and small brims. Caps are chic. For more than 20 years, Petty’s hats have captured worldwide attention. She is proud to have been chosen as an emerging entrepreneur by the President William Jefferson Clinton Foundation.

Petty designs the extensive line of hats and accessories that are on display at her popular hat stand. “I travel the world to cities like Tokyo, Rome, Hong Kong and New Delhi, looking for unusual textiles to create a more global headwear experience,” she said. Her hats have been worn by many celebrities, including Patti LaBelle and Star Jones, and featured on TV shows such as “Anderson Cooper Live” and “The View.” Many women wear Petty’s hats to the Kentucky Derby and the Royal Ascot in England.

“You know, a hat completes a woman’s look,” said Petty. She has also created hats for movies and fashion magazine covers.

Harlem’s Heaven Hat Boutique, located at 2538 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. at West 147th Street, is the place to shop for her more than 1,000 hats. However, many folks downtown love her hats and their availability on the corner of West 117th. She is known for her big and bold hatpins.

Petty’s hats have humor, whimsy, rhythm and fantasy and are also available at www.harlemsheaven.com.