Learn about the craft of hat making while viewing exceptional toppers and discussing their historical importance.

Harlem Heaven Hats Shop

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What You'll Do

Ascending the walls on peg after peg, the hats in Harlem's Heaven seem almost alive, preening and shimmering with rich fabrics and exotic feathers. Even more vivid is the story they tell. Guiding intimate groups through her boutique, Evetta Petty shows you her personal collection of vintage hats and illustrates the history of American hat-making—especially in the African-American community—weaving tales of high-fashion headwear from the time of slavery through the present day.


  • Learn the Fascinating Story Behind American Headwear
    Master milliner Evetta Petty covers the history of her art from slavery to the modern day.


  • See Hundreds of Stylish Hats
    Evetta Petty's collection ranges from rare vintage pieces to modern runway fashions.

Each event is capped at 15 participants; each event requires a minimum of ten participants in order to take place.


Your Host

Evetta Petty Evetta Petty
Bespoke Milliner


A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Evetta Petty has spent the last 20 years perfecting her hat-crafting skills. At her boutique, Harlem's Heaven, she has hand-crafted hats for such figures as Star Jones and Patti LaBelle. Recently, her hats have been on display at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York as part of their Global Africa Project.


When

Tours begin at 6:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday
    November 12 | November 19
    December 10 | December 17

  • Wednesday
    November 6 | November 13 | November 20
    December 4 | December 11 | December 18

  • Thursday
    November 7
    December 5


Where You'll Meet

The personal millinery of acclaimed bespoke hat-maker Evetta Petty, Harlem's Heaven has been praised by CBS and The Hat Magazine as one of New York's best spots to pick up some stylish head coverings.


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    Harlem Heaven Hats Shop

    2538 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd

    New York, New York 10039

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In a Nutshell

Hat-maker for celebrities such as Star Jones and Patti LaBelle illustrates the rich history of headwear via her shop's high-fashion examples

The Fine Print

Expiration varies. Limit 15 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Refundable only on day of purchase. Min. of 10 participants or experience subject to cancellation. No value after experience date & time have passed. Experience Provider is issuer of tickets for experience. Price reflects Experience Provider’s current prices. Must provide email address at checkout, which SideTour will provide to facilitate redemption. Must be 18 or older. Gratuity included. Be on time to experience. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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