Giant collection of open crown, flat brim straw hats. Scarlett Parker and her British cousin, Vivian Tremont, are laborious at work at Mim’s Whims—their girls’ hat store on London’s stylish Portobello Road—to create hats for an Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea, a fund-raiser for an area kids’s hospital.
This has been an unexpectedly busy summer for Paul Wasserman, proprietor of Henry the Hatter, the nation’s oldest hat retailer, who introduced 4 weeks in the past that his iconic enterprise will quickly shut its Detroit store after losing its downtown lease.
His customer base likes dressing up. The complete title of the shop is Bernard’s Put on: The Steppers Retailer, as a result of it caters to people seeking swank attire for stepping, a dance style that’s “type of an African-American version of ballroom dancing,” Shannon said.
This year, Hatco, the producer of Stetson felt hats and straw hats in …